The Trauma and Recovery Project


The Trauma and Recovery Project is a 5-year project that is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The project 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. During the project, professionals in Milwaukee and Racine counties will participate in a Learning Collaborative through which they will be trained in one of three evidence-based treatments: trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), or child-parent psychotherapy (CPP). As a result, over 2,000 children will receive treatment from trained clinicians. UWM will receive data by working with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) to evaluate the extent to which the project achieves its goals, including:

Goal #1: Strengthen systems of care needed to support and coordinate evidence-based, trauma-responsive services.

Goal #2: Increase availability of training on evidence-based services.

Goal #3. Increase access to evidence-based screening, assessment, and services.

Goal #4. Improve child mental and behavioral health outcomes.


Kate Bennett
Colleen Janczewski
Joshua Mersky
Nora Miller
Peter Powers
Dimitri Topitzes
Luke Waldo


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Wisconsin Department of Children and Families:
Bonnie MacRitchie
Kaitlin Tolliver

Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health:
Kim Eithun-Harshner

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