CCR works with implementing partners and funders across the region to grow the evidence base of mental health initiatives and interventions, as well as develop and pilot new programs that address the root causes of trauma in communities.
CCR is collaborating with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) to develop, deliver and evaluate the outcomes of an evidence-informed after-school curriculum. Using participatory action research, this academic-community partnership aims to examine the acceptability, implementation, and initial utility of a social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for at-risk youth from urban, low-income and ethnic minority communities.
WOW is a community-developed, multi-faceted school year long group counseling and mentoring program that works to improve social-emotional competencies for girls in the 7th to 12th grades who have been exposed to traumatic stressors in high-risk and under-resourced communities. Through community-academic partnership, the CCR collaborated with WOW program leadership on a participatory formative evaluation of program feasibility, acceptability, and initial promise in preparation for a formal effectiveness study. Findings were favorable surrounding the initial promise of a thriving and popular school-based behavioral health intervention, but also identified multiple areas for potential improvement in feasibility and acceptability and informed ongoing program modification.
Bounce Back is a school-based intervention aimed at elementary school students exposed to traumatic events. In collaboration with Loyola University Chicago and Cicero School District #99, CCR utilized a randomized control design to replicate findings from the original Bounce Back efficacy study (Langley et al., 2015) in a different geographical area. Results indicated that Bounce Back is an effective intervention that can feasibly be implemented by school based clinicians with a low-income, predominantly Latino sample of elementary school students experiencing high levels of trauma and other ongoing stressor. Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress were reduced and coping skills improved as a result of this intervention.