What is the MCCT?
The Montana Center for Childhood Trauma is a program of the Institute for Educational Research and Service funded by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) under a four year grant (fall 2003 - summer 2008). In 2004, the MCCT was formalized by the Montana University System Board of Regents.
Post-NCTSN funding, the Center continues its work through behavioral health grants, fee for service consultations, and collaboration with IERS' National Native Children's Trauma Center. The work of the National Center (funded by NCTSN fall 2007) is a direct output and expansion of the Montana Center's earlier activities and work scope.
The MCCT's current work:
Since 2008, MCCT re-focused on trauma intervention training for schools outside of Indian Country; the cross linkage between suicide prevention, school safety, and childhood trauma; and child-oriented behavioral health collaborations with law enforcement (specific to domestic violence).
Current MCCT activities are listed within the upcoming events of the National Native Children's Trauma Center or the Montana Safe Schools Center (suicide prevention).
Why the need for childhood trauma interventions?
It is reported that 10-50% of children in the United States are victims of violence at school, in the home, or within their community. As a result, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has become an escalating concern in our society. Unfortunately, PTSD often co-occurs with other disorders such as depression and can lead to problematic behaviors such as suicide attempts and juvenile delinquency. In addition, research suggests that children who live in impoverished conditions and who are members of minority groups may be more likely to develop PTSD.