Trauma and Recovery Project (TARP)

Background

The Trauma and Recovery Project (TARP) is a 5-year SAMHSA-funded initiative that aims to increase the availability and accessibility of trauma-responsive treatments for children and families in southeastern Wisconsin by: (a) fortifying and coordinating systems of care, (b) increasing the pool of clinicians trained in evidence-based practices, and (c) increasing the number of children and caregivers that receive appropriate screening, assessment, and trauma-responsive services.

Through this project, Learning Collaboratives of professionals in Milwaukee and Racine counties are being trained in one of three evidence-based treatments:

  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT)
  • Child-parent psychotherapy (CPP)

The Trauma and Recovery Project has four goals:

  1. Strengthen systems of care needed to support and coordinate evidence-based, trauma-responsive services.
  2. Increase availability of training on evidence-based services.
  3. Increase access to evidence-based screening, assessment, and services.
  4. Improve child mental and behavioral health outcomes.

Learn More

Find a Wisconsin TF-CBT Provider



TARP Publications and Briefs

Mersky, J. P., Rose, R. A., & Lanier, P. (forthcoming). Research translation in mental health. Child and Family-Serving Systems: A Compendium of Policy and Practice. Child Welfare League of America: Washington, DC.

Mersky, J. P., Topitzes, J., Janczewski, C. E., Plummer Lee, C., McGaughey, G., & McNeil, C. (2020). Translating and implementing evidence-based mental health services in child welfare. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services, 47(5), 693-704.

Mersky, J. P., Topitzes, J., & Blair, K. (2017). Translating evidence-based treatments into child welfare services through community-university partnerships: A case example of parent-child interaction therapy. Children and Youth Services Review, 82, 427-433.

Issue Brief: Translating Trauma-Informed Principles into Trauma-Responsive Practices

ICFW Team

Allison Amphlett
Kate Bennett
Leah Cerwin
Colleen Janczewski
Joshua Mersky
Peter Powers
Dimitri Topitzes
Luke Waldo

Funding

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Partners

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health

Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership

All Child & Family Well-Being