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Treatment Program for Children Experiencing Trauma Receives $2 Million Grant

February 27, 2017
Jessica Wozniak, PsyD

Jessica Wozniak, PsyD, Clinical Research and Development Manager of the Baystate Family Advocacy Center, was recently awarded a $2 million federal grant to improve access to mental health care for children and families who experience trauma and loss, with a special emphasis on reaching Latino families and those who are in the military.

"Partners in Care: Community-Based Implementation of Evidence-Based Treatment for Childhood Trauma" aims to address health disparities and reduce barriers to evidence-based, trauma-informed mental health treatment throughout Massachusetts by:

  1. Disseminating the In-Home Therapy application of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) on a statewide scale, with emphasis on developing capacity for serving Latino and military families—Dr.Wozniak is one of fewer than one hundred trainers in TF-CBT in the country
  2. Implementing a program of training in trauma-informed mental health care for paraprofessionals working in a variety of community-based mental health settings
  3. Strengthening cultural competence of the clinical workforce for trauma-informed treatment within special populations.

Dr. Wozniak, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, also received federal funding for a program serving victims of human trafficking.

The Family Advocacy Center is a nationally-accredited center designed to help children and families affected by child abuse, family violence, or homicide.

"Partners in Care: Community-Based Implementation of Evidence-Based Treatment for Childhood Trauma" was funded by The Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network.