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Project  BEST Activities

Phase 1 is a 3-year pilot test period that includes several activities:

  • Test the use of a Community-Based Learning Collaborative (CBLC) approach to dissemination, training, implementation, and sustained use of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in South Carolina.
  • Test Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) as effective agents for building community capacity to deliver ESTs to abused children and their families. 
  • Identify individual, agency, local and state system barriers and solutions to implementing ESTs for abused and traumatized children across our state.
  • Engage relevant state officials in the process of making ESTs available to abused children and their families in every community in South Carolina.

Phase II

The Lower State Learning Collaborative (LSLC) on Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy involves Hope Haven logomental health professionals from Allendale, Hampton, Jasper, Colleton, and Beaufort counties who are committed to working together to build the capacity of their communities to provide TF-CBT to all abused and traumatized children who need it. The LSLC is being coordinated by Hope Haven of the Lowcountry and the Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center. Participants are learning how to do TF-CBT with a high degree of skill and fidelity to the treatment model and implement it in their daily work. The goals of the LSLC are not only to learn new practice skills, but also to apply TF-CBT and use it in daily practice over time. LSLC consists of a PrCoastal Empire Community Mental Health Centere-Work period, three 2-day Learning Sessions, and three Action Periods over a 14 month period. All LSLC participants commit to actively participate in all of these learning and implementation activities. All learning activities are based on adult learning principles, use active, participatory learning methods, and are designed for immediate application in daily work. All training is offered free of charge.

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The Pee Dee Community-Based Learning Collaborative (PD-CBLC) on Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy involves professionals from counties within the Pee Dee region of South Carolina who are committed to working together to build the capacity of their communities to provide TF-CBT to all abused and traumatized children who need it. The PD-CBLC is being coordinated by the Elizabeth Pettigrew Durant Children's Center. Mental health professionals who are participating in the collaborative are learning how to do TF-CBT with a high degree of skill and fidelity to the treatment model. “Broker” professionals, those who identify abused children and refer them for mental health services (e.g., DSS workers, GALs, CAC personnel, DJJ personnel, and others), are learning about TF-CBT, criteria for referral for TF-CBT, Evidence-Based Treatment Planning, and case management skills to promote successful treatment outcome. Clinical and Broker professionals form Community Change Teams and work together to:

  1. Build capacity to provide TF-CBT
  2. Implement TF-CBT in their community
  3. Ensure that all children and families who need it receive TF-CBT
  4. Identify and overcome barriers to children and families who need it receiving TF-CBT
  5. Monitor their progress in achieving these goals, and
  6. Sustain the use of TF-CBT over time after the learning collaborative is completed.

The PD-CBLC is about not only learning new practice skills, but actually applying and using them in daily work over time. PD-CBLC consists of a Pre-Work period, three 2-day Learning Sessions, and three Action Periods following the Learning Sessions over a 14 month period. All PD-CBLC participants commit to actively participating in all of these learning and implementation activities. All learning activities are based on adult learning principles, use active, participatory learning methods, and are designed for immediate application in daily work.

The Coastal Community Based Learning Collaborative (CBLC) on Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) involves professionals from the coastal region of South Carolina who are coDorchester Children's Centermmitted to ensuring that all abused and traumatized children and their families receive effective, evidence-supported mental health services. The Coastal CBLC is being coordinateChildren's Recovery Centerd by three children's advocacy centers: the Children's Recovery Center which serves Georgetown and Horry counties, the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center which serves Charleston and Berkeley counties, and the Dorchester Children's Center which serves Dorchester and Berkeley counties. Mental health professionals who are participating in the collaborative are learning how to do TF-CBT with a high degree of skill and fidelity to the treatment model. “Broker” professionals are learning about TF-CBT, criteria for referral for TF-CBT, Evidence-Based Treatment Planning, and case management skills to promote successful treatment outcome. Senior Leaders, professionals such as directors, administrators, program managers and others who have agency leadership, are also included in the Coastal CBLC. Senior Leaders play a critical role in establishing TF-CBT as a regular program within their settions and work towardDee Norton Children's Center sustainability of the model through encouraging and facilitating the use of TF-CBT with appropriate clients and helping clinicians obtain resources necessary to participate in the Learning Collaborative and implement TF-CBT. The Coastal CBLC is about learning new practice skills and applying and using them regularly in everyday practice over time. All learning activities are based on adult learning principles, use active, participatory learning methods, and are designed for immediate application in daily work.