Our Approach

When trauma enters a child’s life they are significantly impacted. The journey to understand that trauma can make an enormous difference in their future.

At Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC), our approach to providing behavioral health services to children and their families revolves around an understanding of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). We believe that despite tremendous challenges, children can heal from psychological injuries. Through partnerships with families, schools and communities, CCTC creates the contexts in which this healing occurs.


We are informed as a result of our pursuit of successful evidence-informed methods for providing care.

At CCTC our compassionate, highly trained staff are uniquely qualified to work in children’s mental health. Our approach to each program draws from evidence based methods and is tailored to the unique needs of the children and families we serve.

“Just walk through the Therapeutic Nursery on any given day and listen to our staff interact with the children, they use praise, they find something positive to say, they compliment every child.  Our staff are not just being nice- they are well trained-and following a scientifically tested curriculum called ‘the Incredible Years”  Dr. Grace Ryder, Director of Best Practices and Strategic Initiatives


We are creative in our approach to each child’s care plan to ensure a successful outcome.

Every child comes to us with unique experiences, challenges and needs. At CCTC we believe every child deserves treatment that recognizes their individuality, and we tailor our services based on the history of each child and their family.

“When I let my therapist know that we were having problems with my niece and sister, she offered to have them come in to therapy with us. We played games and talked about the things that were bothering us. The therapist was willing to integrate my family into our sessions, and now when we are all together it’s a joyous time.” – Gail, CCTC Parent


We are integrated in our ability to provide total support services to meet needs of children and families we serve.

CCTC’s services are exceptional because of our holistic approach to care coordination. After connecting with parents and caregivers, we then assess the child’s immediate resources which may include extended family, neighbors, a religious community, and school personnel.

“When I needed to talk to the Behavior Specialist she was always there. Always. I don’t care what time, when a situation came up she was there to help me solve it. It was truly wraparound care. My child was always supported”. – Cinovia, CCTC Parent


We are resilient in that we never give up. With heart, passion and patience, we are companions along the whole journey

Trauma theory tells us that trauma and adverse experiences can rob people of their sense of and hope for the future. Part of our job at CCTC is to help children and families reconnect with that hope.

“This year has been the most challenging and difficult, and without all of the skills that I’ve learned at CCTC I don’t know how I would have gotten through it. CCTC has provided my family with a strong, safe and comfortable foundation, with tools that we can now take to the next level.” – Mellissa, CCTC Parent

In our day to day work we see real life examples of extraordinary transformation. Our approach is one that 1) acknowledges the child and family’s emotional states in a non-judgmental way, 2) challenges children and families to set attainable goals and 3) assists them in identifying who in their life can support them.

We know that every child and family has the strength to heal from even the most painful history. We do not hold a child’s past against them—instead we work to understand how their behavior has been shaped by the trauma they have endured.

At CCTC we understand that healing from a painful past can be an arduous process, so our approach to care is persistent and dynamic. CCTC staff never gives up on children and families—if a treatment plan is not successful, they collaborate with the child, family, and other necessary resources until they find a method that works.