We are able to provide expert training and consultation to individuals, teams, and agencies hoping to better understand the role of trauma and ACEs in human functioning and working to transform interventions and systems into a more trauma-responsive approach. Training and consultation can be tailored to meet the needs of the audience and ranges from brief training sessions to multiyear implementation projects. Training topics cover a vast array of topics that are appropriate for human service providers across settings (mental health, schools, child welfare, law enforcement, medical settings, etc.) and can include consultation in the implementation of evidence-based trauma-informed interventions.
CPP is an intervention model for children aged 0-5 who have experienced traumatic events and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems. A central goal is to support and strengthen the caregiver-child relationship as a vehicle for restoring and protecting the child’s mental health. Treatment also focuses on contextual factors that may affect the caregiver-child relationship (e.g., cultural norms and socioeconomic and immigration-related stressors).
The CTRPC has three licensed psychologists who are nationally recognized state trainers in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and we offer master's or doctoral level license-eligible mental health opportunities to complete a CPP Learning Collaborative (CPP LC), which is an 18-month training that is intensive enough to allow most practitioners to adopt CPP. The LC model was adapted from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Learning Collaborative model. The Learning Collaborative (LC) model is the dissemination strategy used by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to support uptake of best practices. What sets an LC apart from traditional training is the intensive focus on learning-by doing. An LC includes in-person/videoconference trainings or “learning sessions”, intensive consultation, and peer-to-peer learning within and across organizations. This training meets criteria for an Implementation-Level CPP Course.
Managing emotional and behavioral dysregulation in young children is challenging for caregivers and professionals. And we know that the quality of caregiving during the early years is critical to healthy development and resiliency in the face of ACEs. Trauma-Responsive Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (TR-ECMHC) provides child-specific recommendations to caregivers and providers who are feeling overwhelmed with managing a young child’s behavior and aims to prevent placement disruption, either in the home or childcare/school setting. TR-ECMHC consultants offer expert advice on early childhood development, trauma, and mental health, and work across settings and caregivers to develop a consistent, developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed plan of intervention for the child.
The “Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)” was developed by Dr. Bruce Perry as a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children. The Neurosequential Model is not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention; it is a way to organize a child’s history and current functioning. The goal of this approach is to structure assessment of a child, the articulation of the primary problems, identification of key strengths and the application of interventions (educational, enrichment and therapeutic) in a way that will help family, educators, therapists and related professionals best meet the needs of the child. A NMT report is intended to supplement the clinical problem-solving process and provide broad direction for the selection and sequencing of developmentally appropriate enrichment, therapeutic and educational activities across a person’s settings. Dr. Yackley is certified in the NMT approach and is available to support teams looking to better meet the needs of children.
Most youth involved with child welfare, juvenile justice and/or the psychiatric system have a history of traumatic exposure beginning early in their lives—and a long history of human service intervention. A presentation of “complex trauma” is the most accurate description of their circumstances but the course of treatment often does not reflect best practice in terms of coordination of care and/or access to developmentally appropriate, evidence-based mental health intervention. A Trauma-Specific Treatment Evaluation (TSTE) provides a thorough review of the child’s intervention history and offers recommendations regarding the best course of treatment moving forward to the child’s caregivers, providers, school team, and/or care management entities. The report offers the child, family, and provider team specific mental health interventions. Anyone can seek a TSTE—family, mental health therapist, court-appointed advocates, DCYF caseworkers, etc.—on behalf of a child.
Working with children and families who have experienced trauma and who exhibit challenging behaviors evokes strong emotional responses that can negatively impact our relationships and interventions with those we are trying to help. Reflective consultation/supervision provides a facilitated space for individuals and teams to explore the effectiveness of their interventions and the encouragement to assess influences on their work that may result from outside sources and/or secondary traumatic stress. Reflective consultation/supervision is regarded as “best practice” for people working with trauma and with young children and their caregivers. The CTRPC offers reflective consultation and supervision by doctoral-level expert reflective practice consultants to individuals and teams looking to sustain effective practice.
Cassie works with a variety of professions (educators, first responders, physicians, nurses, mental health providers, early childhood care providers, etc.) to develop trauma-informed practice. Cassie teaches audiences how to engage in trauma-informed practice whatever their role in an organization.
Cassie works with your team to conduct formative and summary evaluations of your trauma-informed program.