Enabling System and Practice Transformation

We help individuals and organizations develop approaches which are holistic and responsive, building both healthier work cultures and improving health, wellness, behavioral and educational outcomes for those you serve.

We customize our approach to help you grow.  Your tailored solution may include assessment, training, coaching, and change management support to ensure you have the framework, knowledge, and tools to transform at the individual, organizational, or system levels.

As a partner through the whole journey with our clients, we live the values we promote. CCSI approaches our work from a trauma-responsive, strength-based, equity-focused point of view. We meet our own clients exactly where you are and provide you with opportunities for successful growth.


Trauma Responsive Practices

Addressing the root cause of community and individual challenges. There has been increasing evidence of how experiences of significant adversity and trauma impact health. Trauma Responsive Practices extend beyond awareness of trauma’s impact; it provides a roadmap for change to create conditions that promote healing, recovery, and resiliency.

Trauma Responsive Practices not only improves engagement, satisfaction, and outcomes for the people served, but they also create cultures where staff can flourish.  We begin by identifying current strengths and areas for development and then partner with you on your unique journey towards building a trauma responsive culture.  We help you to create a workplace that promotes the well-being of your staff so that they are best positioned to deliver high quality, effective services and supports


The Consortium of Trauma, Illness and Grief in Schools (TIG)

Knowing that learning requires a leap of courage. All too often instances of trauma, illness and grief interrupt students’ social, emotional and academic development and stand in the way of schools’ essential functions.  CCSI staff engages educators to integrate new practices that specifically address these challenges to improve academic, attendance, behavior, and health outcomes.

We train and prepare school professionals to transform their practice and inform procedure and policy to best meet the holistic needs of students.  Schools and institutions are supported to implement effective crisis plans using evidence-based crisis response skills. TIG Teams within a region link to one another and draw from other Consortium resources to create a self-sustaining Crisis Response Network that can be accessed in times of greatest vulnerability.


Motivational Interviewing

Recognizing that individuals are the experts about their own lives. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a best practice that values a “way of being” with others that will support their autonomy and confidence. MI embodies the values of trauma responsive practices by recognizing that individuals will feel safe and consider change when they experience compassion and radical acceptance from the practitioner. We provide MI training and coaching to equip staff with enhanced skills to engage individuals in identifying their personal goals and exploring how they would like to achieve them. This collaborative conversation style places the individual in the center.  The practitioners’ gentle guidance and support relies on their skill of deeply listening to understand the values and worldview of each person they serve.


Community Schools

Strengthening the hub of the neighborhood. Community Schools are both a place and a set of partnerships provide a network of support based on student, family and neighborhood need. Resources such as health/dental care, mental health services, employment, and social services are centralized to increase access and coordination. Supported by a Lead Agency, each Community School has a Site Coordinator who activates and maintain this hub of community resource partners so the school can remain focused on delivering rigorous and relevant instruction. CCSI can assist with all aspects of the establishment and maintenance of a community school, including staffing support.


System of Care

Making it easier for families to access the services they need. Coordinated systems are easier to navigate because healthcare, human services, community-based organizations, and education all commit to a core set of values including being family driven, youth guided, trauma responsive, and culturally competent while employing evidence based best practices.

Systems of Care enable regions and networks to keep children and families in the center of the work they do but out of the middle of complexities between systems. The system carries the burden of coordination, so it is easier for young people and families to access the right services at the right time while building their individualized network support.

Trauma-Responsive Understanding Self-assessment Tool (TRUST)

This free online assessment tool is designed for organizations of all types and sizes to assess their own progress in implementing trauma-informed practices.


"I really like the suggested training links attached to each assessment. This is everything I had hoped it would be - not just showing deficiencies but providing an avenue to increase competencies."

Linda L. Beers, MPH,  Essex County Public Health Director