NC CTP Spring 2021
Advanced Training Conference

Reconnecting and Sustaining

Registration for the 2021 Advanced Training Conference has closed as of April 23rd.

Take a look at our other training offerings here.

The North Carolina Child Treatment Program seeks to address the gap between researched best practice and community-based mental health services for children and families overcoming trauma. Through the Spring 2021 Advanced Training Conference, NC CTP aims to help our Learning Collaborative graduates sustain and improve EBT implementation and learn about existing and emerging trends in community mental health.

This virtual conference, including three half-days of conference sessions and an optional half-day pre-conference, will cover an array of advanced topics aimed at enhancing clinical skills in areas such as:

  • EBT model implementation
  • Clinical considerations for working with special populations
  • Improving clinician engagement and support

And much more!


Program Graduates and Senior Leaders from NC CTP and CCFH Learning Collaboratives in ABC, CPP, PCIT, RPC, SPARCS, and TF-CBT


Day 1 Pre-Conference: Monday, May 17, 2021, 8:30am – 12:00pm
Day 2: Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Day 3: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Day 4: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 9:00am – 12:00pm


Virtual Training via Zoom
Hosted by the NC Child Treatment Program


$155.00 for Conference, Three Half-Days
$205.00 for Pre-Conference and Conference Combo Package, Four Half-Days


Conference participants may earn 9 NBCC credits and Wake AHEC Contact Hours, and 0.9 CEUs. Pre-Conference participants may earn an additional 3 NBCC credits and Wake AHEC Contact Hours, and 0.3 CEUs. Credits are only available for participants who attend the Advanced Training Conference in its entirety. No credits will be awarded for partial attendance.  

View PCIT International Credit eligible sessions here.


Registration is limited to graduates and senior leaders of NC CTP and CCFH trainings in ABC, CPP, PCIT, PSB-CBT, RPC, SPARCS, and TF-CBT. Clinicians who have trained in these models with other programs are not eligible to apply, but we encourage you to take a look at our other training offerings.

Registration for the 2021 Advanced Training Conference has closed as of April 23rd.

Take a look at our other training offerings here.

Conference Schedule

Events on May 17th

8:30a - 12:00p
Pre-Conference Sessions (3 hours and 15 min, plus 15-min break)
Children and Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behavior: Who Are They and How Can We Help?
Problematic sexual behavior of children and adolescents is a commonly misunderstood behavioral health concern. The taboo nature of the topic of “sex” hinders openness about addressing even typical sexual behavior of children. This presentation is designed to provide foundational information the continuum of sexual behavior in youth, prevalence of problematic and illegal sexual behavior, risk and protective factors, common misconceptions, and components of effective interventions.
Option A: General
Problem-Based Learning and 12 Core Concepts of Trauma: New Ideas for Enhanced Case Conceptualization and Treatment Recommendations
Participants will utilize their knowledge and practical experience with families who have experienced trauma to respond to interactive case material. Through the process of Problem-Based Learning, participants will learn strategies for slowing down the clinical reasoning process and deepening their case conceptualization. The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress and other dynamic learning tools will be integrated, making this session appropriate for those who are looking to deepening their child trauma knowledge or enhance methods of supervision.
Option B: General
Coaching for Connection: PCIT for Children on the Autism Spectrum
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is increasing recognized as an effective treatment for children on the autism spectrum. This workshop will explore coaching strategies for both Child Directed Interaction and Parent Directed Interaction as well as ideas for environmental considerations. This workshop is oriented toward therapists who have received some PCIT training.
Option C: Model-Specific (PCIT)
TF-CBT for Rock Stars: A TF-CBT Refresher
In recent years, the developers of TF-CBT have begun to focus more attention on specific gradual exposure in each component as well as streamlining pacing and tailoring the model to the child’s specific issues. This three-hour training will focus on case examples and offer opportunities to practice strategies.
Option D: Model-Specific (TF-CBT)
Tailoring TF-CBT for a Vulnerable Population: Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
This is an advanced training for TF-CBT therapists who are interested in learning how to tailor TF-CBT for youth with developmental disabilities. Presenters will discuss important issues in the experience and expression of trauma in this special population with implications in engagement, screening, assessment and diagnostic overshadowing. This will be followed by rich case examples and audience participation exercises highlighting effective adaptations throughout each of the PPRACTICE components of TF-CBT.
Option E: Model-Specific (TF-CBT)

