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The Regents of the University of Colorado, CO

The Community Collective for Youth and Family Resilience (CCYFR) project is a collaboration between the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado (CU), Mental Health Partners (MHP), and the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN). The CCYFR project has the goal of improving outcomes and reducing health disparities for underserved youth and caregivers impacted by domestic violence. The CCYFR is committed to promoting resilience for youth and families through evidence-based interventions that promote protective factors (e.g., supportive parent-child relationships, youth social and emotional competencies) and reduce risk (e.g., mental/behavioral health challenges, violence exposure).

The project has selected two parent-child interventions that not only address youth mental and behavioral health challenges but promote the very protective factors that buffer youth from the negative impacts of domestic violence: Let’s Connect and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

To create sustainable long-term service delivery and reach all families in need, CCYFR will first establish needed infrastructure, including a Community Implementation Team (CIT) that will direct all program activities, agency-specific consultation, and strategies for building community awareness and engagement. The CCYFR project is designed to reach and serve large numbers of families and youth exposed to domestic violence in ways that will create systems and supports that can be sustained over time and scaled up statewide.