ISPCAN Mental Health Curriculum and Learning Collaborative

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					               ISPCAN Mental Health Curriculum and Learning Collaborative (LC)

     Mental Health Intervention for Children and Families Affected by Child Abuse and
                                      Neglect (CAN)

                                        Lucy Berliner, LCSW – March 2010

CAN often causes emotional and behavioral problems for children. These problems generally
take the form of internalizing effects (posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression) or behavior
problems. Effective treatments for these problems exist. The effective treatments generally
include standard components that address managing negative emotional states, correcting
inaccurate or unhelpful cognitions, and teaching basic skills as well as helping children process
their CAN experience and put them into perspective. In most cases it is important for parents or
caregivers to actively participate in the treatments.

A components based approach to mental heath services for children affected by CAN is versatile
and feasible. Selection of components known to be effective and structured systematic delivery
of the components is consistent with the emerging scientific literature. This type of approach can
be tailored to the individually assessed problems and needs of children and families.

Learning Collaborative Model for Developing a Mental Health Response

     1. Community Engagement
           a. One of more NGOs and the key systems (medical child abuse, child protection)
                meet to make decisions about the development/enhancement of mental health
                services
     2. Organizational readiness consultation
           a. Leaders meet with consultants to identify the needed structures, procedures and
                capacities to train providers, implement services, and maintain quality
     3. Basic training
           a. 2-3 day practical training in assessment and delivery of the treatment components.
     4. Case consultation
           a. 6 months+ case specific consultation in applying the components
     5. Advanced/booster training
           a. 1-2 day follow-up training for providers who have been using the model

Requirements for Participation

     1. NGO and others in a community willing to commit to the LC
     2. Community and/or NGO leadership participation in meetings re. implementation
     3. Supervisors and providers who will actually be delivering the treatment participate in the
        basic training
     4. Supervisors and providers who attend the training commit to participating in case
        consultation

For more information: Please contact Lucy Berliner - lucyb@u.washington.edu

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