The Child Trauma Capacity Building Project offers foundational training plus extended consultation to foster the development of core competencies for domestic violence advocates and mental health clinicians working with survivors and their children. It is designed to build and sustain staff and agency capacity to deliver developmentally sensitive, trauma-informed and trauma-specific treatment services for children exposed to domestic violence and their non-abusing parent.
In Chicago, the Child Trauma Capacity Building Project offers both on-site training with customized follow-up consultation for individual agencies as well as 18-month cross-agency training and peer consultation groups facilitated by DVMHPI.
The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health provides training and technical assistance on working with children exposed to domestic violence and their non-abusing parent and on adapting the Child Trauma Capacity Building model to meet the needs of communities across the United States. We are currently partnering with the Idaho Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence as part of an HHS-ACF-FVPSA-funded demonstration project to adapt this model in both urban and rural areas. We are also partnering with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to replicate this model with programs across the state.
Child Trauma Capacity Building Project Curricula & Training Materials
Training and consultation are based on the Child Trauma Capacity Building Project’s two foundational curricula: Children Exposed to DV: A Curriculum for Domestic Violence Advocates, and Children and Trauma: A Curriculum for Mental Health Clinicians, developed in partnership with the Child Trauma Research Program at UCSF (Patricia Van Horn, PhD) and the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center (Betsy McAlister Groves, MSW, LCSW). Each curriculum is comprised of a Trainer and Participant Guide as well as a Facilitators’ Guide for conducting post-training peer consultation groups. The curricula incorporate current research and neuroscience findings, best practice approaches, and evidence-based trauma treatment models for application in community practice settings.