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CONCEPT (The Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices for Trauma)


The goal of CONCEPT (The Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices for Trauma) is to minimize the effects of trauma exposure and improve overall health and well-being for all children in Connecticut’s child welfare system who were exposed to abuse, violence and other forms of trauma exposure.

CONCEPT is a five-year federal grant awarded in 2011 to Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) by the Administration for Children and Families to support development of a trauma-informed child welfare system. It is a collaboration between DCF, CHDI, The Yale Child Study Center, The Consultation Center at Yale, family advocates and community providers. CHDI is the Coordinating Center for this initiative.

The CONCEPT activities include:

  1. Training and support for child welfare staff to understand childhood trauma and how to support children and families who have experienced trauma
  2. Trauma screening to identify children who may be suffering from trauma and in need of specialty services
  3. Dissemination of Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), to 13 community provider agencies
  4.  Dissemination of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) to 10 community provider agencies 
  5. Improving collaboration between child welfare staff and community providers of evidenced-based practices 
  6. Supporting wellness and reducing secondary traumatic stress reactions among child welfare staff

To learn more about CONCEPT, contact Jason Lang or Kim Campbell.


Jason Lang - Director of Dissemination and Implementation
Kim Campbell - Project Coordinator

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