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June 2004Vol. 5, No. 5Disseminating Best Practices in Child Abuse Treatment

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation initiated the Best Practices Project to identify and disseminate information on best practices to help children heal from the impact of child abuse. A collaborative of national organizations concerned with child abuse, known as the National Call to Action (NCTA), brought together leading professionals, researchers, educators, and other stakeholders to identify best practices to serve victims of abuse and their families, as well as methods to spread the knowledge and use of these best practices in the field. The findings from the project are presented in a recent report, Closing the Quality Chasm in Child Abuse Treatment: Identifying and Disseminating Best Practices.

A variety of protocols were reviewed by an advisory committee. Three treatments were identified by the committee as having theoretical, clinical, and empirical support:

  • Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Abuse-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Parent-child interaction therapy

A description of each is provided, as well as cases in which the treatments are appropriate and inappropriate. The report then goes on to describe a four-phased strategy for accelerating the move to implementing these and other innovative practices. Finally, the report offers 23 specific recommendations to support diffusion of the three identified "best practices" at the environment/community level, covering topics such as the need to introduce a social movement to drive diffusion, funding strategies, and the need for comprehensive education, training, and marketing activities.

The full report will be available from the National Call to Action website at

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Children's Bureau Express last wrote about outcomes in "Outcomes Being Documented for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy" in the October 2002 issue.