Trauma Experts and Centers in the United States
Compiled by Mojgan Rahbari-Jawoko
Updated 12 March 2015
Treatment and Services Adaption Centers
Advancing Treatment and Services for Refugee Children and Adolescents, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2007 - 2011; 2005 - 2001
The purpose of the project "Advancing Treatment and Services for Refugee Children and Adolescents: Boston Children's Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience" is to provide national expertise in the area of Refugee Displacement and War Zone Trauma Refugee Health and Resettlement Agencies (Refugee Trauma). The proposed activities seek to achieve substantial progress in the development, training, dissemination, and evaluation of interventions that address refugee trauma. The project seeks to advance treatment and services for refugee trauma by pursuing the following goals:
1) To develop the infrastructure for successful dissemination of a known effective intervention for refugees (Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees) 2) To further support the development, training, dissemination and evaluation of a web-based providers guide to assessing and responding to the needs of young refugees, the Refugee Services Toolkit, in key service system settings, 3) To develop and evaluate an innovative preventative intervention for refugee trauma called "Promoting Positive Social Identity" using a social media platform to promote positive social identity and resilience, 4) To provide leadership and support infrastructure within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that promotes the collection of high quality data for policy and advocacy related to refugee trauma, and 5) To provide leadership within our local community, to the NCTSN and nationally on refugee trauma and the trauma-related needs of children within the refugee health and refugee resettlement service systems. The project expects to train more than 150 service providers in refugee services, have more than 5000 providers access the RST and use it to improve services, and over the lifetime of the project to enhance the refugee expertise of providers both within and outside of the NCTSN.
Contact: Heidi Ellis
Phone: (617) 919-4679
Families Increasing Resilience, Strength, and Trust Program (FIRST), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016
The Families Increasing Resilience, Strength and Trust through positive relationships (FIRST) Program will leverage training expertise, program evaluation, and product development to further the NCTSN's mission to positively influence the lives of families impacted by trauma. The program will increase availability of two evidence-based interventions—Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Sexual Behavior Problems: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (SBP-CBT)—delivered with high fidelity to traumatized families. Both PCIT (a SAMHSA-recognized intervention) and SBP-CBT (a comprehensive family-based intervention for children with inappropriate sexual behaviors) can be utilized to address child behavioral problems common among children affected by sexual and nonsexual trauma, and among families dealing with military deployment–related trauma. Implementation methods include innovative telehealth applications and Learning Collaborative strategies. The FIRST Program will expand treatments to military families experiencing deployment stressors and will enhance family resilience. The collaboration will contribute to the Network's understanding of the implementation process for family-based interventions including integrating new research findings from the program’s studies of telehealth-based implementation. Additionally, the program will provide support and leadership to Category III sites and other agencies seeking to expand their portfolio of trauma-informed services. Project deliverables will include: 1) PCIT and SBP-CBT Learning Collaborative models, 2) uniform training methods and materials, 3) telehealth protocols, and 4) development of a model of care for families of children with trauma exposure and secondary behavior management problems.
Contact: Beverly Funderburk
Phone: (405) 271-8858
Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016
The Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice (CTRJJ) will bring together national leaders in the child traumatic stress field to develop and widely disseminate evidence-based trauma interventions and trauma-informed services for youth and families exposed to domestic and community violence who are involved in the court, juvenile justice, and law enforcement systems. Three evidence-based interventions will be disseminated to ten sites each and tested for sustainability in three parallel initiatives by model developers: Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy-Adolescents (TARGET-A), and Trauma and Grief Components Therapy-Adolescents (TGCT-A), which are the two most widely disseminated evidence-based trauma interventions for violence-exposed youth in juvenile justice; and Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS), an evidence-based trauma intervention for violence-exposed families. Additionally, two other Network-developed juvenile justice trauma-informed services curricula/tools—Think Trauma and Judges’ Benchcard—will be adapted and disseminated across court, juvenile justice, and law enforcement systems in ten sites. Network-developed fact sheets, webinars, and professional/public policy publications will be updated and extended to address key underserved, violence-exposed, justice-involved youth (including those who are involved in gangs, sex trafficking victims, sex offenders, and substance abusers) and youth of color. These initiatives will involve 50 Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Centers or non-Network sites with 300 service agencies in training 5,000 multidisciplinary justice-affiliated child service providers in at least 15 states.
