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Trauma Experts and Centers

Trauma Experts and Centers in California

Compiled by Mojgan Rahbari-Jawoko
Updated 6 February 2015

Treatment Services and Adaption Centers:

UCSF HEARTS (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools)

UCSF HEARTS (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools) is a multilevel prevention and intervention program that collaborates with the San Francisco Unified School District to promote school success for students who have experienced complex trauma, by creating school environments that are more trauma-sensitive and supportive of the needs of these students. Co-founder and director Joyce Dorado is an Associate Clinical Professor and the Director of Clinical Research and Evaluation at Child and Adolescent Services (CAS), a trauma-informed mental health clinic at UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital that provides services to children, youth, and families from under-resourced, culturally diverse communities. Dr. Dorado led and coordinated CAS data contributions to the NCTSN Core Data Set for over six years, collaborated with Laurel Kiser and the Family-Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center to implement and help evaluate Strengthening Families Coping Resources (SFCR) multifamily groups at CAS, and currently participates in the Family Systems and the Schools Collaborative Groups.

Contact: Joyce Dorado, Ph.D.
Child and Adolescent Services, Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue, Unit 6B
San Francisco, CA 94110
Work: (415) 206-3278

University of Southern California, Adolescent Trauma Training Center
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016

The University of Southern California Adolescent Trauma Training Center (USC-ATTC) will train clinicians and disseminate information throughout the United States on the assessment and treatment of trauma effects—including substance abuse—in multitraumatized, socially marginalized adolescents who come in contact with mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. The intervention that USC-ATTC will disseminate is the recently developed, empirically validated Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A). To further increase ITCT-A's focus on youth who are involved in significant alcohol or drug abuse, the center will consult with experts and will augment this treatment package with two additional components: mindfulness training and intervention in substance abuse. These new ITCT-A components will be expanded into more comprehensive, stand-alone treatment guides—Mindfulness Training for Traumatized Adolescents and Treating Substance Abuse Issues in Traumatized Adolescents—that can be used as supplements to treatment packages or in approaches other than ITCT-A. Additional products of this project will be posted on the USC-ATTC and NCTSN websites, and will be distributed in face-to-face and Web-based workshops for NCTSN and non-NCTSN individuals and groups.

Contact: John Briere
Phone: (323) 226-5697

University of Southern California, Trauma Services Adaptation (TSA) Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2009 - 2012

The Treatment and Services Adaptation (TSA) Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools will: 1) serve as the primary resource site for schools to access trauma-related products and training through the NCTSN; 2) develop and disseminate school-based, trauma-informed interventions to improve schools’ understanding of and responses to trauma; and 3) create technology-enhanced tools and materials for broader dissemination in schools. Given the broad array of traumas experienced by students, and in an effort to help meet the training and service needs of each school, the center will address all types of trauma. The center will also partner with the NCCTS and its member and alumni sites to build resilience in schools by preparing and educating school personnel to be responsive to the needs of children and families with seamless, accessible, and effective services that involve all members of the school community. Additionally, the center will fill critical gaps by providing widespread access to, training in, and implementation support for materials and resources including: 1) enhancing the expertise of school personnel in the prevention-recovery continuum (including violence and bullying prevention) and in using the methodology in the Listen, Protect, and Connect — Model & Teach Psychological First Aid for Children (endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education) for school crisis intervention; 2) addressing the lack of evidence-based programs in schools with minimal mental health resources by disseminating the teacher-led Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) program, and by developing a self-guided Web-based Student Trauma Resiliency Curriculum (STRC) program for older middle and high school students; 3) extending the reach of school-based trauma interventions to address the needs of elementary-age students by incorporating the Bounce Back program; and 4) identifying and addressing the needs of particularly vulnerable students such as LGBT youth.

