Our History

Trauma Services at LUK has been part of the agency history since the inception when founders recognized the need for crisis response in the community.  In LUK’s early days of hotline services, volunteers realized the prevalence and impact of chronic adversity on consumer’s mental health.  Trauma-informed care has been integrated throughout the agency and is embedded into our agency-wide orientation.

HIGHLGHTS:

  • 2005 - LUK received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) through UMass Medical School
  • 2006 - LUK partnered with Boston Medical Center for training in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • 2009 - LUK’s Central MA Child Trauma Center (CMCTC) was established with funding from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) as a Category III site
  • 2010 to 2012 - CMCTC and partners participated in a Breakthrough Series Collaborative organized by NCTSN entitled, “Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Foster Care Placement Stability.”
  • 2011 - LUK became the lead coordinator of the federally funded Massachusetts Child Trauma Project (MCTP)
  • 2012 to 2016 - LUK was refunded as an NCTSN site and began to implement Attachment Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC)
  • 2015 - LUK partnered with Community Healthlink for funding from the MA Office for Victim Assistance to provide our Rapid Response Services
  • 2017 - LUK received funding from the Department of Mental Health to develop and implement the Finding Resilience After Domestic Violence Program
  • 2017 - LUK received funding from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund to implement trauma-informed parenting groups
  • Present - LUK continues as an affiliate of NCTSN and provides trauma treatment, guidance, and training to Central MA communities

In 2005, the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) received a System of Care grant and partnered with LUK and other community organizations to implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based trauma treatment for children ages 3-18. In 2006, LUK Inc. contracted with Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) Child Witness to Violence Project to receive training in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), an evidence-based treatment for very young children and their caregivers. In 2009, LUK Inc.’s Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center (CMCTC) was funded by SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) as a Category III site with the goal of improving access to trauma-informed services in Central Massachusetts. From 2010 to 2012, CMCTC partnered with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), UMMS, and consumers in a Breakthrough Series Collaborative organized by NCTSN entitled, “Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Foster Care Placement Stability.” LUK and our partners traveled across the United States and met with 9 other teams to improve child-welfare and mental health practices toward trauma-informed care. 

In 2011, DCF partnered with LUK, The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, BMC, and UMMS to create the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project (MCTP) funded by the federal Administration for Children and Families: Children’s Bureau.  LUK was the lead coordinator of MCTP grant activities. From 2012-2016, LUK was refunded by SAMHSA as an NCTSN site and began to implement Attachment Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) an evidence-based trauma treatment for children ages 3-21 and their families. Through the work of LUK’s trauma center, over 1,600 children were screened for trauma, 800 children received trauma treatment, 3,000 professionals and caregivers were trained in trauma-informed care and 40 agencies participated in Learning Communities to implement evidence-based treatments in their organizations.