Events on May 18th

9:00a - 9:45a
Opening Plenary
Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Children from Brain to Policy
Dr. Amaya-Jackson will relay the broad landscape of child trauma with an emphasis on translational efforts that begin with understanding of biopsychosocial impact of trauma and adverse child experiences on the developing child and describe solutions and strategies while highlighting our largest national child trauma policy initiative including accessing and leveraging treatments , trauma informed systems, and how these are being leveraged on behalf of our state and community providers.
Opening Plenary (45 min)
9:45a - 10:45a
Session 1 (1 hour)
How Did This Get So Messy?!? Guidance for Treatment When the Child Has Exposure to Domestic Violence
This presentation will cover issues relevant to implementing trauma-informed treatment with children who have had exposure to domestic violence, from the perspective of a TF-CBT and PCIT clinician who has led a community-based domestic violence project for four years. Unique challenges associated with cases involving domestic violence will be discussed, including screening for current risk of domestic violence, the complexities of high conflict custody situations, and difficulty in determining whether a report of child abuse or neglect should be made. Potential strategies to effectively navigate these challenges will be offered.
Diagnosing Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: An Overview of ZERO TO THREE's DC:0-5 (TM)
Diagnosing mental health and developmental disorders in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers is a complex process and critical to ensure appropriate services. Despite common developmental symptom differences, specialized diagnostic training is rare for most early childhood providers. This session offers a broad overview of multiaxial diagnosis, DC:0-5 disorders, and cultural considerations in diagnosis.
Early Childhood
Working with Clients and Families of Faith
As a clinician working with families, a client’s faith can at times be seen as barrier to some treatment discussions, but also as a strength to support healing. In this session, we will explore and discuss ways to approach working with clients of faith to support the clinical relationship and treatment outcomes. For clinicians of faith, we will also discuss approaches to working with clients of a different faith than your own.
The Truth about Race and Trauma
Panelists will discuss the interplay of race and trauma and its pernicious effects on youth from different perspectives (clinical, training, research, service systems). We will also address topics including racism, intersectionality, & cultural humility to promote resiliency from an equity lens.
Using a Developmental Lens to Understand and Treat Problematic Sexual Behavior in Adolescents
This session will provide a brief overview of adolescent problematic sexual behavior and its treatment. Incidence and prevalence of adolescent problematic sexual behavior will be highlighted, including current research on sexual and non-sexual recidivism. This presentation will review current best practices in developmentally-tailored treatment, including an introduction to the Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Adolescents Treatment Model (PSB-CBT-A).
Clinical Supervision for EBTs: Ideas and Tools for Agency Leaders
In this session we will discuss best practices and tools to design your model-specific clinical supervision. We will also explore common barriers and strategies to engage staff in maintaining their clinical growth and fidelity.
10:45a - 11:00a
Break (15 min)
11:00a - 12:00p
Session 2 (1 hour)
Enabling Sustainable Change – Family Centered Treatment ®: “Merging the Area of Family Functioning with the Complex Trauma Treatment Component”
Home-based services have become the primary method of public sector intervention for families experiencing functioning difficulties. Most models practiced are, by design or default, client centered, resulting in poor long term outcomes without impacting the family. FCT is a trauma treatment and EBP model that guides families through a trauma healing and change process that challenges the family to demonstrate their value of the changes they have made. Thus Family Centered Treatment enables long term sustainable change rather that short term and performance based.
PCIT Advanced Coding: Decoding Your Coding (CDI & PDI Edition)
Coding is the backbone of PCIT, as it drives coaching, caregiver skills criteria, and more. With a complex and nuanced coding systems, there’s always room for clarifying and discussing codes with colleagues. Join us to gain understanding of CDI and PDI coding rules unclear to you, recalibrate your coding skills, and some advanced practice.
Early Childhood; Model-Specific (PCIT)
Attachment as a Resilience Factor: How Relationships Help or Hurt in Healing from Trauma
The relationship between the primary caregiver and child has long been recognized as a powerful influence on child development across all domains of functioning. Considering a child’s attachment relationships and their security when assessing the impact of trauma is an important aspect of case conceptualization. This session will explore the nature of the bi-directional influences between attachment and trauma, offering clinicians strategies for assessing, conceptualizing, and intervening with attachment following trauma.
Early Childhood
Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Racial Equity in the Workplace
Racism and racial inequality in the workplace are quite prevalent and must be addressed. Small and autonomous organizations are ideal places where senior leaders are able to implement policies and practices that promote racial equity. In this session, senior leaders will learn tools and steps to implement effective interventions to advance racial equity in their workplace.
COVID-19: The New “Normal for Now”; Preventing Secondary Traumatic Stress In Pandemic Times
COVID-19 has presented unique challenges to all of us as we continue to balance work and home life. The Preventing Secondary Traumatic Stress In Pandemic Times workshop is designed to increase participants’ awareness of secondary traumatic stress: what it is, how it affects clinicians, and how to prevent it, incorporating the unique impact of the stress related to the pandemic and the social injustice movement into the discussion and strategies offered.

