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History of the North Carolina Child Treatment Program


NC CTP was founded by three physicians:

  • Dana Hagele, MD, MPH - Child Abuse Pediatrician at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Rebecca Socolar, MD, MPH - Child Abuse Pediatrician at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH - Physician with the Duke Department of Psychiatry

The founders created NC CTP as a training and implementation platform for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). The original intent of TF-CBT was to provide treatment for children who had experienced sexual abuse, but the founders quickly realized that TF-CBT is an effective treatment for children who have been through any type of trauma.

2006 - 2009

NC CTP‘s work with traumatized children was piloted in Northeastern North Carolina. It covered 28 counties and included work with a variety of agencies and providers.


NC CTP took its work to a statewide level. Training in TF-CBT was expanded to include 90 counties in North Carolina.


NC CTP moved their administrative home to the Center for Child and Family Health, where they are still housed today.

2013 - Present

In 2013, NC CTP received an annually recurring appropriation from the NC General Assembly for statewide program expansion. This appropriation supports statewide dissemination of evidence-based trauma treatment models for children and adolescents birth through 21 years of age. NC CTP‘s evidence-based implementation platform is useful for all types of treatment models. Model training is expanding to cover not only trauma treatment, but also issues with attachment and other behavioral / emotional issues.