Community Health Programs

Defending Childhood Program

Whittier was recently awarded a grant from the Boston Public Health Commission for the Defending Childhood Initiative to expand our ability to partner with/advocate for parents on a one-to-one basis and to treat children and adolescents utilizing two evidence-based trauma treatment models. Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is used for children under age 6 and Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is used with children between 7 and 17 years. Trauma-trained staff, including a full time direct care clinician and a full time family partner, work with traumatized children and their parents in our Vibrant Communities program located on-site at five public housing developments and at the Elizabeth Stone House, a shelter for families affected by domestic violence. In addition to the evidence-based clinical interventions offered by the direct care clinician and the assistance with concrete services by the family partner, the two staff members are also training Whittier providers, medical assistants, case managers, and community members in the prevention of/interventions for trauma in children in our community.