Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute

The Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute (CATTTI) is a multidisciplinary, University-Community collaboration housed at the University of Kentucky's Center on Trauma and Children. CATTTI has been a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) since 2007.   

The mission of CATTTI is to facilitate child and family recovery from psychological trauma through statewide service delivery, and to increase the capacity of the mental health community to provide services that are empirically-based and culturally relevant. This mission is undertaken in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the judiciary and community stakeholders. This project builds on an already nationally-recognized child assessment and treatment center in Kentucky, and is the clinical nucleus for clinical training and dissemination of trauma-informed evidence-based practices (TI-EBPs).

In addition to providing training and dissemination of TI-EBPs throughout the state, the CATTTI project provides trauma assessments and numerous interventions appropriate for youth ages 3-18, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), and Trauma Informed Parenting Skills 4 Resource Parents (TIPS 4 RP). These interventions were selected due to the exposure profile of at-risk children in the state, the majority of whom are suffering from exposure to interpersonal (e.g. child maltreatment), family and community based violence. A more in-depth description of each trauma-informed intervention is provided below.

The CATTTI clinic also works with Clinical Associates throughout the state. These Clinical Associates are trained using a Breakthrough Collaborative Model and are regional partners in the delivery of clinical services to underserved areas of the State. These Clinical Associates provide a reciprocal service to UK CTAC by functioning as colleagues, referral sources, and "best practices ambassadors" in Kentucky, thereby positively influencing the project's effectiveness across the state. These formal and personal links are promising for ongoing dissemination and intellectual investment in the provision of trauma-informed care. Community mental health providers who are interested in becoming Clinical Associates, can contact Jessica Eslinger Ph.D. at j.g.eslinger@uky.edu for more information.