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Who We Are:
Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.
The Network is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services through a congressional initiative: the Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. As of November 2015 the Network comprises 79 funded members. Affiliate members—sites that were formerly funded—and individuals currently or previously associated with those sites continue to be active in the Network as affiliates. There are 47 Organized Affiliates and 72 Individual Affiliates.
The NCTSN Mission
To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
The NCTSN Vision
The NCTSN works to accomplish its mission of serving the nation’s traumatized children and their families by:
Raising public awareness of the scope and serious impact of child traumatic stress on the safety and healthy development of America’s children and youth.
Advancing a broad range of effective services and interventions by creating trauma-informed developmentally and culturally appropriate programs that improve the standard of care.
Working with established systems of care including the health, mental health, education, law enforcement, child welfare, juvenile justice, and military family service systems to ensure that there is a comprehensive trauma-informed continuum of accessible care.
Fostering a community dedicated to collaboration within and beyond the NCTSN to ensure that widely shared knowledge and skills become a sustainable national resource.
THE LEARNING CENTER
FREE Online Education
As part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Center, the Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma offers Free Online Education with:
300+ FREE CE certificates
200+ online webinars