DENVER, Colo., May 15, 2019 – Mount Saint Vincent, a leading treatment and service provider for children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges due to trauma, mental illness, abuse, or neglect, announced that it has been awarded a generous grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. The funds will be used to launch a statewide training program to help foster, kinship, and adoptive child caregivers better understand and respond to children impacted by traumas such as abuse or neglect.
The training program will be based on the ChildTrauma Academy’s (childtrauma.org) Neurosequential Model (NM). Working in five regional partnerships, Mount Saint Vincent will adapt and broaden the curriculum’s perspective to make it more applicable for nonclinical caregivers, address broader issues such as generational trauma and social determinants of mental health, and be culturally inclusive of the diverse racial and ethnic communities represented in Colorado.
The initial training will be a series of four in-person workshops followed by virtual video “booster” trainings. In addition, a virtual library of printable, streaming, and interactive caregiver resources will help families apply the concepts they learned and build upon their understanding of the impacts of trauma on early childhood development.
“Through this grant, we hope to provide greater health equity for a historically powerless group: children in Colorado’s child welfare system who have been removed from their biological parents,” said Mount Saint Vincent Senior Workforce Training Specialist Kyle Bixenmann. “Our ultimate goal is to create stronger families across the state.”
About Mount Saint Vincent
Mount Saint Vincent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency provides clinical treatment and services for children with severe behavioral challenges due to trauma, mental illness, abuse or neglect. Mount Saint Vincent is a leader in the application and training of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and trauma-informed care. Their continuum of care includes foster care services, residential treatment, day treatment, in-home therapy, community training, short-term stabilization, a K–8 school, and a community early learning center. For more information, visit msvhome.org.
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