Evidence-Based Practices

Professionals across a wide range of disciplines are increasingly aware of the significant role childhood trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) play as determinants of health and well-being for both children and adults.

Anyone who works with children and families – teachers, pediatricians, social workers, family therapists, judges, law enforcement, child advocates – sees the effects of trauma firsthand and can appreciate the need for reliable resources and interventions.

Our clinic and family support programs can improve outcomes for your agency’s child and parent clients with highly effective treatment for child traumatic stress and related concerns and with in-home services that prevent child maltreatment. We also offer an array of training and consultation services for any organization that wants to develop stronger trauma-informed practices or implement the evidence-based models CCFH uses.

Grounded in university partnerships, CCFH integrates academic excellence and community practice, bringing the rigor of evidence-based practice to direct services for families and to transforming systems of care.

Referring for Clinic Services

Outpatient Clinic

The Urbaniak Clinic is an outpatient mental health clinic serving children from infancy to age 21 and their families. Our therapists use evidence-based treatments proven to be effective and healing for children and adolescents who’ve experienced trauma and young children with significant oppositional behaviors. Learn more.

Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is design to address the needs of children ages 3 to 21 with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, behavior problems, and other difficulties related to traumatic experiences. TF-CBT improves a child’s or teen’s functioning following stress or trauma, enabling them to manage worries and fears, sleep problems, and harmful behaviors. Parents or caregivers are involved in treatment to support their child and reduce their own stress.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT is designed for children ages 2 to 7 who display oppositional or aggressive behavior that may or may not be due to trauma. It places an emphasis on changing interaction patterns through play. Treatment sessions focus on parenting skills, using the parent-child relationship to increase the child’s pro-social behavior and decrease problem behaviors.

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

CPP is designed for children ages 0 to 5 and their parent(s) or primary caregiver(s). The goal is to support and strengthen the relationship between caregiver and child so that they can heal and recover together from trauma or chronic stress.

Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS)

SPARCS is for adolescents ages 12 to 21 who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events, or who are suffering from chronic stress. It builds on their strengths to identify purpose and create meaning in their lives. Adolescents learn how to solve problems, cope, and communicate so that they are better equipped to cultivate healthy relationships and a more positive self-concept.

Referring for Family Support Services

Family Connects Durham

Any family in Durham County with a newborn can receive a free in-home nurse visit. Registered nurses offer supportive guidance, answer parent questions, and connect families to community resources that support child well-being. Learn more.

Healthy Families Durham

First-time parents in low-income families with a child age 0-3 can receive up to three years of weekly in-home support with an emphasis on child health and development, parenting skills, family self-sufficiency, and improved social-emotional well-being. Learn more.

Durham Early Head Start Home-Based Program

Low-income expectant parents and families with infants or toddlers can receive weekly in-home visits to promote prenatal health, enhance child development, and promote family well-being. Learn more.

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

CPP is designed for children ages 0-5 years and their parent(s) or primary caregiver(s). The goal is to support and strengthen the relationship between parent and child so they can heal and recover together from trauma or chronic stress. Hour-long home visits are provided weekly for one year. Learn more.

Attachment & Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC)

ABC helps build the attachment and connection between parents and very young children, which supports healthy social-emotional development in the child. It is a 10-week service delivered in the home for families with children ages 6-48 months. Learn more.

Post Adoption Support Services

CCFH offers an array of services to assist families who have adopted a child from foster care, from private agencies, or from family or friends. Services include a toll-free support line, comprehensive assessment for behavioral health concerns, access to therapeutic care, workshops, conferences, and local peer support groups. Learn more.

Training for Agencies & Professionals

Training Services

CCFH provides training in trauma-informed practice to mental health, child welfare, and other child and family service providers throughout North Carolina and beyond. We focus on equipping providers and agencies with strategies, practices, and interventions to effectively address trauma in populations ranging from infancy through adulthood. Learn more.

NC Child Treatment Program

CCFH trains licensed mental health practitioners throughout the state in evidence-based treatments for child traumatic stress and related diagnoses. Training is delivered in rigorous learning collaboratives where trainees put the treatment models into clinical practice under supervision by master trainers over the course of a year or more. Learn more.

PCIT & CARE Training

CCFH delivers several levels of training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based, short-term, specialized behavior management program designed for families with young children experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties. Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) is a model derived from PCIT and other positive parenting approaches that can be useful for any adult who works with children. Learn more.