The Terrorism and Disaster Center (TDC) was established in 2005 to provide national leadership in the area of terrorism and disasters. TDC is a partner in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a national network funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration to improve the standard of care for traumatized children and to increase their access to care.
Successes in child disaster mental health over the past two decades have culminated in a vision for the next phase of TDC's work: to create a nation of resilient children supported by and in support of resilient communities now and for future generations.
TDC has a three-fold mission:
- to improve the standard of care and access to culturally proficient mental health services for children and families affected by terrorism and disasters;
- to develop, promote, and disseminate culturally informed disaster mental health services, interventions, and resources for children, families, schools, and communities; and
- to provide training, consultation, and technical assistance related to mass trauma.
TDC’s focus is on:
- enhancing the resilience of communities to address disaster mental health for children and families;
- increasing the resilience of children for disaster and terrorism preparedness, response, and recovery; and
- improving the infrastructure for disaster mental health for children and families by offering training, consultation, and technical assistance to prepare providers and community programs to address disaster preparedness and response for children, families, and communities.
TDC has developed and is currently testing two major interventions: The Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit Intervention (CART and CART-Youth) which uses teams of community stakeholders to enhance community resilience and the Resilience and Coping Intervention (RCI) which is a group coping and resilience intervention for children.
Terrorism and Disaster Center
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
College of Medicine
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma