Our Mission

Growing awareness of trauma’s impact on families – including the essential roles families play in helping children recover – necessitates further development, evaluation, and dissemination of family informed trauma interventions.  The Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center (FITT) Center partners with families, providers and local and national networks to increase behavioral health equity for children and families who have experienced chronic trauma and stress.

Our Partnership with NCSTN

University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and Social Work and the Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute received a $2.4 million Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant through the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative to continue the work of the FITT Center established in 2007. Together with local and national partners, the FITT Team develops, evaluates and disseminates new family trauma interventions:


Our Partnership with NCSTN

FITT Model

The FITT Model recognizes and aims to address the impact of traumatic events and contextual stressors on every member of the family, on family relationships, and on the family as a whole.

Anchored in family and trauma-informed principles and practices, the Model provides the framework for an ecological family systems approach that strengthens families’ efforts to attain safety and stability as they plot a course to address their unique needs.
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FITT Partners with Center for Resilient Families

A guide to forming advisory boards for family-serving organizations
Forming an advisory board can feel like adding yet another box to check in the path to getting something done. But a well-planned advisory board will make your work better, not harder, by providing broader perspective, ensuring you are empowering those you serve, and creating ambassadors for your work.

This tool is the first comprehensive guide to forming an advisory board with a trauma-informed approach for organizations that serve families. In clear language and achievable steps, it walks you through the process of forming a board and highlights the common decisions groups have to make while outlining the options at each juncture.

This practical and flexible tool will demystify the process and free you up to think about the bigger strategic decisions that will form the bedrock of your board. A well functioning advisory board can help you meaningfully infuse a trauma-informed approach at every level of your organization.

This tool was produced as a collaboration between the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center at the University of Maryland, and the Center for Resilient Families at the University of Minnesota.

To download the guide, visit crf.umn.edu/advisory.

FITT Toolkit

The FITT Toolkit is a web-based resource for trauma therapists interested in knowledge and tools needed to advance practice infamily informed trauma assessment, treatment planning and intervention. It is designed to support trauma therapists’ efforts to:

  • Recognize families’ needs and strengths in trauma recovery
  • Understand the complexity of family systems adaptation totraumatic contexts

  • Address families’ needs and link them to needed trauma resources.

Register or Sign In to use the FITT Toolkit