Child HELP Partnership

Child HELP Partnership

The Child HELP Partnership (CHP) mission is to better protect and heal children and caregivers from trauma and its emotional impact.  Our name, Child HELP Partnership, reflects our integrated approach with four areas of focus:

Healing families after trauma using leading-edge, evidence-based therapies
Empowering multicultural communities to access mental health
Learning programs to educate mental health and other professionals about trauma
Public education for parents for parents and other caregivers

Healing families after trauma using state-of-the-art, evidence-based therapies

Over the past 15 years, CHP has provided free, evidence-based mental health services to traumatized NYC children and their caregivers. We offer individual and family therapy to children exposed to trauma and grief group counseling for families who have experienced the death of a significant person. Our approach to serving families incorporates best practices for mental health in a model that recognizes individual differences and the importance of the caregiver in a child’s development.


Empowering multicultural communities to access mental health

Children from economically-disadvantaged families of racial and ethnic diversity are the most likely to be exposed to trauma and develop mental health problems, but are the least likely to get access to any mental health care, let alone evidence-based interventions. Our goal is to alleviate barriers to accessing mental health services for traumatized families by bringing the evidence-based interventions we provide into community settings and modifying these interventions based on advice from community leaders.

Learning programs to educate mental health and other professionals about trauma

Industry experts have identified best practices in therapy for child trauma. Many mental health professionals have not had the opportunity to learn them. CHP offers trainings for professionals across the country on evidence-based assessment and therapy. CHP’s training initiatives include face-to-face presentations and ongoing consultation on actual cases. .

Public education for parents for parents and other caregivers

In addition to educating mental health professionals, CHP leadership works to inform educators, pediatricians, parents, and other caregivers about the prevalence and impact of trauma, and methods of prevention. The Workshop to Educate on Child Abuse and Neglect is a training on best practices in assessment and reporting of maltreatment. Keeping Every Child Safe is a series of workshops for parents and other caregivers on the prevention of abuse and bullying.

Contact HELP

Child HELP Partnership
St. John's University Center for Psychological Services, Seton Complex
152-11 Union Turnpike
Flushing, NY 11367
Tel: (718) 990-2367
Fax: (718) 990-1586


Our vision is to replicate the Child HELP Partnership center's well-documented results across the United States and abroad.

To learn more about Child HELP Partnership, check out our detailed website at

Additional Information

Healing children after trauma by providing evidence-based therapies free-of-charge,
Empowering the multicultural communities by adapting these services for them,
Learning of professionals across the country by training  them in these evidence-informed approaches, and
Preventing abuse and injury by offering evidence-informed prevention programs.


Sharma-Patel, K. & Brown, E. (2015). Emotion regulation and self blame as mediators and moderators of trauma-specific treatment.  Psychology of Violence, 6, 400-409.

Sharma-Patel, K., Filton, B., Tebbett, A., Tahilani, K., Brown, E., & Campbell, C. (2014). Patterns in blame attributions in abused youth: Association with mental health correlates and adaptive functioning. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Abuse, 567-588.

Goodman, R. F., & Brown, E. J. (2016, January). Two programs to promote resilience of bereaved parents. Workshop presented at the 2nd International Conference on Loss, Bereavement & Human Resilience, Eilat, Israel.

Happer, K., Brown, E. J., & Sharma-Patel, K., (2015, November). Changes in children’s resilience over the course of trauma-specific CBT: A comparison of models. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Grice, C. Francis, M. M., Sharma-Patel, K. & Brown, E. J. (2015, May).  Examining the influence of parenting practices on children’s behavior problems and hostile attribution bias: Understanding the role of caregivers in trauma-specific treatment.  Paper presented as part of symposium titled “Parenting factors as mechanisms of change in child treatment outcomes” at the 27th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

Herring, J., Zlotnik, D., Tebbett, A., Sharma-Patel, K., Brown, E.J. (2010, June). Relation between type of improvement and treatment phase in trauma-specific CBT: PTSD versus adaptive skills. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Boston, MA.


Nikulina, V., Bautista, A., & Brown, E. J. (in press).  Negative responses to disclosure of sexual victimization and victims’ symptoms of PTSD and depression: The protective role of ethnic identity.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Rivera, P. M., Gonales-Backen, M. A., Yedlin, J., Brown, E. J., Schwartz, S. J., Caraway, S. J., & Ham, L. S. (2015). Family violence and sexual risk-taking among Latino emerging adults: Role of posttraumatic stress symptoms and acculturative stress. Journal of Family Violence, 30 (8), 967-976. 

Baker, A. J. L., Brown, E. J., Schneiderman, M., Sharma-Patel, K. & Berrill, L. (2014). Application of evidence-based therapies to children in foster care:  A survey of program developers. APSAC Advisor, 23, 3-14.

Sharma-Patel, K., & Brown, E. (2011). Engagement strategies and trauma treatment adaptations with families of Caribbean backgrounds. Clinical presentation as part of a workshop titled Breaking the Mold: Tailoring Trauma-Specific Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) to multicultural and extended families exposed to abuse  presented at the Annual Meeting of The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.  Philadelphia, PA.


Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy by D. Kolko, E. Brown, M. Shaver, B. Baumann, & A. Hershell.  Trainings provided June, 2012-present.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy by J. Cohen, E. Deblinger, & A. Mannarino.  Trainings provided January, 2013-present.

CBT Plus by L. Berliner, S. Dorsey, & S. Kerns.  Trainings provided January, 2016-present.


Canter, M. F., Brown, E. J., & Beekman, L. (October 2016). Findings from an abuse and bullying prevention program for professionals and parents. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Brown, E. J., Beekman, L., & Canter, M. F. (2015, November). Findings from a pilot RCT of a psychoeducational program to prevent abuse and bullying. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.


Donate Now

Help Rebuild Lives of Children, Families and Communities

If youwould like to help us help children, please donate to our organization.

Every single dollar of your investment in the Child HELP Partnership goes to providing services for traumatized children and their families because overhead expenses are covered by St. John’s University and other generous patrons.  Operating under the auspices of St. John’s University’s 501(c)3, all donations to CHP are tax-exempt.

  • $2500 Provides a course of trauma therapy for one child and caregiver(s)​

  • $1500 Provides a course of trauma therapy for one child OR Funds the prevention program for 25 caregivers (i.e. one school class)

  • ​$1000 Helps fund the hiring of a Spanish-speaking, bilingual therapist​

  • $600 Provides a comprehensive evaluation of a family (child and parent(s))

  • $375 Provides a crisis intervention for a community agency after a trauma or death​

  • $150 Provides tickets for 2 caregivers to attend the prevention program​

To donate, you have two options:

(1) To send a check, please make it payable to “St. John’s University” and include “Child HELP Partnership” in the memo line.  Donations can be mailed to:

Child HELP Partnership
St. John’s University, Seton Complex
152-11 Union Turnpike
Queens, NY 11367

(2) To donate online, please click here