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RESEARCH & PROJECTS

Past Projects and Community-Based Evaluations

Let’s Connect (group and individual format) has been evaluated in both clinical and community settings with families across demographics and income-levels.   

One of our ongoing project goals is been to increase parent education opportunities for Colorado families, and evaluate outcomes. We offer Let’s Connect to families in group and individual formats with concurrent activities for children and direct coaching for parents during interactions with their children, in collaboration with community partners.  We are also building capacity of community partner staff members to implement our program independently and build program sustainability.

As part of a recent 5-year project, our team conducted a randomized clinical trial conducted in partnership with Aurora Mental Health Center in Aurora, Colorado to evaluate the effectiveness of Let’s Connect as a strategic enhancement to Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), compared to stand alone TF-CBT for children exposed to trauma and their families. This project was a cooperative agreement with OJJDP and the RAND corporation. Data analysis and coding of observational and interview data is ongoing. Click here for an initial data summary "Improving Outcomes for Children Exposed to Violence."

Across studies, Let’s Connect outcomes to date are promising:  

 Let’s Connect is associated with increased:

  • Parent/caregiver supportive emotion communication practices

  • Parent/caregiver emotional awareness and regulation

  • Child cooperation

  • Effective discipline practices

Let’s Connect is associated with decreased:

  • Parent/caregiver unsupportive or invalidating emotion communication practices

  • Parenting stress

  • Child behavioral concerns

  • Child exposure to violence

Let’s Connect has been designated as a promising practice by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network: https://www.nctsn.org/interventions/lets-connect


Current Projects and Community-Based Evaluations

A current project with partners at the Colorado Department of Human Services and local child/family-serving organizations is underway to evaluate Let’s Connect as a prevention program to increase safety, permanency and wellbeing for child-welfare involved families.

To accomplish these goals, we are evaluating the efficacy of Let’s Connect as compared to a ‘services as usual’ group with regard to parent, child, and family outcomes.  Services as usual consist of the services currently offered to the families as part of their involvement or connection to child welfare.


Contact Us

For more information projects and updated findings, please contact us.