Center for Resilient Families

About CRF

A growing body of research has shown how working with parents can improve mental health outcomes for children exposed to traumatic stress, and many research-tested programs have been developed and and have proven effective in strengthening families’ responses to traumatic stress. However, few of these existing, research-tested interventions are making it into widespread practice.

The Center for Resilient Families (CRF) aims to bring these research breakthroughs into practice for parents across the country. CRF aims to implement trauma-informed parenting programs in settings where families already are — school, community centers, homes, online. By training a variety of professionals to work with families, we can reduce the unmet need for mental health treatment and better serve children exposed to traumatic stress.

The Center for Resilient Families is funded by a grant from from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It is a partnership between between Ambit Network at the University of Minnesota (PI, Dr. Abigail Gewirtz), developers of evidence-based family programs at Arizona State University’s REACH Institute, Implementation Sciences International, and the University of Texas. It is housed within the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota.

Training available

The Center for Resilient Families provides tuition-free training in parent-focused evidence-based practices. To inquire about application materials or deadlines, contact the project co-director.

Upcoming trainings: 

  • 2020: Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families 
  • 2021: After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT) 


  • 2017: Parent Management Training-Oregon Model [completed]
  • 2018: Family Checkup [completed]

Learn more about each intervention here.