Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence

The American Psychological Association’s Violence Prevention Office (VPO) received a grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime to develop the Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence initiative, a national training program to increase victim service providers’ capacity to serve children and adolescents exposed to violence.

The EP Program’s objective is to increase mental health providers’ awareness and knowledge of the impact of victimization and trauma on children and adolescents and to help develop their skills for providing effective trauma-focused, family-centered, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, evidence-based assessments and treatments.

Our Training

By assembling the most effective and widely used trauma-focused, evidence-based assessments and treatments for use with victimized children and adolescents, the EP Program helps to reduce the burdens on busy mental health practitioners by offering them a simplified training package aimed to help them become more effective in building resilience and facilitating recovery. Our training provides mental health professionals across the service spectrum with the best available science on violence, victimization, and trauma’s impact on children and adolescents; practical strategies for selecting effective trauma-focused assessments and treatments; and user-friendly resources for accessing technical assistance and in-depth training on evidence-based treatment programs.

In conjunction with the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), Childhelp and the Office of Continuing Education in Psychology, VPO will offer nationwide training and APA-approved CE credits via in-person workshops, an online classroom and a training DVD.

Curriculum Consultants

  • Anthony Mannarino, PhD

    Director of the Allegheny General Hospital Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • Michael de Arellano, PhD
    Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

    National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina

  • Roy Van Tassell, MS, LPC
    Clinical Supervisor and Trauma Specialist
    Child Trauma Center, Family & Children’s Services
    Tulsa, Okla.


American Psychological Association

Founded in 1892, the American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's worldwide membership is nearly 160,000 researchers, practitioners, educators and consultants in business and industry.

For nearly half a century, psychologists have been at the forefront of research on aggression, violence, child development, and the relationship between psychological and social factors and behavior change. The Association has undertaken a number of projects designed to support research in the area of violence prevention and to bring what is learned in this research to a broad audience. These projects include books, monographs, special editions of scholarly journals, public information materials and developing and evaluating training programs on such issues as family violence, youth violence, violence against women and violence in the workplace.

Violence Prevention Office

Who We Are

This area of Public Interest Directorate is responsible for disseminating research-based knowledge and information on violence and injury prevention. It is the coordination point for the Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence and ACT Parents Raising Safe Kids programs. We also work to integrate different approaches on violence in the family.

What We Do

We train and provide technical assistance and materials to professionals and community-based organizations to implement our programs. In addition, we develop publications and provide information and resources to professionals, policymakers and the general public on violence prevention issues.

National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) & Childhelp

APA has partnered with the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) and Childhelp to capitalize on their experience and capacity to reach out to thousands of professionals who are experts on children and youth victimized by violence, and to ensure that it meets the needs of victim service providers.

NCVC is the nation’s leading agency providing resources and advocacy for victims of violence and those who provide services to them.

Childhelp is a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of violence and abuse; its focus is on treatment, prevention and community outreach.

NCVC and Childhelp are involved with the development and implementation of the Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence national training plan, training curriculum and training materials. In addition, they are collaborating with APA’s Violence Prevention Office to organize in-person workshops in communities nationwide. Their missions, longstanding experience working on behalf of victims and service providers, and commitment to partnerships that allow them to reach more victims and providers make them APA’s natural partners for this program.

Office of Continuing Education in Psychology

The Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) offers a wide range of continuing professional education opportunities for psychologists. This office works with the Continuing Education Committee (CEC) which is responsible for overseeing the review and approval of CE Workshops and sessions at the annual convention. In addition, the CEP Office develops a variety of Independent Study programs, offers in-house workshops, and co-sponsors a range of other workshops, seminars and conferences for CE credit.



This workshop has been reviewed and approved by the APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology to offer continuing education credits to psychologists. The APA CEP maintains responsibility for the content of the program.

This website is funded in part through grant number 2010-VF-GX-K008, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, policies and any services or tools provided).