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CASGSL Research

With CASGSL's recent adoption of ClinicTracker, a new Electronic Health Record System, along with the approval from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis' Institutional Review Board, we have an unprecedented opportunity to conduct research on the effects of, and treatment for, childhood trauma. 

We invite all legal guardians, caregivers, and child clients seeking services at CASGSL to participate in our research endeavors. As part of the initial intake and interview process, we ask new clients to review our Notice of Privacy Practices and sign our Consent for Treatment (adults) or Assent for Treatment (children over 7 years of age). We stress that:
  • participation is fully voluntary;
  • the decision to participate will, in no way, affect the treatment they receive; and
  • research results will never personally identify any individual caregiver or client.

We will soon begin convening research team meetings to discuss the content and direction of research here at CASGSL. 

Additionally, each year we offer a for-credit research experience for dedicated undergraduates interested in childhood trauma. Please contact Joel Epstein for details. 

Finally, we have two active grant-supported research projects.
Project FORECASTProject FORECAST (Foundations for OutReach through Experiential Child Advocacy Studies Training) is a SAMHSA-funded grant that is designed to simultaneously train undergraduate university students and community professionals in Problem-Based Learning Simulations (PBL-S) to develop Trauma-Informed Experiential Reasoning Skills (TIERS). We are actively collecting data on the efficacy of this innovative program.Project TIPSProject TIPS (Trauma Informed Programming in Schools) is a US Department of Education funded grant awarded to the Saint Louis Public School District. CASGSL is providing both the in-school training and evaluation services for this project.

Please return periodically to view the efforts of CASGSL's research team.