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CHAT Collaborative

The CHAT Collaborative is designed to connect all children seen at Pat’s Place for forensic services to expedient, trauma-focused, high-quality mental health services.  Funded by a generous grant from the Duke Endowment, the CHAT Collaborative is designed to foster ongoing communication between community mental health providers and Pat’s Place in an effort to monitor the children’s participation and progress in therapy.  It seeks to improve the quality of the trauma-focused mental health services available in the Charlotte area through supervision, networking, and training opportunities. 

Clinicians invited to participate in the CHAT Collaborative have extensive training in specifically identified trauma-focused therapy modalities including:

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)
  • Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)

These professionals work with both the identified child client and their caregivers to promote healing and support the family after a traumatic experience.  The providers are screened and monitored by the Pat’s Place CHAT Collaborative Coordinator and form a group of mental health professionals that can be utilized by the Pat’s Place Family Advocates, making ‘good-fit’ referrals for all children seen for forensic services at the Child Advocacy Center. 

If you are a trauma-trained mental health therapist interested in learning more about the CHAT Collaborative, please contact the CHAT Collaborative Coordinator, Cassandra Rondel Asencio: cassandra@patsplacecac.org.

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