National Child HELP Partnership (NCHP)
The National Child HELP Partnership (NCHP) is a Category II Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (www.nctsn.org). The NCHP is training communities nationwide on an effective model of integrated school-family-mental health services and interventions for children and their parents/caregivers exposed to disaster, sexual abuse, family violence, COVID-19, traumatic deaths, and immigration and race-based trauma. Each site includes mental health clinic(s), school(s), and/or community advocacy center(s).
Center Goals are to:
- Increase collaboration in local, state, and national school-family-mental health partnerships,
- Increase the size of the trauma-trained workforce that can identify traumatized children, assess their level of need, and provide interventions that prevent and treat trauma-related mental disorders,
- Increase the number of children who receive trauma-specific services and evidence-based interventions, and
- Decrease children’s PTSD and other trauma symptoms.
The NCHP Center is overseen by a team of psychologists at Child HELP Partnership (CHP) in Queens, NY, including Drs. Elissa Brown, Robin Goodman, Imad Zaheer, and Andrea Bergman. NCHP sites will learn:
- Interconnected Systems Framework, a model for bringing together schools, mental health clinics, community leaders, and families as a trauma team that is responsible for providing trauma-informed care for children.
- To deliver Trauma 101, Engaging Trauma Survivors, Assessment of Trauma Survivors, Skills for Psychological Recovery, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
By training practitioners at all professional levels, we will dramatically increase the availability of services with the goal of improving the lives of thousands of children now and into the future.
The current NCHP partners include sites in 7 states:
- ST. Ignatius Loyola Academy
- The Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan
- Wayne State University Psychology Clinic, Detroit Michigan
- Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
- University of South Dakota
- The Boys and Girls Club of Vermillion, South Dakota