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News & Events

CTAC also sponsors and participates in a wide variety of educational and philanthropic events and activities.

Please visit the News & Events portion of our website frequently for the latest information about the Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC).

  • As reality television has shown us in recent years, life with all its twists and turns is in essence a "real world" laboratory. Triumphs and tragedies cause various positive and negative reactions that ripple through family circles, as well as communities. When life is simple, the impact people have on each other can be a blessing. But when Therapist with a mother and child tragedy and suffering strike, it is not uncommon for some to take anger out on the most innocent and weak among us – children. The challenges of doing research and science-informed clinical work with children and their families are daunting. Scientific inquiry is often thwarted by the complex problems and conditions that children and families face. In fact, according to the National Research Council
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  • By Erin Holaday ZieglerLEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. ##, 2011) — The effects of trauma on a child's life and well-being are internationally recognized, but the differences in trauma outcomes for boys and girls are less well-known. Ginny Sprang, the Buckhorn Professor of Child Welfare and Children’s Mental Health at the University of Kentucky and Director of the Center on Trauma and Children, presented her latest gender-based trauma research at the European Conference on Traumatic Stress Studies in Vienna, Austria on June 3."In terms of epidemiological research, work in Europe is parallel to that of the U.S.," said Sprang. "Europeans take a broad perspective on child trauma and tend to be innovative in their approach to the assessment and treatment of traumatic
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  • NCTSN Welcomes the Center for the Study on the Violence Against Children to Child Trauma Network. The University of Kentucky Center for the Study on the Violence Against Children (CSVAC) has won a competitive federal grant to join a national network of child trauma centers that provide services and support to children and families who are exposed to a wide range of traumatic experiences including physical and sexual abuse, domestic, school and community violence, natural disasters and terrorism, and life-threatening injury and illness.With the four-year grant, CSVAC becomes a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), whose mission is to improve the quality, effectiveness and availability of services for children and families who experience traumatic events.With
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  • What Every Child Needs: Connections

    What? Please join for our second annual art show! To increase community awareness of child maltreatment, local school children were asked to submit artistic reflections on What Every Child Needs with a focus on the important connections in their lives. Their works will be displayed and celebrated at this reception. Light hors d'oeuvres and information and tours of the UK Center on Trauma and Children will also be provided.

    Where? UK Center on Trauma and Children 3470 Blazer Parkway, Lexington, KY,40509

    When? November 22nd, 2019 4:30-6:30

    Please let us know you are coming!  Please RSVP by clicking here!

    We will also be collecting donations of art supplies for children and young adults served by Arbor Youth Services. Arbor Youth Services provides a safe, supportive and welcoming environment to children who may be homeless, abused, neglected or at risk of being victimized. Many youth enjoy the...

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  • Better Diagnosis Coming for Children with PTSD

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2013) - The following column appeared in Lexington Herald-Leader on Sunday, April 28.

    By Ginny Sprang

    The American Psychiatric Association will recognize traumatic stress in preschoolers younger than age six as a unique form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when it releases its newest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) at its annual conference in May. The DSM is the manual that is used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders.

    Although PTSD — a traumatic stress response to exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violation — has been reported in preschool and school age children for many years, the current criteria used to diagnose the condition was developed and field tested for adults and adolescents (15 and older). Data from published studies provided evidence that the current standards for diagnosing PTSD in young children may be insufficient.

    Many clinicians found the criteria difficult to apply to young children and not...

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  • Center on Trauma and Children Moves to College of Medicine

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2013) - The Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC) has moved to the College of Medicine to facilitate and enhance the translational research activities of the center.

    CTAC is dedicated to the enhancement of the health and well-being of children and their families through research, service and dissemination of information about child abuse and trauma.

    "We are excited about the opportunities at the College of Medicine to work in an interdisciplinary setting and pursue our goal of improving the lives of children and families affected by trauma," said Ginny Sprang, executive director of CTAC.

    More than three million children in the United States are impacted by traumatic events each year. Research shows that multiple factors increase the likelihood of trauma exposure including poverty, stress, depression, natural disasters and substance abuse. Each child - whether they experience neglect, injury or violence - is profoundly altered as a result.

    At CTAC, pediatricians, child psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists work...

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  • (Sept. 12, 2012) 10th Annual Irma Sarett Rosenstein Lecture Series Presents Mark Shriver.

    The UK College of Social Work will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Irma Sarett Rosenstein Lecture on September 12th with Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs for the charity Save the Children. Mr. Shriver will be presenting on the importance of early childhood issues affecting vulnerable populations. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with some of Kentucky’s leaders in early childhood initiatives and a chance for audience participation. The event will address the numerous opportunities and challenges encountered in the creation of innovative programming for young children.

