Enhance the knowledge and skill level of the DCFS staff and key stakeholders to understand the prevalence and impact of trauma on youth.
Implement a new screen for traumatic events and emotional and behavioral problems to be used by DCFS caseworkers for children in foster care and Family Services.
Promote more effective collaborative relationships among all stakeholders involved with this target population of children.
Improve the mental health outcomes for youth in the DCFS system by training clinicians to provide evidence-based treatment (CBT for trauma).
We trained 334 licensed clinicians across Louisiana to provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is the best evidence-based psychotherapy for youths with trauma-related problems.Search for Providers
By the end of this five-year project, we have collected data on PTSD plus other emotional and behavioral problems on over 13,000 youths. View our interactive graphs to learn about prevalences of these problems, changes over time, and types of traumatic events.Interact With Data
Implementation of the Trauma and Behavioral Health screen (TBH) in the DCFS system was the main focus of this project. This video was used in our project to train over 600 DCFS caseworkers about the impact of trauma and how to administer the TBH.Watch Video
"Louisiana Child Welfare Trauma Project (LCTP): Background, Implementation, and Results." Scheeringa, M.S., Mai, T.A. (2018) // An in-depth history of the LCTP project and its research findings of Louisiana's child welfare system.
"Access to Medicaid Providers: Availability of Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents in Child Welfare in Louisiana." Scheeringa, M.S., Singer, A., Mai, T.A., Miron, D. (2018) // The purpose of the study was to determine the level of access that youths in child welfare have to mental health providers in a single state. Mystery shopping results showed that 25.4% of the advertised network was able to schedule a new appointment for a child in Louisiana's Department of Children and Family Services guardianship.
"A Statewide Training of Community Clinicians to Treat Traumatized Youths Involved with Child Welfare." Miron, D., Scheeringa, M.S. (2018) // One of the aims of the LCTP was to train community clinicians statewide in an EBT for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The results suggest that effectiveness of an EBT is possible in community settings but is likely constrained by clinicians’ being willing and/or able to complete training requirements geared toward achieving competency in and fidelity to the protocol.