Project BEST: Bringing Empirically Supported Treatment to South Carolina Children and Families
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Saunders, Ph.D. <bio sketch> <e-mail>
Funding Source: Duke Endowment
Dates of Project: 7/07 - 6/10
The full title of Project BEST conveys its goal, to bring empirically supported treatments to South Carolina Children and Families who have experienced abuse and trauma. The long-term goal of this project is to ensure that all South Carolina children and their families, who are identified as having experienced abuse and resulting trauma, receive appropriate, empirically supported mental health assessment and psychosocial treatment services. To achieve this goal, Project BEST will substantially increase the capacity of every community in South Carolina to deliver them. Currently, few abused and traumatized children in South Caroina receive empirically supported treatments (ESTs), primarily due to lack of sustained, effective training and implementation efforts. Over a 10-year span, Project BEST will combine a series of community-based, learning collaborative training and implementation activities with initiatives involving state leadership to achieve the widespread dissemination, adoption, implementation, and sustained use of ESTs for abused and traumatized children across the state of South Carolina.
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