Many therapists are not sure how to work with younger children or families.  One goal for you center may be gathering a list of agencies in your area that have experience working with small children and families in your area.  

Sometimes the support may be for family members and not directly for the young child.  It will be important to find agencies in your community who know how to help families under stress. This support may come from:

  • Local mental health centers
  • Pastors
  • Behavioral therapists who work in the Educational Co-ops or through Early Intervention
  • Home visiting providers

Local mental health centers can be good places to start.  Pediatricians/PCPs may also know of good therapists in your area.  Your Child Care Aware partner may also be able to give you some help finding resources.

A few links that will be helpful to you are:  

Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma (ArBest).  Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma (ARBEST) is a state-funded program at the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute which aims to improve outcomes for traumatized children and families through excellence in clinical care, training, advocacy, and evaluation.  If you go to the website, there is a directory where you can find therapists in your area to work with children in these following evidence based treatment:  

  • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)– treatment for children (ages 0-5) that has been shown to reduce emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with trauma, enhance safe caregiving practices, and strengthen the parent-child relationship.

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)– treatment for children (ages 2-7) with disruptive behavior, including those with trauma, that has been shown to reduce behavior problems, strengthen parent-child attachment, and improve trauma symptoms.

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) treatment for children and adolescents (ages 3-18) that has been shown to successfully resolve emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with trauma.

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) – treatment for adolescents and adults that has been shown to successfully reduce posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms related to a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, sexual assault, and natural disasters.

  • Click here to go to the Arbest website:

Arkansas Community Mental Health Centers:   There are mental health agencies throughout the state that can provide services for parents as well as children.  To learn more about community mental health services in your area Click here: