Welcome to CCTASI, the Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services & Interventions
Advancing the use and application of trauma-informed assessment in clinical practice.
The Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services and Interventions (CCTASI) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine specializes in assessment, treatment planning, and application of assessment and service interventions for under-served children, youth, and families in public sector settings.
The purpose of our Center is to build an infrastructure to assist child-serving systems in understanding, recognizing, and responding to the developmental effects of child trauma. This is being accomplished through training and consultation and the dissemination of resource materials to youth, caregivers, and providers related to trauma-focused assessment strategies and service interventions. These activities focus on family partners and service providers in a range of child serving settings, including child welfare, residential, and mental health settings.
The purpose of our Center is to build an infrastructure to assist child-serving systems in understanding, recognizing, and responding to the developmental effects of child trauma.
A key part of our mission is to support child-serving organizations by increasing the accessibility of our comprehensive, trauma-focused assessment tool, the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths -Trauma Comprehensive (CANS-Trauma). We also strive to provide resources to help translate assessment information into meaningful practice applications. Drawing from both consumer and clinical perspectives and the latest research, we work to identify and address needs and gaps in trauma-focused services in order to increase the effectiveness of trauma-focused assessment and intervention. Through this work, our goal is to enhance understanding and intervention processes to increase sensitivity to a range of trauma symptoms, especially those that may be more difficult to identify (e.g., dissociation; affect regulation) as these symptoms may ‘drive’ high risk behaviors and lead to more intensive services for youth.
CCTASI is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (SM #061254).
Part of our mission is to increase the accessibility of our comprehensive trauma-focused assessment tool, the CANS-Trauma Comprehensive, and to provide resources to help translate assessment information into meaningful clinical practices.
We take pride in our efforts to collaborate with youth, caregivers, and families to improve the work that we do.
We work together with our state and national level partners to identify needs related to trauma-focused assessment and service planning, resources on developmental effects of trauma, and application of supportive resources across service settings.