Evaluation of the Vermont Child Trauma Collaborative (VCTC)
The VCTC was established to implement a best practice called the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competencies (ARC) Framework in Vermont's community mental health system. Teams of 3-6 clinicians at each site form a local ARC community treatment and service team. Moreover, the VCTC treatment services are designed for children and their families who have experienced complex trauma. Each site is also developing a train-the-trainer capability.
VCHIP serves as the independent evaluator of the VCTC. Approximately more than 350 children and their families will be asked to participate in this evaluation which seeks to learn about the effectiveness of ARC in helping children and families who have experienced complex trauma.
Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes
- Reduction of trauma-related symptoms
- Increased child competency
- Reduction of caregiver parenting stress
- Reduced need for intensive services (psychiatric hospital and long-term residential)
Thomas Delaney, PhD