NC Child Treatment Program

The North Carolina Child Treatment Program (NC CTP) is a platform for the dissemination and sustainment of an array of evidence-based treatment models (EBTs) that address psychological trauma, child-caregiver attachment, and disruptive behaviors among children. NC CTP engages licensed clinicians in clinical training, case-level consultation, and post-training supports, while providing implementation training and supports to agency leaders. NC CTP also collaborates with public mental health policy leadership, 3rd party payers, and state and local System of Care professionals to increase child and family access to high-quality, cost-effective mental health assessment and treatment in communities and residential settings.

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Racial Equity Lens
  • NC CTP continually strives to increase diversity among trainee-clinicians, clinical faculty, and staff through intentional recruitment, selection, training, and professional development strategies.
  • NC CTP continually strives to strengthen clinician-trainee and graduate resilience, and increase equitable training outcomes, by incorporating social justice and anti-oppression principles throughout the clinical training and consultation platform.
  • NC CTP continually strives to address the impact of systemic racism on children and families served by trainees and graduates by incorporating race-based traumatic stress principles throughout the clinical training and consultation platform.
Community Voice
  • NC CTP regularly collaborates with clinicians and agency leadership to co-design training content, clinical tools, and implementation resources to better meet the needs of their respective agencies and the communities they serve.
  • NC CTP regularly collaborates with state and local child-serving agencies and advocacy organizations to enhance and adjust program content to better meet the needs of diverse and under-resourced communities across the state.
  • NC CTP is launching a state-wide work group emphasizing family voice and lived experience, to improve the identification, assessment, and treatment of children and youth with problematic sexual behaviors.
  • NC CTP provides competency-driven training, clinical coaching, and implementation support to over 300 licensed clinicians and agency leaders each year, across an array of EBTs that address children birth through 18 years of age.
  • NC CTP supports clinician-graduates through a roster maintenance program that requires ongoing clinical education, fidelity and outcomes monitoring, and supervision. NC CTP offers graduates access to advanced training opportunities, expert consultation, and a listing on the NC CTP public roster.   
  • NC CTP clinician-trainees and graduates offer six, high-quality EBTs to thousands of children each year (birth to 18 years of age) in > 85 counties across North Carolina.
Next Steps
  • NC CTP continues efforts to recruit and train mental health clinicians who both reflect and serve diverse and under-resourced communities across NC.
  • NC CTP is launching an annual child mental health EBT conference for clinicians and agency leaders focused on strengthening the statewide, child mental health workforce.
  • NC CTP is launching a statewide initiative to train licensed providers in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), one of the most researched treatments for PTSD in caregivers and youth 14 and older.
Primary Partners
  • Clinical service provider agencies
  • State and local governmental agencies
  • Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations and Prepaid Health Plans
  • Child Advocacy Centers across North Carolina
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Primary Funders
  • NC CTP is funded through an annually-recurring allocation granted by the North Carolina General Assembly, and administered through the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.
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