Closing the Quality Chasm in Child Abuse Treatment: Identifying and Disseminating Best Practices (2004)

From 1999 to 2004, a significant body of empirical research had emerged supporting the efficacy of certain treatment protocols with abused children and their families. Despite the emerging evidence regarding effective treatments, there was a strong perception by many leaders in the field that use of this evidence in a reliable way was still rare in the child abuse field. In this context, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City agreed to support the systematic identification of best practices on helping children heal from the impact of child abuse, and spread those effective interventions. This effort was conducted under the broad overview of the National Call To Action: A Movement to End Child Abuse and Neglect (NCTA).

Through this process, three intervention protocols emerged as clear, consensus choices as "Best Practices" in the field of child abuse treatment:

1. Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
2. Abuse Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)
3. Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

In 2004, despite the demonstrated efficacy of these interventions, there is little evidence that they have rapidly spread across the nation and are being widely offered to abused children and their families.  Help us to spread these Best Practices by printing and distributing the electronic version of the Kauffman Best Practices Project Final Report, published in 2004, described these practices and encouraged their dissemination.  Five years later, two of these practices, TF-CBT and PCIT, are well-known evidence-based practices used throughout the United States.