Georgia Child Traumatic Stress Initiative

The Georgia Child Traumatic Stress Initiative is a SAMHSA-funded collaboration between the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CSHC) and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Emory University School of Medicine. 

The Georgia Child Traumatic Stress Initiative aims to: (a) improve behavioral health services for maltreated children in Georgia by expanding implementation of, and access to, evidence-based behavioral health treatment for trauma-related symptoms and behaviors, and (b) develop the Georgia behavioral health workforce by building capacity for evidence-based treatment of children’s trauma-related symptoms and behaviors. The project has four objectives:

1. Expand evidence-based behavioral health treatment services for children evaluated in the CSHC by hiring additional staff, providing training in evidence-based treatment models, and providing trauma informed services to children which include:

  • Parent consultations
  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) for 3 to 18 year olds
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for 2 to 7 year olds

2. Provide informational webinars on behavioral health topics to child service agencies

3. Build capacity in Georgia for evidence-based treatment of maltreated children’s trauma-related symptoms and behaviors through:

  • A didactic two-day training in TF-CBT to clinicians from DBHDD-contracted provider organizations in Georgia
  • Training in TF-CBT and mentoring in the application of evidence-based practices to behavioral health clinicians serving maltreated children in rural North Georgia

4. Pilot TF-CBT via telemedicine at the CSHC to traumatized children and their families in rural North Georgia

5. Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) is a PowerPoint-based interactive training curriculum designed to be taught by a trauma-informed professional and foster parent as co-facilitator. The curriculum is structured for an entire cohort of parents to attend all the modules together which build upon one another.  The RPC consist of eight modules that cover topics such as trauma 101, understanding how trauma affects children, building a safe place, dealing with feelings and behaviors, connections and healing, becoming an advocate, and self-care.  

For more information, contact the Program Manager:

Miche’l Fowler MA, CMFT, NCC
Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
975 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE, Suite 350
Atlanta, GA 30342