SAMHSA funded Trauma Treatment Program
Children’s Research Triangle’s (CRT) Trauma Treatment Program (TTP) is an assessment-driven, trauma informed intervention program based in Chicago, Illinois. Funded since 2009 as a Community Treatment and Service Center for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the TTP makes trauma-informed therapeutic services available to children and adolescents ages 0 to 18 by providing and evaluating evidenced-based interventions, and educating professionals, caretakers, and other community members about the impact of trauma on youth. The TTP is an expansion of the existing program at CRT, thereby increasing the number of children served in the community. The TTP follows a comprehensive screening, assessment, and treatment process, which includes foundational material from the NCTSN's 2012 Breakthrough Series Collaborative, Improving Comprehensive Assessments and Case Formulations by Implementing the NCTSN Core Curriculum. As part of the TTP, all children and adolescents referred to CRT for services undergo an initial screening for trauma exposure. Children identified as having a history of trauma are referred for an assessment designed to obtain more information about the child’s trauma history, behavioral presentation, and trauma-related symptomatology. A high standard of care will be ensured by ongoing training, consultation, and reflective supervision for TTP staff and partner site The TTP works in multiple under-resourced community settings, requiring the use of a variety of treatment interventions to best meet the needs of the clients served. Consequently, the TTP employs several Evidence-Based Practices, including Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). During each of the five years of funding, 400 children and adolescents will be screened for traumatic histories; 225 will undergo a systematic trauma assessment; 60 will participate in TTP trauma-focused interventions; 60 will participate in Youth Trauma Workshops; one partner agency will receive intensive consultation services; 100 community members will receive training about the mental health impact of childhood trauma, and 50 community members will receive training on prevention/mental health promotion topics related to childhood trauma. Taking into account overlap in screening, assessment, and treatment, CRT will provide direct services to a minimum of 3,050 individuals over the five years. We are pleased that this grant has also allowed us to expand services to military families in the Chicagoland area.
Linda Schwartz, Ph.D.
Julianna Wesolowski, LCPC
Anne Wells, Ph.D.
Samantha Orbach, Psy.D.