Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC)
The CTTC is a statewide program within the Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School funded by a 5-year Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) from 2016-2021, funding from the Department of Mental Health and the Lookout Foundation.
The mission of UMMS-CTTC is to improve the standard of care for traumatized youth across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with a particular focus on Court-Involved Youth and Military Families, emphasizing underserved and high risk populations of LGBTQ, CSEC, youth of substance abusing parents, and transition-age youth. UMMS-CTTC is a recognized national expert in addressing childhood trauma in our communities.
Goals of CTTC
- Improve the identification of trauma and traumatic stress symptoms in children by widely disseminating training for professionals;
- Improve access to treatment for youth and families who have experienced trauma and adversity; and
- Broadly disseminate high quality, family-focused, culturally competent training in evidence-based treatment to clinicians who work with trauma-affected youth.
We provide a variety of trainings in childhood trauma to help develop, enhance and strengthen the ability of child-serving professionals to identify and screen for trauma-related symptoms, and to make referrals to evidence-based trauma treatments. Professional groups we collaborate with include: pediatricians and medical professionals, law enforcement, courts, attorneys, schools, child welfare, advocacy groups, and others. Please contact Genevieve Kane-Howse, LMHC at Genevieve.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions related to TIC trainings.
We have established a toll-free number (1-855-LINK-KID) for families and the community to streamline the link between children in need of evidence-based trauma treatment and mental health providers who have been trained in these treatments. We are able to make referrals to treatment for ages 0-22. Treatments include Trauma-Focused Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Alternatives for Families: Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). DOWNLOAD OUR LINK-KID BROCHURE HERE
If you are a MA clinician who has completed a full training cohort in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Attachment, Self Regulation, and Competency (ARC); Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT); Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), or Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), and you would like your name added to our clinician database or are interested in hearing more about our project, please contact our CTTC Project Director, Genevieve Kane-Howse at email@example.com or 774-455-4102. We look forward to hearing from you!
- We offer training and consultation in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to clinicians and supervisors in order to increase the number of providers trained in evidence-based trauma treatment in our state.
- TF-CBT is the most rigorously tested treatment for trauma in children, with research supporting that TF-CBT is more effective than therapy as usual for traumatized youth.
- TF-CBT is a time-limited, components-based trauma-focused model that involves child sessions, parent sessions, and combined parent-child sessions.
- The goal for providing training and consultation in TF-CBT is to increase access to treatment services for youth and families who have experienced trauma and families throughout Massachusetts.
- We will be providing additional advanced training in applications of TF-CBT for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC), youth of substance abusing parents, and Transition Age Youth.
Trainings can be adapted to meet the needs of a variety of audiences. Please contact Genevieve Kane-Howse, LMHC at Genevieve.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions related to the trainings that CTTC offers.