Project BEST

Bringing Evidence Supported Treatment to South Carolina Children and Families

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Project BEST (Bringing Evidence Supported Treatments) is a state-wide collaborative effort to use innovative community-based dissemination, training, and implementation methods to dramatically increase the capacity of every community in South Carolina to deliver evidence-supported mental health treatments (ESTs) to every abused and traumatized child who needs them. The long-term goal of Project BEST is to ensure that all South Carolina children and their families, who are identified as having experienced abuse and resulting trauma, receive appropriate, evidence supported mental health assessment and psychosocial treatment services.

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Project BEST involves teaching clinicians how to do Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and enabling brokers of mental health services to identify and refer appropriate children for treatment, incorporate ESTs into their treatment planning, and monitor treatment progress.  Through funding from The Duke Endowment, Project BEST provides the training and ongoing consultation needed to build the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver and sustain the use of TF-CBT in communities across South Carolina.

Project BEST is a collaborative project of the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center in Charleston, SC and the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

For more information about Project BEST, including the Roster of Professionals trained in TF-CBT, click here.