North Carolina Child Treatment Program, Center for Child & Family Health

Strengthening the mental health workforce. Changing children’s lives.
1121 West Chapel Hill Street, Suite 100, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 419-3474

Our Mission Statement & Core Values

North Carolina Child Treatment program (NC CTP) strives to improve the health and functioning of infants, children, adolescents, and families coping with attachment difficulties, trauma symptoms, and significant behavioral-emotional challenges.

The NC Child Treatment Program is a statewide effort to train mental health providers in evidence-based treatment models addressing childhood trauma, behavior, and attachment.

Our History & Background

Since 2006:

North Carolina Child Treatment Program was founded by three physicians dedicated to community and public health:

  1. Dana Hagele, MD, MPH – Child Abuse Pediatrician at UNC-Chapel Hill
  2. Rebecca Socolar, MD, MPH – Child Abuse Pediatrician at UNC-Chapel Hill
  3. Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH – Child Psychiatry Faculty specializing in child trauma at Duke University School of Medicine

The founders created NC CTP as a training and implementation platform for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). The original intent of the founders was to provide referrals and treatment for children who had experienced sexual abuse. As emerging research demonstrated the effectiveness of TF-CBT’s for treating other types of childhood trauma, the founders expanded the scope of NC CTP.

Between 2006 – 2009

NC CTP‘s work with traumatized children was piloted in Northeastern North Carolina, using the NCTSN’s Learning Collaborative methodology as its training and implementation platform. It covered 28 counties and included work with a variety of agencies and providers, and showed that, with the right training, community clinicians can provide trauma-focused treatment to children and families with very good outcomes.

In 2009

NC CTP took its work to a statewide level. Training in TF-CBT was expanded to include 90 counties in North Carolina.

In 2010

NC CTP moved their administrative home to the Center for Child and Family Health, where they are still housed today.

In 2013 to Present

In 2013, NC CTP received an annually recurring appropriation from the NC General Assembly for statewide program expansion. This appropriation supports statewide dissemination of evidence-based trauma treatments for children and adolescents, birth through 21 years of age. NC CTP’s implementation platform can be applied to many types of treatments, such as training that covers the developmental impact of trauma including attachment and other co-occurring behavioral / emotional consequences.

Our Current Projects & Mental Health Initiatives

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Training and Coaching

The North Carolina Child Treatment Program trains approximately 250 mental health providers per year in one or more of the following evidence-based treatment (EBT) models:

  1. Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  2. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  3. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  4. Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, School-Age (PSB-CBT-S) and Adolescent (PSB-CBT-A)
  5. Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS)
  6. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Providers participate in a rigorous learning collaborative training process and work with CTP master trainers and consultants to become proficient in a specific treatment model. After successfully completing this process, they are included in the NC CTP roster of providers.

NC CTP Public Roster of Providers

Providers must meet the following requirements to join the NC CTP roster:

  1. Completion of a model-specific Learning Collaborative
  2. Demonstration of clinical competence and adherence to treatment model standards

If the provider has met these requirements, they will be added to the NC CTP roster of providers who are practicing evidence-based treatments. NC CTP audits this roster regularly to ensure that providers are maintaining high practice standards.
Use our roster to find a provider:

Treatment in Community-Based and Restricted Settings

NC CTP-rostered providers practice throughout the state of North Carolina, serving children in a variety of practice settings, including:

  1. Homes
  2. Schools
  3. Mental health clinics
  4. Residential treatment settings
  5. Psychiatric residential treatment facilities (PRTF)
  6. Juvenile Justice and other restricted facilities

Performance and Outcomes Data Platform

NC CTP has developed NC POP – the North Carolina Performance and Outcomes Platform. NC POP is a software program that:

  1. Tracks how efficiently and effectively evidence-based treatment models are used to treat children and families
  2. Allows providers, agencies, managed care organizations, and other stakeholders to better use, understand, and report on performance and outcomes data
  3. Helps the North Carolina mental health community to help children get better more quickly

Collaboration with Professionals and State Entities

NC CTP strongly believes in the power of collaboration. We are using our experience, data, and innovative processes to:

  1. Share data through NC POP
  2. Conduct expert case-level auditing of program graduates
  3. Provide public mental health infrastructure support