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LINK-KID

LINK-KID – A Centralized Referral Service

The Child Trauma Training Center has 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. Click BU Pamphlet for a brochure on "Understanding Childhood Trauma and Your Family".   BU Pamphlet (002).pdf

We have developed a large network of providers across the state who have been trained in trauma-focused EBTs. The primary goal of LINK-KID is to help youth receive quality treatment for trauma as soon as possible, and decrease wait times while providing support. LINK-KID maintains an active database of providers across the state trained in trauma-focused EBTs, including information about waitlists, language capacity, and insurances accepted. 

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). Our Clinical Coordinators do their best to match each child's individual needs with the appropriate treatment model; while taking into consideration the type of health insurance the child has and their location in The Commonwealth. To learn more about the types of Evidence-Based Treatments we refer for, please see below. 

Key Features of LINK-KID

Parents, caregivers, and child-serving professionals (physicians, teachers, attorneys, etc.) are able to make just one referral to LINK-KID for treatment for their child, rather than make referrals to numerous local mental health agencies.  Calls are screened for trauma exposure and trauma-related symptoms. Appropriate treatment options are discussed with caregivers and/or referral sources. Referral coordinators will make the referral within one business day of speaking with the caregiver. LINK-KID coordinators update caregivers and referral sources on the status of the youth’s referral on a regular basis.  Parents/caregivers receive trauma reading materials related to their child’s trauma exposure and symptoms; information on evidence based trauma treatments; and information on the healing process of trauma.

To Make a referral to LINK-KID (youth age 0-22):

  • Call: 1-855-Link-Kid (1-855-546-5543)  to speak to one of our clinical referral coordinators! Callers who are deaf or hard of hearing can use MassRelay 7-1-1 to access LINK-KID
  • Click HERE for our referral form!  Complete the form and E-mail to the address below or fax to 774-455-4111.  
  • Email: CTTCreferral@umassmed.edu

Evidence Based Trauma Treatments We Refer For:

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
    • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment created for youth age 3 to 21 who have experienced traumatic life events such as sexual or physical abuse, traumatic loss of a loved one, domestic, school or community violence, witnessing natural disasters, terrorism or war, and/or neglect.  Children and caregivers learn new skills to process these traumatic events, to control unwanted feelings, and to enhance safety and communication. 
    • Click HERE for a more detailed overview of TF-CBT!
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
    • Child Parent Psychotherapy is a type of intervention designed for young children ages 0 to 6 who have experienced traumatic life events. CPP focuses on the way these traumatic events have impacted the child and caregiver relationship and seeks to improve the relationship between caregiver and child while restoring the child’s sense of safety and overall functioning.
    • Click HERE for a more detailed overview of CPP!
  • Attachment, Self Regulation and Competency (ARC)
    • Attachment, Self Regulation, and Competency is a type of intervention for children and youth ages 2 to 21  who have experienced complex trauma. The three domains of attachment, self-regulation, and competency are often affected during traumatic events, and this therapy focuses on principles that help to strengthen these areas and build resilient youth.
    • Click HERE for a more detailed overview of ARC!
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
    • Parent Child Interaction Therapy is an evidenced-based treatment model with specific, step-by-step, live coached sessions with both the parent/caregiver and the child aged 2 to 12. Using a transmitter and receiver system, the parent/ caregiver is coached in specific skills as he or she interacts in specific play with the child. Usually, the therapist provides the coaching from behind a one-way mirror and the emphasis is on changing negative parent/caregiver child patterns.
    • Click HERE for a more detailed overview of PCIT!
  • Alternatives for Families: Cognative Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)
    • AF-CBT is appropriate for use with physically coercive/abusive parents and their children ages 5 to 17.  AF-CBT addresses the child's behaviors as a result of the abuse and the parent child relationship. This model is designed for use with physically abused children and the caregiver (offending parent/caregiver or other) who is willing to participate in treatment.  
    • Click HERE for a more detailed overview of AF-CBT!

For Clinicians:

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 genevieve.kane-howse@umassmed.edu or 774-455-4102.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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