What does trauma-informed care for children mean to you?

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10minutesDo you have a role in behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, education, pediatrics, or any other child-serving system (including family advocates)? If so, please take 10 minutes to say what trauma-informed care (TIC) means to you, and to what extent it has been implemented in your agency or system. This is an anonymous, national survey designed to learn more about the key principles of trauma informed care in human services for children, youth, and families.

While there has been increasing interest in TIC, there is not always consensus or clarity about what steps are required to make a system “trauma-informed.” This survey is intended to solicit input from multiple systems and roles on what it means to be trauma-informed, to what extent systems are currently trauma-informed, and how TIC differs from standard care. It is anticipated that the survey results will be incorporated into a paper as part of a Special Section on Trauma Informed Care in the journal Child Maltreatment. This special section is intended to identify key definitional issues in TIC and next steps for research. 

The survey, approved by the Medical University of South Carolina IRB, is being conducted by Rochelle Hanson and Jason Lang.

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Dr. Rochelle Hanson is a Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as Director of the NCVC Family and Child Program. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma among children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Hanson's primary research interests focus on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for children and families who have experienced trauma. She currently serves as Project Director for a SAMHSA-funded Category II Center devoted to developing and providing evidence-based services for adolescents who have experienced trauma, particularly those involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare service systems. She is a core faculty member of Project BEST, a statewide initiative, funded by the Duke Endowment, whose long-term goal is to ensure that abused/traumatized children in South Carolina receive appropriate, empirically supported mental health assessment and psychosocial treatment services. Dr. Hanson is  a national trainer and certified therapist in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

langDr. Jason Lang is Director of Dissemination and Implementation at the Child Health and Development Institute, a non-profit organization that partners with state agencies, funders, community-based providers, and family advocacy organizations to improve children’s health and mental health services in Connecticut. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who holds an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Jason's interests are in the implementation of evidence-based and best practices, quality improvement, and the assessment and treatment of child traumatic stress. He is a Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director for the Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT), a five-year federally-funded initiative to improve trauma-informed care for children in Connecticut, and he coordinates the Connecticut TF-CBT Coordinating Center, a multi-year initiative to disseminate and provide quality assurance for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) across Connecticut. Jason is also the Principal Investigator for Responding to Children of Arrested Parents Together (REACT) initiative, which includes development and implementation of an intervention model to support children following the arrest of a caregiver through collaborations between law enforcement, mobile crisis clinicians, and child welfare staff. 

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