Contact: Marleen Wong
Phone: (213) 740-0840

Early Trauma Treatment Network at the University of California, San Francisco
Funding Period: 2012 -2016; 2009 - 2012; 2005 - 2009; 2001 - 2005

The Early Trauma Treatment Network (ETTN): Raising the Standard of Care for Young Children 0–5 will address the needs of traumatized young children and preschoolers by raising their standard of care and by enabling increased access to evidence-based trauma treatment for them. ETTN will work to build early trauma competence in the systems serving these children. Statistically, young children and preschoolers have a higher exposure to trauma; and they are the most defenseless due to developmental vulnerability, and dependency on parents and/or caregivers. ETTN will: 1) address training and service gaps by engaging in activities that promote workforce development; 2) create culturally competent products, resources, and training protocols; and 3) build mechanisms for collaboration across the mental health, pediatric care, early childhood education, early intervention, child welfare, judicial, and military systems. ETTN is a collaborative of four national programs. All ETTN sites will provide training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), a manualized, evidence-based intervention for young children. To improve access to services and to raise the standard of care for traumatized young children and preschoolers, ETTN will build training infrastructure and conduct five Learning Collaboratives with NCTSN Centers and community-based programs—focusing on American Indian providers, military family providers, distance learning technologies, Train-the-Trainer Learning Collaboratives to increase CPP capacity in training and supervision, and national Learning Collaboratives with tracks for Spanish-speaking providers. Additionally, ETTN will create educational and training materials for parents, childcare providers, and service providers for military families; and will collaborate with the NCCTS and with NCTSN Centers in cross-site evaluation, training, and dissemination. Over the course of the grant, ETTN will provide training related to early childhood trauma to 40,000+ service providers and CPP training to a minimum of 480 mental health practitioners.

Contact: Alicia Lieberman
Phone: (415) 206-5979

The Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego,
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2010 - 2013; 2005 - 2009; 2002 - 2005

The Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project (CTISP-DI) will be created by the Chadwick Center for Children and Families and the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) to meet the needs of child abuse victims served by Child Protective Services and Child Welfare (CW) services across the nation. The center—in cooperation with the NCCTS, other select US Treatment and Services Adaptation (TSA) Centers and Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Centers, NCTSN committees, and CW and mental health organizations providing trauma treatment nationwide—will lead the transformation of public CW agencies into trauma-informed systems. CTISP-DI will translate the Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Conceptual Framework developed by CTISP into a systems-level intervention with multiple components including training, consultation, and ongoing support using the Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit and the revised version of the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (also developed as part of CTISP), among other tools. The CTISP-DI Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System Intervention will be disseminated to at least six CW systems in the United States to help them become supercommunities that fully implement the intervention at a true performance level. These evolved, trauma-informed CW systems will then reach thousands of children and families, and will serve as exemplars for their states and the nation while helping to lead the movement to true trauma-informed practice. The CTISP-DI will help to change the wider community CW system into a multidimensional, evidence-based, trauma-informed system that is better able to meet the unique needs of children and families involved in the CW system.

Contact: Charles Wilson
Phone: (858) 966-5814

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Training Center, University of California, Davis
Funding Period: 2009 - 2012

The UC Davis–PCIT Training Center project will further the dissemination of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) by developing and testing a web course (PCITWeb) designed to inform professionals who may want to acquire and/or enhance PCIT skill involvement. The center will also develop a Learning Collaborative that focuses on the use of PCIT with young traumatized children and their families, and will create several products to enhance and support clinicians’ use of PCIT in a broad range of settings (e.g., community mental health centers, private practice, and in-home services). Three pathways will be used to disseminate knowledge and skills related to the application of PCIT: 1) the creation of a 10-hour culturally competent web course for mental health providers who serve traumatized children and their families; 2) enrollment of 10 agencies in PCIT Competency Achievement Training to deliver PCIT services and train staff at these agencies to use the 10-hour web courses in their communities; and 3) development of PCIT products that will support the effective use of PCIT. These objectives will be achieved through extensive collaboration with NCTSN members, and will include formation of a PCIT Learning Collaborative, a PCIT Workgroup, and a PCIT Family Consumer group.

Contact: Anthony Urquiza
Phone: (916) 734-7833

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at the University of California, Los Angeles
Funding Period: 2012 -2016; 2009 -2012; 2005 - 2009; 2001 - 2005

The UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and the Duke University School of Medicine jointly host the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS), leading the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) in transforming treatment and services to meet the needs of traumatized children and their families across the United States. Through extensive expertise, resources, organizational experience, and vision, the NCCTS guides and supports the NCTSN. The NCCTS also provides strong technical assistance to support Network data collection, cross-site collaborative activities, product development and dissemination, training, adoption and adaptation of interventions, communications, policy analysis and initiatives, and program evaluation.