Contact: Julian Ford
Phone: (860) 679-8778
The School-Based Treatment and Services Adaptation Center, Lutheran Family Health Centers, New York, NY
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016
The School-Based Treatment and Services Adaptation (TSA) Center will be created by Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC), in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education in southwest Brooklyn, to further develop and validate trauma-informed treatments and services that will serve culturally diverse children and youth, and their families. The goals are to: 1) form a community coalition focused on building capacity to address child and family trauma, particularly within the context of larger child-serving systems including day care, preschools, schools, youth services, and child welfare; 2) build up community and stakeholder consensus and work collaboratively with TSA Centers and the NCCTS; 3) further culturally modify the TEMAS Narrative Therapy-Trauma (TNT-T); 4) develop an outreach component, which will include workshops to train parents, school and community agency personnel, and primary care providers; 5) train mental health staff and pediatric staff throughout the LFHC’s nine primary care centers and 15 school-based health centers; 6) identify, screen, and refer children and adolescents at high risk for traumatic stress; 7) train mental health staff at the Sunset Terrace Mental Health Center and Healthy Connections program; and 8) export training on the implementation of culturally competent, evidence-based TNT-T modalities.
Contact: Giuseppe Costantino
Phone: (718) 630-8919
Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care: Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016
The Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care: Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative (PICC) will increase the quality of child trauma services by integrating behavioral and physical health services, targeting traumatic stress exposure and recovery, extending accessibility of services by integrating trauma-informed behavioral health services with primary care, and promoting a sustainable integration. The center will support three levels of collaborative activity: 1) a Breakthrough Series, which will generate and test innovations to bridge the gaps between existing practices for prevention/early intervention for toxic stress in young children and the application of these practices within primary care settings; 2) a Learning Collaborative, which will promote the dissemination and adoption of these innovations, and will develop a Pediatric Integrated Care Training and Resource Toolkit; and 3) an Integrated Care Collaborative Group (ICCG) of participants from SAMSHA-NCTSI–funded sites and Network Affiliates. Dissemination will also be facilitated through the center's six core sites, its links to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and its hosting of the National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs.
Contact: Lawrence Wissow
Phone: (410) 614-1243
Program on Adolescent Traumatic Stress, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2003 - 2007
The Program on Adolescent Traumatic Stress (PATS) will further adapt, develop, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based, culturally relevant, trauma-informed interventions and resources for traumatized adolescents; and will increase access to and build capacity nationally for the delivery of these interventions and services for this population. To achieve these goals the program will: 1) develop Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents (TF-CBT-A); 2) adapt and develop NCTSN products that support delivery of effective, trauma-informed services for adolescents involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems; and 3) evaluate, disseminate, and implement Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT)—an intervention designed to reduce substance use risk and trauma-related mental health problems among abused adolescents. The target population area is the Southeastern United States (which has high rates of youth victimization and a disproportionate number of youth involved in the child welfare system) to increase the capacity of and access to evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions. PATS will train 960 practitioners across six states through 12 additional Learning Collaboratives and Community-Based Learning Collaboratives.
Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Funding Period: 2012 -2016; 2007 - 2011; 2002 - 2005
The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS) will continue to address health-related trauma in the lives of children and families. The center's mission is to reduce medical traumatic stress by promoting trauma-informed health care, by integrating practical evidence-based tools into pediatric medical care, and by ensuring that health care providers are knowledgeable and skilled in trauma-informed care for culturally diverse youth and their families. CPTS has developed and evaluated acute and brief family-focused interventions, which can be integrated within pediatric health care. The center’s four current goals are to: 1) engage and provide national expertise to health care providers and health care systems in improving outcomes for children and families with medical trauma; 2) adapt, disseminate, and provide training to mental health providers in trauma-informed assessments and interventions for children and families experiencing medical trauma; 3) ensure that children and families have access to evidence-based resources and interventions that address the impact of medical trauma; and 4) equip other child-serving systems with trauma-informed approaches to address injury, illness, and medical problems in children and families. Activities to achieve these goals include: promoting professional and public awareness of medical trauma via CPTS's active Web presence www.healthcaretoolbox.org (to reach 20,000 providers per year) and via CPTS’s partnership with national health provider organizations; supporting implementation of effective assessment and intervention for medical trauma in more than 100 health care settings; delivering training on and tools for assessment and intervention with medical trauma to more than 9,000 health and mental health providers; and disseminating trauma-focused resources in English and Spanish to children and families experiencing medical trauma.
Contact: Anne Kazak
Phone: (215) 590-2220
Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Singer Research Institute, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2009 - 2012; 2005 - 2009; 2001 - 2005
The Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents will provide national expertise in Clinical Interventions for Traumatic Stress Reactions and Traumatic Grief. The center—which developed Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)—will adapt both interventions for foster children with severe behavioral traumatic stress reactions, will develop a culturally adapted AF-CBT implementation manual, and will provide culturally adapted TF-CBT and AF-CBT training and consultation to therapists who treat military children. In addition, the center will: 1) address behavioral health disparities for children in foster care, LGBTQ youth, and military children with traumatic stress reactions or traumatic grief; 2) collaborate with Persad Center (the nation's second-oldest LGBTQ provider organization) to develop toolkits for child and adolescent mental health providers; 3) adapt TF-CBT treatment materials; 4) provide LGBTQ-competent TF-CBT training to therapists; and 5) develop a Clinical Interventions for Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Grief Partnership composed of national experts, highly experienced service providers, and consumers. This group will create and evaluate strategies of national impact to establish a sustainable workforce of therapists who can provide affordable, high-quality TF-CBT and AF-CBT for children across the United States.
Terrorism and Disaster Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Funding Period: 2012-2016
The Terrorism and Disaster Center (TDC) will work to enhance mental health preparedness, recovery, and resilience in children, families, and communities affected by disaster. Along with national expertise, the TDC will provide resources for intervention, training, consultation, and technical assistance related to disasters and terrorism. Goals include: 1) providing national disaster mental health leadership, 2) increasing disaster mental health public awareness, 3) developing and implementing disaster mental health interventions, 4) creating disaster mental health training protocols and resources, 5) partnering with service providers, and 6) collaborating with NCTSN partners on disaster issues. TDC will develop, implement, and evaluate four disaster mental health interventions: the Resilience and Coping Intervention (RCI) for children, the Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit (CART), the Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit for Youth (CART-Youth), and the Disaster and Media Intervention (DMI) for youth.
Creating and Sustaining the Next Generation of Trauma-Informed Practitioners, Fordham University & Hunter College Schools of Social Work, New York, NY
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2009 - 2012
The Creating & Sustaining the Next Generation of Trauma-Informed Practitioners project will implement “Core Concepts First"—a model that combines foundational developmentally informed trauma knowledge with five treatments designed to treat the pervasive developmental effects of trauma. The center's model will transform NCTSN trauma training; and will increase the capacity of practitioners, schools of social work (SSWs), and community agencies to provide children, adolescents, and their families with the most effective trauma-informed treatment. Working with practitioners, community-based agencies, NCSTN Category II sites, and SSWs, the center will implement its Core Concepts First model, which combines NCTSN’s Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma (CCCT) with trauma treatment trainings. The goals of the project are to strengthen trauma training by: 1) increasing practitioners’ knowledge of developmental trauma; 2) transforming the ways in which the NCTSN offers trauma treatment training; 3) creating the infrastructure to assist community agencies to become organizationally ready to introduce and sustain trauma treatment; 4) developing the capacity of practitioners and community agencies to provide developmentally informed trauma care for military families and children, and Native American children; and 5) extending the center's local, regional, and national reach. The populations to be served are community agencies, SSWs, current practitioners and future (now student) practitioners who work with children and youth whose early exposure to multiple episodes of interpersonal violence in the context of deprivation and neglect puts them at increased risk for negative developmental consequences across their lifespan. During the four years of the grant, the project will reach more than 1,500 agency practitioners, 30–40 new SSWs, and more than 2,000 students.
