About Us

Clinical Research | Training | Community Service

The Child Trauma Research Program is nationally recognized for its leadership in developing effective, family-centered interventions for children aged zero through five who experience traumatic events such as violence in the home or community; death of a loved one; or life-threatening accidents, illnesses, or disasters.

Our team of multi-cultural, multi-lingual staff is dedicated to helping young children and families who experience traumatic events. We develop and research effective treatment models, provide training across settings and disciplines, and offer direct service to children and their families.


Mission Statement

To develop, evaluate, implement, and disseminate effective treatment and service interventions for children aged zero through five who witness or directly experience violence in their homes or communities; the death of a loved one; or life-threatening accidents, illnesses, or disasters.


Overview of the Child Trauma Research Program

The Child Trauma Research Program (CTRP) is a program within the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry. In existence since 1996, CTRP is located at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) in the heart of the Mission District. Since 2001, CTRP has been the lead program of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a center of the federally-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Our team develops, evaluates, implements, and disseminates effective relationship-focused, culturally-informed interventions for trauma-exposed young children and their families, starting during pregnancy and through age 5.



We provide mental health services to families from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, with special commitment to low-income ethnic minority families, immigrant groups, and those who might otherwise lack access to services. Treatment is provided free of charge. Bilingual services in Spanish and Portuguese are available. Services include:

  • Child-parent psychotherapy
  • Perinatal child-parent psychotherapy
  • Co-parenting child-parent psychotherapy
  • Trauma-focused screening and assessment
  • Crisis intervention
  • Case management and concrete assistance with problems of living
  • Legal representation in applications for the U-visa                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Training and Consultation

CTRP trains service providers locally, nationally, and abroad.

Training topics include:

  • The effects of trauma on child development
  • Implementation of child-parent psychotherapy
  • Integrating trauma principles into systems that serve families, such as primary care, childcare and schools, domestic violence shelters, family resource centers, child welfare, and the judicial system
  • Integrating a focus on culture and environmental context into assessment, treatment, and system intervention                                                                                                                                           

Training and consultation occur through:

  • CTRP internship and post-doctoral programs
  • Program consultation
  • Partnerships with community agencies
  • Workshops and presentations
  • Collaboration with the National Child Traumatic Stress NetworkZero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, and other organizations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


Our research examines the effects of trauma on young children and their families and the effectiveness of relationship-based treatments including child-parent psychotherapy. Our goal is to increase access to services and raise the standard of care for young children and families exposed to trauma.

Please visit the CTRP Publications page for a comprehensive list of recently published research conducted by CTRP staff.