    The UK Center on Trauma and Children is partnering with Save the Children to make this an informative event for the community of professionals working on behalf of young children in this state and those interested in the issues facing this population. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Singletary Center for the Arts, Recital...

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  • (March, 2012) CTAC launches FREE online training.

    CTAC has launched a FREE online training to prepare public health officials and workers to effectively plan for and respond to pandemic events in a manner that is sensitive to the needs of children and families, enhances compliance with public health recommendations, and supports resiliency in the pediatric population.  Free continuing education credit is available. Please visit:  for more information.

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  • (Oct. 4, 2011) Master Clinician Series - Sherry Toth, Ph.D.

    The Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC) hosted a Master Clinician Round Table on the topic “Treating Traumatized Children and Families: Clinical Perspectives” on Tuesday, October 4. This year’s featured speaker was Sheree Toth, executive director of Mt. Hope Family Center and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester, New York. Mt. Hope Family Center is a translational research center dedicated to helping children and families improve their lives and build strong, healthy relationships.

    Dr. Toth discussed intervention programs offered by Mt. Hope in the areas of family functioning, parenting, interpersonal relationships, conflict resolution, and coping with violence. She emphasized the importance of using evidence-based practices in programs and clinical interventions, and provided insight into how to select and evaluate the most efficacious evidence-based practices for one’s client population. There were myriad...

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  • (Oct. 4, 2011) Treating Traumatized Children and Families: Clinical Perspectives

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  • (April 22, 2011) Intramural Research Forum, CSVAC Sheds Light on Child Trauma in Kentucky

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 2, 2011) —The University of Kentucky College of Social Work's Center on Trauma and Children(CSVAC) lived up to its promise to bridge research and the real world this past spring with a forum titled, "Exploring the Context of Child Trauma: Opportunities for Action."
    Students, clinicians and faculty presented on a variety of topics relating to CSVAC's work on April 22 at the Hilary J. Boone Center.  The interdisciplinary team of presenters included 18 students from social work, clinical, developmental, school and counseling psychology, and nursing that are completing practicums, research fellowships, internships and rotations at CSVAC.
    "Interdisciplinary research forums like those sponsored by CSVAC truly showcase the great work that UK faculty and students are doing for the community, the Commonwealth, the nation and the world," said UK Provost Kumble Subbaswamy, who also opened the forum.
    "Participation in the research forum provided a great opportunity...

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  • (Oct. 30, 2010) Annual Gala, CSVAC Calls for Someone to Watch Over Me

    (Oct. 30, 2010) Annual Gala

    By Erin Holaday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2010) – This is your chance to publicly honor someone from Kentucky who has made a difference to children. This is your chance to sponsor a cause with lifelong benefits.

    The Center for the Study of Violence Against Children needs your compassion and your help.

    CSVAC's second annual gala, themed "Someone to Watch Over Me," will take place from 7-11 p.m. on October 30, at UK's Hilary J. Boone Center. In preparation for the event, CSVAC is asking for event sponsors, as well as nominations for its esteemed Circle of Compassion award. Sponsorship levels range from $1,000-$10,000 and include the patron's name on the program, complimentary event tickets and a displayed banner at the event and around Lexington.

    "The monies raised at the gala are used to benefit abused and traumatized children served by our center," said CSVAC director Ginny Sprang. "No child should be a victim," added event sponsor Molly Sutherland, of Sutherland and...

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  • (Aug. 22, 2009) Inaugural Gala, CSVAC Goes Mideval in the Quest to End Violence

    Aug. 22, 2009( Annual Gala)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2009) -- Guests were treated like royalty at a recent benefit for The Center for the Study on the Violence Against Children (CSVAC). The first-ever fundraising gala for CSVAC was held at CastlePost, the familiar Versailles Road landmark better known simply as “the castle.” In the shadow of medieval-styled turrets, guests enjoyed wine tastings, silent auctions and music provided by the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir – all to benefit the work of CSVAC in the study and prevention of violence against children.

    Broadcasting legend and Kentucky native Nick Clooney served as master of ceremonies for the event, and opening remarks were delivered by UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. and UK men’s basketball head coach John Calipari. Calipari was joined by men’s basketball assistant coach Scott Padgett and his wife Cynthia – both UK College of Social Work alumni.

    Awards recognized invitees who have been instrumental in the fight to stop violence against children. Clooney was...

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