National Native Children's Trauma Center, University of Montana, Bozeman, MT
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2007 - 2011
The National Native Children's Trauma Center (NNCTC) will work in collaboration with Indian Health Service (IHS) and other providers in tribal communities across the country to utilize evidence-based, culturally appropriate, trauma-informed interventions for American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children, youth, and military families who experience disproportionate violence, grief, and/or poverty; and childhood, historical, and/or intergenerational trauma. The center will serve as a national leader in trauma intervention training and workforce development. The four goals are to: 1) train IHS clinicians in two evidence-based trauma treatments: Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); 2) equip schools to provide trauma-focused interventions and services; 3) enhance trauma-informed child welfare practices and replicate them in four IHS service areas; 4) engage members of the center's National Expert Advisory Council (NEAC) as well as traditional healers, council leaders, and community members to ensure high fidelity replication of evidence-based practices; 5) use the Warrior Society Model to improve natural supports for Native children whose parents are or were deployed; and 6) increase the number of tribal partnerships with the center. The primary focus will be on infrastructure development through training and technical assistance of behavioral health. Over the four years of this grant, training will be delivered to 360 adult providers serving a total of 34,800 children and youth with trauma.
Contact: Rick Van Den Pol
Phone: (406) 243-6756
Justice Resource Institute, Complex Trauma Treatment Network
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2009 - 2012; 2005 - 2009; and 2001 - 2005
The Complex Trauma Treatment Network (CTTN) will develop, adapt, and disseminate evidence-based practices (EBPs) for children and adolescents impacted by complex trauma. The project’s goals are to: 1) transform multicounty and state systems of care serving children and families impacted by complex trauma; 2) address gaps in complex trauma services to youth of color living in poverty and/or with urban violence; and in residential treatment centers, juvenile justice detention centers, shelters, and foster care; 3) enhance graduate-level social work education to cultivate a sustainable provider workforce across the child services continuum trained in complex trauma; 4) increase national access to EBPs for complex trauma including: Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC), Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), and Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET); and 5) expand regional, national, virtual, and Web-based dissemination of products and resources from CTTN and NCTSN. The CTTN will also provide intensive training and technical assistance to transform systems of care in more than 200 community and state agencies participating in one of 18 Learning Communities; and will train more than 20,000 multidisciplinary child service providers on the impact, assessment diagnosis, and treatment of complex trauma in at least twenty states. This initiative will directly impact 100,000+ children and families nationwide.
CCTS in Child Welfare & Mental Health, New York University School of Medicine
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016
The NYU Center on Coordinated Trauma Services (NYU CCTS) in Child Welfare and Mental Health will be developed by the New York University Child Study Center, in collaboration with the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the New York City Administration on Children's Services (ACS).The NYC CCTS will be an NCTSN Treatment and Services Adaptation (TSA) Center focusing on child abuse services, Child Protective Services, and child welfare. The overarching aims are to provide national expertise, and to support the specialized adaptation of effective treatment and service approaches for children and families with trauma-related mental health needs in the child welfare system across the United States. The four main goals are to: 1) raise public awareness of the scope and serious impact of child traumatic stress on children and families in the child welfare system; 2) disseminate effective services and interventions that improve the standard of care for children and families in the child welfare system; 3) advance the capacity of and improve processes in the child welfare system so that the needs of children and families can be better served; and 4) foster a community dedicated to collaboration within and beyond the NCTSN so that knowledge of the needs of children and families in the child welfare system can be improved over time, and so that interventions and services designed to meet these needs can have the greatest possible impact.