Contact: Susan Ko
Phone: (310) 235-2633, extension 234

Community Treatment and Services Centers:

The Community Trauma Treatment Center for Runaway and Homeless Youth, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Funding Period: 2009 - 2012; 2005 - 2009

The Community Trauma Treatment Center for Runaway and Homeless Youth uses knowledge about trauma to transform service delivery to homeless youth ages 13-21 in the Hollywood community. This work includes the implementation of evidence- and practice-based clinical treatment; the development, implementation, and evaluation of trauma-informed services; and capacity-building activities directed at direct care and clinical staff. The Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the lead agency and is collaborating with four community Agencies—Covenant House California, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, the Los Angeles Youth Network, and My Friend’s Place—and other agencies within the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership. In addition to the work done to improve local services for homeless youth, the Community Trauma Treatment Center for Runaway and Homeless Youth is developing products and training curricula (including web-based training) and is partnering with national technical assistance organizations to transform services for homeless youth nationally.

Contact: Arlene Schneir
Phone: (323) 361-3901

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, Military Families Achieving Recovery
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016

Military Families Achieving Recovery (MFAR) will serve military children, youth, and families in the South Bay/Harbor region of Los Angeles County who face challenges such as deployment stressors, combat-related mental health problems, and poor access to services and consistent support. The project will develop and sustain a comprehensive suite of trauma-informed, community-based services that includes: 1) Outreach, Engagement, and Education; 2) Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS); and 3) Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). During the grant period, MFAR will treat an expected 360 military children, youth, and families for trauma-exposure; and will provide 1,300 military families and community professionals with outreach and engagement to educate them on trauma and its sequelae.

Contact: Rebecca Gaba
Phone: (310) 751-5352

Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Restorative Trauma-Informed Practices for Teens
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016

Restorative Trauma-lnformed Practices (TIPS) for Teens program will deliver Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) to a population of adolescents aged 12–19, most of whom are either African American or Latino/Latina. The program expects to serve 320 teens during the grant period. Additionally, TIPS for Teens will: 1) increase access to trauma-informed treatment by providing education and professional development services to 42 school-based mental health service providers; and 2) provide information and outreach on trauma and trauma-informed responses to 670 parents, students, staff, and community-based organizations.

Contact: Cindy Hill-Ford
Phone: (510) 768-3112

Another Choice, Another Chance, Community Child Trauma Treatment Center
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016

Another Choice, Another Chance will provide outpatient Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) to children and youth aged 3–18 from diverse ethnic backgrounds, who live at or below the poverty level, and who have been victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. The center will provide 12–20 sessions of individual, group, and/or family treatment services to 200 children/youth and their parents or other primary caregivers.

Contact: Sandi Snelgrove
Phone: (916) 361-2089
Gilbert Reyes, Ph.D.

Native American Health Center, Inc., Urban Native Center for Life Empowerment (UNCLE)
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2009 - 2012

The Urban Native Center for Life Empowerment II (UNCLE II) will provide community-based, culturally appropriate, trauma-informed, and trauma-focused services for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children, youth, and families. The program will consist of: 1) direct trauma treatment services and community education about trauma; 2) training of key stakeholders from the child welfare, juvenile justice, educational, behavioral, and public health systems, as well as from nonprofit community-based agencies servicing AIAN children and their families; and 3) cultural activities to build resiliency. UNCLE II will also promote system-level policy changes to trauma-informed services.

Contact: Janet King
Phone: (510) 434-5421

Center for Survivors of Torture (CST)
2400 Moorpark Ave.
Suite #300, San Jose, CA 95128
Tel: 408-975-2730
Fax: 408-975-2745

Since its inception in 2000 CST has provided specialized services, including individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatry, psychological and medical evaluations for political asylum cases, medical, social and legal services to more than 800 victims of torture and family members from 64 countries.A program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Santa Clara County's largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community.

Trauma Recovery for Refugees & Immigrants in Southern California
1151 Dove Street, Suite 210
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 891-2005

Shifting the paradigm from the traditional model of one-on-one psychotherapy to safe, empathic, community-based approaches to healing & recovery