CVTC has a long-standing commitment to creating and providing truly meaningful interventions for children and families experiencing traumatic reactions. We believe that can happen only through strong collaborations which lead to the exchange of cutting edge knowledge and practice, and forward looking response to children and families who suffer from psychological trauma.

The CVTC is a member of SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a federally funded network of research and treatment centers that focus on developing, testing and disseminating state-of the-art interventions for children and families affected by psychological trauma. To learn more about the work of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and the sites that make up the NCTSN, please visit

Over the years the trauma section has worked closely with the Department of Justice to identify and address the needs of children and families exposed to violence across the country. As part of the Defending Childhood Initiative, launched in 2010, the Attorney General convened a Defending Childhood Task Force composed of 13 leading experts including practitioners, child and family advocates, academic experts, and licensed clinicians. Joe Torre, founder of the Joe Torre Safe at Home® Foundation, and a witness to domestic violence as a child himself, and Robert Listenbee, Jr., Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, served as the Co-Chairs of the Task Force; Dr. Steven Marans served as a member of the Task Force. The Task Force’s recommendations can be found at

Collaborating Organizations

Under the leadership of Chief Dean Esserman, the New Haven Department of Police Services is dedicated to sharing responsibility for creating a safe and inclusive city with the community of New Haven. The NHDPS is dedicated to providing a safe environment by targeting quality of life issues in New Haven neighborhoods, using revitalized community-based policing strategies, and carrying out this mission with professionalism, fairness, and absolute integrity. Since 1991, when Chief Esserman was then Assistant Chief and one of the architects of the program, the NHDPS has partnered with Child Study Center in implementing the Child Development-Community Policing Program, addressing the needs of children and families exposed to violence.
Yale New Haven Hospital is a non-profit 1,541-bed tertiary medical center receiving national and international referrals. Yale-New Haven Hospital includes Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. Yale New Haven Hospital is the primary teaching hospital of the Yale School of Medicine, whose mission is to provide sensitive, high-quality, cost-effective health care services to all patients, regardless of ability to pay; offer training opportunities for nurses and allied health care professionals; provide the setting for ongoing clinical research that helps bring medical advances from the laboratory to the patient's bedside; and serve the community as a public health advocate and provide support and services which respond to the area's health care needs through health education, health promotion and access to care. The randomized controlled trial of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention recruited participants from the Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Department and the CVTC continues to work in partnership to best serve the needs of children and families.
National Children's Alliance is a professional membership organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims first. National Children's Alliance provides training, support, technical assistance and leadership on a national level to local children's and child advocacy centers and communities responding to reports of child abuse and neglect. A children's advocacy center is a child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from many disciplines, including law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy, child advocacy, work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases. The National Children's Alliance has endorsed the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention for use by its Child Advocacy Center members, and is currently supporting a training and consultation initiative to bring the CFTSI model to CACs across the country.
In 1996, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, in partnership with the Mecklenburg County Mental Health Agency, replicated the Child Development-Community Policing Program. Operating continuously since that time, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg CD-CP program has been tremendously successful in engaging law enforcement and mental health professionals in collaborative responses to violence in the Charlotte community, and in training other communities to develop law enforcement-mental health partnerships. The CVTC and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Trauma and Justice Partnership have partnered to develop materials, training and approaches to technical assistance for communities across the country seeking to replicate the CD-CP model.
Safe Horizon is the largest victims' services agency in the United States, touching the lives of more than 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Safe Horizon offers assistance to victims through 57 program locations, including shelter, in-person counseling, legal services, and more. Safe Horizon pioneered the fully co-located Child Advocacy Center model in 1996 with the opening of the Jane Barker Brooklyn CAC. Since then, Safe Horizon has opened fully co-located CACs in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Today Safe Horizon is the only organization in the country that operates four fully co-located, nationally accredited Child Advocacy Centers in an urban setting. Since 2005, CVTC has partnered with Safe Horizon in introducing, implementing and evaluating the adaptation of CFTSI to the Child Advocacy Center setting. This collaboration has led to the development of the treatment application of CFTSI for children in Foster Care.
The CVTC has had tremendous success training agencies across the country to implement the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention, including:
  • Safe Horizon Child Advocacy Centers in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
  • Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery
  • Philadelphia Behavioral Health Services Wilmington, Delaware
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Vermont Child Trauma Collaborative, Vermont
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, Ohio
  • YWCA of Calgary Calgary, Alberta
  • Hospital for Sick Kids Toronto, Ontario
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • National Native Children’s Trauma Center Missoula, Montana
  • Child Welfare Services and Children’s Advocacy Center Valhalla, New York
  • Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri
  • La Rabida Children’s Advocacy Center Chicago, Illinois
  • Mental Health Services, Inc. Cleveland, Ohio
  • University of Kentucky Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute Lexington, Kentucky
  • Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center Charleston, South Carolina
  • Children’s Institute, Inc. Los Angeles, CA

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) serves as the professional voice of law enforcement, addressing cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow. In partnership with the Childhood Violent Trauma Center, the IACP is funded to develop a toolkit to enhance law enforcement’s capacity to respond to children exposed to violence.

In addition to the various agencies with whom the Yale CVTC works directly with , we also would like to make mention of the funders who have been supportive of the day to day work of the Yale CVTC and they include:
  • SAMHSA, which supports CFTSI development, training and dissemination, as well as evaluation to support sustainability of this evidence-based early intervention.
  • IACP/USDOJ, which supports development of training and materials for dissemination to law enforcement agencies around the country to enhance their capacity to respond to children exposed to violence.
  • Seedlings Foundation, which supports local intervention efforts, including clinicians who work to meet the needs of children and families exposed to violence and trauma in the New Haven community.
  • New Alliance Foundation, which funds the local activities of the Child Development Community Policing Program, specifically our 24/7 acute response service and follow-up home visits.