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2007 - 2011
The challenges of military children and families are substantial and require greater understanding, education, and services than they are currently receiving. Some of the most severe experiences that military children face are related to wartime stress: specifically, deployment of military parents to combat, parental injury or illness, or parental death. Little if any data exist in many of these areas. The Uniformed Services University Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (USU CSTS) Child and Family Program is responsible for developing knowledge related to military childhood experiences, developing effective public education materials, and expanding and studying effective intervention strategies, all using a strength-based approach.Though USU CSTS does not receive funding from SAMHSA, it functions as a Treatment and Services Adaptation Center within the NCTSN. The center serves as a consultant to the Network, acts as a knowledge development and dissemination center, and creates trauma-focused products specific to military families.
Contact: Stephen Cozza
Phone: (301) 295-2470
Family Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2007 - 2011
The Family-Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center will lead local and national efforts to understand the impact of how trauma—especially complex trauma—impacts families, that families are the foundation through which children comprehend and cope with their traumatic experiences, and that family trauma interventions optimize healing. The FITT Center will enhance system capacity to address the needs of children and their families using a two-pronged approach of increasing provider capacity and the effectiveness of consumer advocacy. Objectives include providing new training and tools for child service systems’ workforces engaged with family systems exposed to chronic trauma related to poverty by: 1) widely disseminating via the FITT Toolkit; and 2) developing innovative training curricula, focusing on family-informed, evidence-based trauma interventions for mental health professionals and for master’s-level and doctoral students. Collaborating with 19 Children’s Trauma Centers (CTCs) and other provider organizations that support large numbers of families living in poverty, the center will improve access to three effective family trauma treatments: Strengthening Families Coping Resources (SFCR), Trauma-Adapted Family Connections (TA-FC), and FamilyLive (FL); and to a family-based assessment and treatment planning tool: Family Assessment of Needs and Strengths-Trauma (FANS-Trauma).. Additionally, the FITT Center will develop messages and tools designed to help families learn how to be heard as they advocate in the public arena and within child service systems.
Urban Youth Trauma Center, Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2009 - 2012
The Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC): Treatment Collaborative for Trauma and Violence (TCTV) will promote and disseminate comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated care for multiproblem, at-risk youth affected by trauma and violence involved with delinquency or the justice system. The program will strengthen both service system connectivity and community-based best practices for trauma-informed intervention and prevention, particularly among court judges, juvenile justice probation officers, and law enforcement staff. TCTV goals are to: 1) increase awareness about the needs of traumatized youth who are affected by community and domestic violence—and who are involved with court, juvenile justice, and law enforcement systems—while emphasizing the enhancement of community resources and service system collaboration; 2) disseminate trauma-informed treatment approaches designed for multiproblem youth experiencing traumatic stress, violence exposure, and co-occurring substance abuse—using Trauma Systems Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse (TST-SA)—and disruptive behavior problems, using STRONG Families; and 3) provide training and consultation to facilitate service system and community resource collaboration, using a socioecologically based and trauma-informed model of collaboration developed by UYTC, called YOUTH-CAN (Youth Overcoming Urban Trauma and Healing through Community Action Network), which promotes the use of best practices for trauma intervention and violence prevention among youth service providers within targeted communities.
