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
1) Improve the identification of trauma and traumatic stress symptoms in children by widely disseminating training for professionals;
2) Improve access to treatment for youth and families who have experienced trauma and adversity; and
3) 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.
LINK-KID – A Centralized Referral Service
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 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.
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).
Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment Training (TF-CBT)
Toll Free referral #855.LINK.KID