Stop It Now: Child Sexual Abuse
Stop It Now! prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed. Offers trainings and informational resources about child sexual abuse prevention, identification, and treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) & Bounce Back
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) is an evidence-based, school-based group intervention for grades 5-12 that has been shown to reduce PTSD, depression symptoms, and psychosocial dysfunction in…
Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC)
MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems) is an evidence-based treatment designed for children ages 6 – 15. Unlike most treatment approaches that…
Children’s Bureau (Administration for Children & Families)
The Children's Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services), focuses on improving the lives of children and families through programs that reduce child abuse and neglect, increase the number of adoptions, and strengthen foster care. Find training, research and more.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a nonprofit offering support and empowering services and resources for people living with depression and bipolar disorder. Find online resources, trainings, and a network of support groups nationwide. Offers training and resources for providers.
Functional Family Therapy
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an evidence-based intervention for youth and families. This high-quality, strength-focused family counseling model is designed primarily for at-risk youth who have been referred by the juvenile justice, mental/behavioral health, school, or child welfare systems.
National Federation of Families (NFF)
NFF is a national, family-led organization focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and substance use challenges and their families. NFF works to develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms, and service systems that utilize the strengths of families.
Resources for Parents and Caregivers – Bipolar Disorder and Depression (DBSA)
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has compiled a list of resources for parents and caregivers of children with bipolar disorder and/or depression, including support groups, a parent & caregiver network, facts about these disorders, treatment options, and more.
TurningPointCT.org was developed by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. Their mission is to empower teens and young adults in their search for emotional and mental health, help them understand their options, and learn how to navigate the behavioral health system in CT.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
All children and adolescents experience stressful events which can affect them both emotionally and physically. Their reactions to stress are usually brief, and with support from friends and family, they can recover without further problems. But some children exposed to stressful, scary, or dangerous events may develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI)
CT SBDI is a statewide program that reduces the rate of in-school arrests, expulsions, and out-of-school suspensions by training schools on behavioral health topics and alternative discipline practices and connecting more students to behavioral health services.
Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI)
CHDI advances effective, innovative system, practice, and policy solutions that result in equitable and optimal behavioral health and well-being for children, youth, and families in CT and beyond through research, evaluation, training and technical assistance, and demonstration projects that inform systems change. Offers publications, provider training resources, technical assistance and consulting, and more.
Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA’s Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center provides communities, clinicians, policymakers and others with the information and tools to incorporate evidence-based behavioral health and substance use treatment practices into their communities or…
Alternatives for Families – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)
Alternatives for Families: a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT, formerly called “Abuse-Focused CBT”) is a trauma-informed evidence-based treatment (EBT) designed to improve the relationships between children and caregivers in families involved…
Social Determinants of Children’s Mental Health
Learn more about the social determinants of children's behavioral/mental health, defined by the WHO as "Nonmedical factors that influence health outcomes... the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life."
Search Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting positive youth development. They provide tools and resources to schools, youth programs, family-serving organizations, foster care programs, and other child-serving organizations and practitioners to build and strengthen developmental relationships.
The Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs (CSBMHP) at Miami University
The Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs (CSBMHP) at Miami University builds collaborative relationships with schools and community agencies to address the mental health and school success of children and adolescents through the promotion of expanded school mental health programs and services.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Resources & training for clinicians, service providers, educators, and parents/caregivers.
What are the differences between different types of therapists – psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, nurses and counselors?
There are many types of professionals that provide mental health services to children. When choosing a therapist it is best to seek the services of a licensed mental health professional or…
What are some of the laws that protect a child with a mental issue or disability?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ensures that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that offers special…
What are the steps to receive special education and related services for a child with a mental health issue or disability?
Meeting the educational needs of a child in school is important to their success. It is important for parents and caregivers to understand the process which can be confusing. There…
What are “school-based mental health services” and who is providing them for the child?
School-based mental health services include a broad range of activities and services, including: formal assessment, prevention strategies, or interventions such as counseling, consultation, and referrals for services and supports in…
What are some effective treatments available to help my child with traumatic stress?
Treatments that research shows can reduce child traumatic stress are called “evidence-based treatments”. There are many evidence-based treatments available in many states through qualified mental health professionals and agencies. Please…
What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children?
Symptoms of PTSD in children (also referred to more broadly as “childhood traumatic stress”) typically fall into four major categories: Traumatic Repetitions Traumatic play Play reenactment Nightmares Flashbacks and dissociation…