Massachusetts Child Trauma Project (MCTP)

Massachusetts Child Trauma Project (MCTP)

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with LUK, Justice Resource Institute, Boston Medical Center's Child Witness to Violence Project, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, collaborate together to integrate a trauma-informed and trauma-focused practice into child protection service delivery.

Over the past two years, DCF has initiated a new Integrated Casework Practice Model (ICPM) to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and families. This new model has provided a critical opportunity to focus on the basics of effective child welfare practice and to incorporate nationally recognized innovations. MCTP builds upon a solid foundation of collaboration and will significantly advance practice approaches across the child service delivery system.

MCTP seeks to improve placement stability and outcomes for children with complex trauma in DCF care by creating a sustainable capacity for providing evidenced-based trauma interventions within provider agencies, and trauma-informed practices within DCF. The target population for the project is children ages 0-18 with complex trauma in placement through DCF. To better serve children with complex trauma, MCTP will develop sustainable capacity within the child welfare system. Working in partnership with behavioral health, mental health, Children's Behavioral Health Initiative, and DCF Support and Stabilization service providers, as well as with the state agencies responsible for oversight of these services, the project will provide training and on-going consultation in evidence-based trauma treatments: Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Child-Parent Psycotherapy (CPP), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Working in partnership with DCF, Central Office, Regional Offices, Area Office staff, foster parents, residential service staff, and youth and families, the project will provide training and on-going consultation in trauma-informed service using the Child Welfare Tool Kit, the Resource Parent Curriculum, and Psychological First Aid. In addition, using Trauma Informed Leadership Teams (TILT) in each Area Office, the project will support and coach local implementation teams as they implement practice changes that are trauma-informed.

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