Events on May 19th

9:00a - 10:15a
Session 3 (1 hour and 15 min)
Human Trafficking in Youth
This session will educate participants on how to identify and respond to human trafficking as it relates to youth in North Carolina. Upon completion, participants will understand the impact of human trafficking on the social and psychological development of children and youth.
It is More than Sexual Abuse: Complexities of Young Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior
Children as young as three years of age have interpersonal problematic sexual behavior. Early theories assumed all of the children had been sexually abused; however, research demonstrates complex presentations. This presentation will address typical, concerning, and problematic sexual behavior in young children, risk and protective factors, and clinical decision making to facilitate treatment planning.
Early Childhood
Adolescent Sexual Health: Rights and Best Practices
This section focuses on the rights of adolescents when seeking sexual health care. Participants will learn about the legal rights of minors and key best practices for the delivery of adolescent sexual health services.
In it for the Long Haul: Organizational & Individual Strategies for Keeping Clinicians Engaged, Addressing Secondary Trauma, and Reducing Burnout
Now that clinicians have been trained in one or more evidence-based treatments to work with children and families, how can they sustain a long-term career as a therapist without falling to the impact of secondary trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue? This session will address commonly held myths and misperceptions of “self-care” done at home as the remedy to compassion fatigue and work stress. Instead, strategies will be presented that are both useful for individual clinicians to manage the stress of their work without succumbing to burnout and important for supervisors and agency leaders in promoting a healthy and sustainable workforce.
Considerations in Working with the Latinx Population
In this session, we will discuss considerations providing mental health treatment with the Latinx population in North Carolina. This will include the cultural and societal context of the Latinx immigrant population in North Carolina as well as considerations in evaluating and treating this population.
Who, When, What, Where? The New Mandatory Reporting Law of Child Victims of Crimes and How It Intersects with Existing Reporting Laws
The purpose of this session is to give providers an understanding of their obligation to make reports of a client’s abuse, neglect, or maltreatment. The session will provide an overview of North Carolina’s mandatory reporting laws for child a patient population ages 21 and younger. The focus will be on a new (effective December 1, 2019) criminal reporting law for child victims of certain crimes. An explanation of that law, challenges with the law, and how that law intersects with other mandatory reporting laws addressing abuse, neglect, and maltreatment will be provided. There will be opportunities for question and answer throughout.
10:15a - 10:30a
Break (15 min)
10:30a - 12:00p
Keynote Address
Wounds from the Past: Addressing Historical Trauma in the Context of our Work
Across numerous service sectors, we see disparities in access to care, service utilization, and attrition that are linked to aspects of diversity including ethnicity and socio-economic status. How do we understand these disparities, and what can we do to better engage diverse populations? This talk introduces visual models and core concepts for enhancing diversity-informed practice and introduces case material to show how these concepts can help us understand historical and interactional processes that are central to clinical practice.
Keynote Address (1 hour and 30 min)

