Child Trauma and Abuse
The Chicago Child Trauma Center (CCTC) serves inner-city African Americans and other Chicago-area children from ages 3 to 18 exposed to traumatic events including medical trauma, sexual abuse, witnessing violence, and complex trauma.
The CCTC is a Community Treatment Services site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). Now serving more than 400 children per year, the center also adapts and disseminates evidence-based NCTSN interventions for urban African-American children; collaborates on developing new treatment models; provides outreach, training, and consultation to child services system stakeholders on the effects of trauma; and works with fellow NCTSN workers to explore the links among race, urban poverty, and trauma. The CCTC is the only agency in Chicago that specializes in trauma-focused assessment and psychotherapy for the full range of potentially traumatic events experienced by children. To learn more about the NCTSN, click here.
Children and families can receive comprehensive services at four locations including the La Rabida Joli Burrell Children's Advocacy Center in Park Forest and the Chicago Child Trauma Center, which is south of the hospital’s main campus in Chicago.
La Rabida’s Joli Burrell Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) is a safe, child-friendly environment for children who have experienced psychological trauma and for alleged victims of sexual abuse or other violent crimes. The CAC provides investigative, therapeutic and support services free of charge to children and their families throughout south suburban Cook County.
Outreach and Training Services
La Rabida also provides an array of outreach and training services, including:
- Community outreach
- Treatment of multiply traumatized foster children
- Consultation to medical and other health providers
- Training opportunities for behavioral and mental health professionals
To learn more about our services, call the Chicago Child Trauma Center at 773.374.3748.
Integrating Mental Health with Routine Checkups
Cathy M. Mavrolas, Ph.D., was recently invited to participate on a panel hosted by the Child Mind Institute, which works to transform mental health care for children. The panel, "Minding the Gap: Integrating Physical and Mental Health," convened as part of a national initiative to raise awareness about mental health. Click on the video below to hear comments from Mavrolas, chief psychologist, on helping children live with physical and mental challenges.