Contact: Jaleel Abdul-Adil
Phone: (312) 413-1371
Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Planning, Northwestern University Medical School
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2010 - 2013
The Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning (CCTASP) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine will specialize in comprehensive, trauma-focused assessment; training and consultation; and development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions focused on the developmental effects of trauma. The CCTASP will build an infrastructure to more effectively assess the developmental effects of trauma across child-serving systems, develop intervention resources to address identified needs in practice, and enhance widespread dissemination and application of effective interventions. Interventions will be geared toward children, adolescents, caregivers, and providers across a range of child-serving settings with a particular focus on child welfare, residential treatment centers, and juvenile justice. The center will emphasize the dissemination and application of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths-Trauma (CANS-Trauma) as a trauma-focused and strengths-based comprehensive assessment, treatment, and systems planning tool. Additionally, the CCTASP will translate and apply assessment information in a meaningful way for providers and consumers. The goals of CCTASP are to: 1) enhance education in and skill-building on a range of developmental effects of trauma across child-serving settings; 2) expand dissemination of and increase accessibility to comprehensive trauma-focused assessments on the developmental effects of trauma across child-serving settings; 3) enhance translation of trauma-focused assessments in practice; and 4) integrate and disseminate trauma-focused assessments and service/treatment interventions on the developmental effects of trauma.
Contact: Cassandra Kisiel
Phone: (312) 503-0459
Childhood Violent Trauma Center, Yale Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine
Funding Period: 2012 - 2016; 2010 - 2013; 2005 - 2009; 2001 - 2005
The Childhood Violent Trauma Center (CVTC) of the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine will serve as the lead Treatment and Services Adaption (TSA) Center in the areas of acute, early, and brief intervention. Efforts will focus on the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), designed to help children and adolescents aged 7–18 who have experienced potentially traumatic events (PTE)—including sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence (DV), community violence (CV), and injuries and accidents—and who have exhibited symptoms of acute stress. The project will broaden the application, adoption, and dissemination of CFTSI with a variety of populations and service systems through: 1) continued adaptation and implementation of CFTSI in Child Advocacy Centers (CACs); 2) continued adaption of CFTSI for children in foster care; and 3) development of adaptations of CFTSI for implementation in DV shelters and emergency departments, and with military families. CFTSI dissemination will be broadened by conducting a national Learning Collaborative and by building training capacity via a Train-the-Trainer program. Additionally, a Web-based CFTSI Site Sustainability System (CS3) will be developed to collect, analyze, and report clinical outcomes and implementation process data, which will support continuous quality improvement and sustainability.
Advocates of Survivors of Torture and Trauma Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC. The mission of Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma is to alleviate the suffering of those who have experienced the trauma of torture, to educate the local, national, and world community about the needs of torture survivors, and to advocate on their behalf.
AMANECER Los Angeles, CA. Community Counseling Services is a well established non-profit community mental health services organization annually serving more than 1500 low income, working poor and homeless children, adults and families in Los Angeles.
AMIGOS (Amigos de los Sobrevivientes), Eugene, OR. AMIGOS is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization serving survivors of political torture from Latin America. Our Residential Program offers psychological, legal and social services to survivors, in conjunction with local hospitals, school, churches, and other community organizations.
Asian Association of Utah (AAU) Salt Lake City, UT. AAU advocates equality for Utah’s Asian Americans and pacific Islanders in areas of immigration, education, and all other socioeconomic concerns of the community. The Association provides direct services to assist Asians and Pacific Islanders in community integration while retaining cultural identity. Services are funded from public and private sources and are provided by bilingual staff.
Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights, Boston, MA. Located at Boston Medical Center, hrough an innovative model of out-patient care, we provide comprehensive medical, mental health, and dental care—coordinated with legal and social services—to over 300 individuals from 67 countries each year. Interpreters are available and speak over 30 languages.
Center for Survivors of Torture, Dallas and Austin, TX. CST’s mission is to provide specialized psychological and rehabilitation services to survivors of torture and other human rights abuses, traumatized refugees and their families in order to promote emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being and economic self-sufficiency
Center for Survivors of Torture, San Jose, CA. Part of the Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), the organization’s mission is to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of individuals and their families by providing an array of human services. AACI empowers the Asian American community by working collaboratively for equality and social justice.
Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma (CSTWT), St Louis, MO. CSTWT is committed to facilitating the psychological and emotional healing process for refugee and immigrant survivors of torture and war trauma by providing them with free culturally appropriate mental health services, advocacy, and community education.
Center for the Prevention and Resolution of Violence, Tucson, AZ. Part of the Hopi Foundation. The basic mission is to Help People Help Themselves. The Hopi name, Lomasumi'nangwtukwsiwmani, signifies the process of furthering unity of aspiration blossoming into full maturity over time. We believe in attending to the community in which we live and in the skills of our people.
Center for Torture and Trauma Survivors, Decatur, GA. A community-based center of excellence providing services and support to Georgia’s victim of torture as they settle into mainstream community life. The center wishes to live in a world free from torture and where those who survived torture live a meaningful, self-reliant life and break the chains of the past. The client-centered treatment re-connects survivors to self and community by offering a slow, steady, predictable array of relevant therapeutic measures.
Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis, MN. CVT exists to heal the wounds of government-sponsored torture on individuals, their families, and communities and to stop its practice. They work locally, nationally and internationally to build healing communities where torture survivors feel welcomed, protected and healed.
Cross Cultural Counseling Center, International Institute of New Jersey, Jersey City, NJ. The institute helps immigrants and refugees build full and productive lives in the United States; works to ensure their fair and equitable treatment; and enhances public awareness of their contribution to American social and economic development. Each year, as we have since 1918, we strengthen the multi-cultural fabric of New Jersey.
F.I.R.S.T. Project for Immigrants & Refugees Surviving Torture, Lincoln, NE. FIRST offers comprehensive mental health services to survivors of torture and trauma.
Florida Center for Survivors of Torture, Clearwater, Delray Beach, Miami and Tempa, FL. The Florida Center offers medical and psychological services to survivors of torture as well as training for health care providers on how to respond to the needs of torture survivors.
Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Cambridge, MA. HPRT is a multi-disciplinary program that has been pioneering the health and mental health care of traumatized refugees and civilians in areas of conflict and natural disasters for over two decades.
HealthRight International, New York, NY. HealthRight International (formerly known as Doctors of the World) mobilizes the health sector to promote and protect these and other basic human rights and civil liberties for all people, in the United States and abroad. In collaboration with a network of affiliates around the world and in partnership with local communities, we work where health is diminished or endangered by violations of human rights and civil liberties.
International Survivors Center c/o International Institute of Boston, Boston, MA. The International Institute of Boston (IIB) and its affiliates in Manchester, NH (IINH) and Lowell, MA (II Lowell), provide a continuum of services that foster the successful transition of immigrants and refugees. Fundamental to all of the Institute's programs and services is the promotion of self-sufficiency; giving clients the tools to help themselves become active participants in the social, political and economic richness of American life.
International Trauma Studies Program- REFUGE, New York, NY. The International Trauma Studies Program is committed to enhancing the natural resilience and coping capacities in individuals, families, and communities that have endured and/or are threatened by traumatic events - domestic and political violence, war and natural disaster. ITSP pursues its mission through providing professional training, conducting innovative research, offering technical assistance to international organizations, and helping build a global learning community in mental health and human rights.
Libertas Center for Human Rights, New York, NY. The Libertas Center was founded in 2006 by Dr. Lars Beattie and Dr. Rajeev Bais, who provided services to survivors of torture through Elmhurst Hospital’s Emergency Room on a voluntary basis. In March 2010, the Libertas Center opened in its new clinic space at Elmhurst Hospital, with full time staff, to provide comprehensive care and advocacy for torture survivors .
Liberty Center for Survivors of Torture, Philadelphia, PA. Part of the Lutheran Children and Family Services. Since 2001, Liberty Center for Survivors of Torture has offered services for restoring hope and providing healing to over 400 torture survivors, from over 45 countries, who currently reside in Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey. The Center offers survivors opportunities to regain their sense of self-worth, renew their ability to enjoy life, openly express their fears and hopes, and face the future with confidence.
Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell, MA. Lowell Community Health Center aims to provide a welcoming and professional environment for patients and visitors. If you are a new patient at LCHC, you will want to arrive at least 10 minutes early on your first visit. If you are a returning patient, you will want to have any questions or concerns ready to discuss with your doctor or nurse practitioner at your visit.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Detained Torture Survivor Legal Support Network, Baltimore, MD. LIRS is one of the nation’s leading agencies of its kind. We resettle refugees, protect unaccompanied children, advocate for just treatment of asylum seekers, seek alternatives to immigration detention and stand for unity for families fractured by unfair laws.
Khmer Health Advocates, West Hartford, CT. is dedicated to survivors and their families and is committed to a greater understanding of the physical and psychological illness that comes from war, torture and genocide. We are calling the site the Cambodian Health Network with the hope that it will encourage people across the world, to link together in an exchange of information, ideas, and resources that can help preserve our health and improve the quality of our lives.
Program for Survivors of Torture and Sever Trauma (PSTT) at the Center of Multicultural Human Services, Falls Church, VA. The Program was established to address the consequences of human rights abuses. The program assists survivors of politically-motivated torture by providing a comprehensive range of services to address the complex consequences of their torture.
Program For Torture Victims, Los Angeles, CA. A non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate the suffering and health consequences of torture through psychological, medical, and social services to victims of state-sponsored violence. It also works with asylum attorneys on behalf of clients seeking political asylum in the United States, trains primary health providers, advocates for anti-torture legislation and enforcement of laws, as well as adequate and appropriate resources for the treatment of torture survivors.
Rocky Mountain Survivors Center, Denver, CO. Offers asylum legal representation, social services, and health care services.
Survivors International, San Francisco, CA. SI offers asylum evaluation, medical and psychological services for torture survivors, and training for clinicians.
Survivors of Torture and Trauma Program, Center for Multicultural Human Services, Falls Church, VA Offers a range of services, including mental health services, language classes, youth leadership classes, and domestic violence prevention programs to diverse immigrant and refugee populations. CMHS also conducts training for health professionals on how to effectively address the needs of refugee torture survivors.
Survivors of Torture, International, San Diego, CA. Provides asylum evaluations as well as medical, dental, psychiatric, psychological, legal and social services for survivors of torture.
The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), San Francisco, CA. CJA is an international human rights organization dedicated to ending torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress. CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse.
The Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, Chicago, IL. The Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center is a treatment program devoted to the recovery and healing of individuals, families, and communities affected by torture. The comprehensive model of care includes, but is not limited to: mental health, medical care, case management, and interpretation and translation services. Our treatment approach is based on the key principles of empowerment, community building, and multidisciplinary services. Our staff and network of volunteers provide culturally competent care that enhances the natural resiliency of torture survivors and assists them in rebuilding their lives in Chicago.
The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC), Washington D.C. TASSC is the only organization founded by and for torture survivors. The mission of TASSC is to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to support and empower survivors, their families and communities wherever they are.
Utah Health & Human Rights Project, Salt Lake City, UT. UHHP is a direct service and advocacy agency that promotes the health, dignity, and self-sufficiency of refugees, asylees, and immigrants who have endured severe human rights abuses, including torture, war-related trauma, and human trafficking. UHHP is guided by profound respect for the dignity and resiliency of our clients. We believe that all survivors of human rights abuses deserve the opportunity to live fulfilling, dignified, and productive lives.
War Trauma Recovery Project, St. Louis, MO. The War Trauma Recovery Project has adapted and tested empirically supported treatments to address Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related problems that plague those who have suffered severe trauma due to war, disaster, accident, or as the result of crimes such as domestic violence or torture.
Recovery.org Online resource to help locate treatment centers and other support networks for PTSD