Events on May 20th

9:00a - 10:00a
Session 4
Where’s My Big Sister?: Sibling Bereavement in Early Childhood
This session will offer a clinical case presentation of therapeutic work with a sibling-bereaved young child and their family. This interactive session will include overview of assessment, conceptualization, treatment planning and implementation, and the evaluation of effectiveness.
General; Early Childhood
Panel Discussion: EBTs in Schools
In this session we will hear from clinicians and senior leaders who have implemented SPARCS and TF-CBT in schools. We will share ideas for overcoming common barriers in this setting, and for engaging school staff, caregivers, and students to increase success.
Intersection of Traumatic Stress and Suicidal Thoughts/Behaviors: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Suicide Prevention/Intervention
This session will focus on the most recent statistics on youth suicidal behavior while identifying risk factors associated with youth suicide. In this talk, the intersection of traumatic stress and high-risk behavior (e.g., suicidality, self-harm) will be discussed. Attendees can expect to be given different tools and resources focused on trauma-informed suicide prevention and intervention.
Integrating Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with Exposure to Familial Substance Abuse
Children who are exposed to severe substance abuse are at risk for a number of adverse experiences, including child maltreatment. They often come from families with intergenerational trauma and addiction. Once family members are in recovery, the child and family can begin to repair their relationships together. This presentation will describe how multiple evidence-based interventions are utilized to support these fragile families.
General; Ethics
10:00a - 10:15a
Break (15 min)
10:15a - 11:15a
Session 5 (1 hour)
Leadership for Implementation
In this session we will review what we know from the literature about climate and leadership that supports implementation, and we will identify specific strategies for increasing your chances for successfully sustaining your EBTs. We will also take a leadership self-assessment to identify areas for personal growth and learning.
Overview of Psychological First Aid
Following a disaster/mass casualty event, mental health providers are often the first to offer assistance. An important initial step is understanding the unique features of disaster mental health when supporting survivors, especially children. This presentation will discuss aspects of disaster mental health and keys to creating a continuum of mental health services to promote best outcomes for children after disasters/mass casualty events.
Foundational Concepts for Affirming LGBTQ+ Young People
This session will explore the differences between sexual orientation, sex assigned at birth, gender, gender expression, and pronouns. This is an interactive presentation that invites questions as opportunities for presenter clarification and shared learning. Content will emphasize the importance of not assuming young people’s identities, experiences, and pronouns based on name, perceived appearance, behaviors, voice, etc.; as well as the value of clarifying and validating how a young person is using an identity term for themself.
Addressing Race and Identity within Evidence-Based Models
As child therapists, much of the work is helping children and families reconcile the effects of experiences on healthy identity development and reduce the likelihood that those experiences will cause lasting functional impairments. In this training, participants will learn how the effects of racial trauma on racial identity development can be identified and integrated into four evidenced based treatment models to promote more positive outcomes for families of diverse backgrounds.
Panel Discussion: Telehealth Clinical Engagement
Telehealth offers opportunities for service delivery when in-person visits are not feasible, but also poses challenges for engagement, safety, and technical concerns. In this session, participants will hear lessons learned from clinical faculty, as well as share tips and tricks they have gained delivering telehealth, and have the opportunity to pose questions to the group.
11:15a - 11:30a
Break (15 min)
11:30a - 12:00p
Closing Remarks: Dana Hagele, MD, MPH, Director of NC CTP


Registration is limited to graduates and senior leaders of NC CTP and CCFH trainings in ABC, CPP, PCIT, PSB-CBT, RPC, SPARCS, and TF-CBT. Clinicians who have trained in these models with other programs are not eligible to apply, but we encourage you to take a look at our other training offerings.

Registration for the 2021 Advanced Training Conference has closed as of April 23rd.

Take a look at our other training offerings here.


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