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iCARE Community


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(to name a few)


  • Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center, OH

  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

  • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

  • Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, IL

  • Boston Children’s Hospital, MA

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA

  • Belmont Psychiatric Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

  • University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

  • Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk, VA

  • Waco Family Medicine Residency Program, Family Health Center of Waco, TX


Community Mental Health

  • Center for Child and Family Health, Durham, NC

  • DePaul Family and Community Services, Chicago, IL

  • Boston Child Study Center, MA

  • Tennessee Centers of Excellence for Children in State Custody

  • Changing Tides Family Services, Eureka, CA

  • Encompass, Issaquah, WA

  • Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, TX

  • Diana Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University, Waco, TX

  • Delaware Prevention & Behavioral Health Services



  • Chicago Public Schools (CPS), IL

  • CPS Office of Social and Emotional Learning, Chicago, IL

  • Communities in Schools for Southern Nevada

  • Stoughton Public Schools, MA

  • Bedford Public Schools, MA



  • North Carolina Army National Guard, Raleigh, NC

  • U.S. Marine Corps

  • U.S. Navy SEALS

  • U.S. Army


Other Community Supports

  • Juvenile Support Services, Inc., Wilson, NC

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Kingsport TRACES, TN

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill



CARE-Japan, Tokyo, Japan

"In my 2nd year of PCIT practice at my organization, I also served as a part-time case manager working directly with families involved in child welfare services. Part of my role was to work with parents and caregivers to enhance skills that strengthened connections with their children. I learned about Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE). Since that time our CARE facilitators have trained over 400 individual staff members at Children's Wisconsin Community Services. Our program has received only positive feedback from CARE workshop participants. I often hear stories in passing from staff and families that CARE skills have paved the way for increased parenting confidence and have impacted both professional and personal relationships for the better.  I'm thrilled that we have been able to disseminate this workshop internally at Children's, and I look forward to continuing to work directly with the iCARE Collaborative."

Kate ~ Wisconsin, CARE Facilitator

Children's Wisconsin

"The CARE training has been an invaluable way to introduce evidence-based behavior management principles and relationship-building skills within an academic medical center. As a psychologist who specializes in evidence-based parenting and behavior management interventions, I am often asked to give trainings to medical trainees or staff members without formal training in these interventions but who work with children and families. CARE has been the ideal training to share the power of positive relationship-enhancement techniques in an engaging way. It is hands-on, interactive, and engaging for participants and is able to be implemented flexibly, which has allowed for more broad dissemination among diverse groups and settings in our institution. The feedback from participants is overwhelmingly positive!"

Kerrie ~ South Carolina, CARE Facilitator

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

​We have worked within our own agencies and a number of yours to provide CARE training with the generous support of the following funding mechanisms:

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation

  • Communities in Schools

  • First 5 California; Early Identification and Early Intervention

  • Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

  • Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (IJIA)

  • Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities

  • Mississippi Department of Mental Health

  • Moody Foundation

  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health

  • Ohio Department of Health

  • Riverside University Health System-Behavioral Health: Preschool 0-5 Programs

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • U.S. Department of Education

  • U.S. Marine Corps Family Advocacy Program

  • Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)

Originally developed in 2006 at the Mayerson Center for Safe and Health Children and the Childhood Trust at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), CARE is a need-derived, field-initiated training created in collaboration with community therapists knowledgeable in evidence-based parenting programs. Practitioners who saw the benefits of evidence-based approaches for the families they served also sought ways to share the most effective skills with a non-clinical population so children and teens everywhere could benefit from the power of positive relationships.

The CARE curriculum is a joint effort of many incredible clinicians, researchers, pioneers, and all-around good human beings:


  • Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD

  • Robin H. Gurwitch, PhD

  • Barbara W. Boat, PhD

  • Erna Olafson, PhD, PsyD

  • Susan Dougherty, PhD

  • Christina M. Warner-Metzger, PhD

  • Frank Putnam, MD

  • Lisa Connelly, MA

  • Lacey Thieken, BA

  • Debbie Sharp

Additional contributions of note are acknowledged from:

  • Jessica Shore, PsyD

  • Joanne Wood, MD

  • Joshua Masse, PhD

CARE is dedicated to Dr. Frank Putnam, who believes these skills and ideas “should be in the water for anyone interacting with children and teens,” and to the memory of Lisa Connelly, who recognized through kind and caring relationships, all things are possible.


CARE Champions

Our CARE Champions are the cornerstone of the iCARE Community. 



CARE is an effective universal approach that is receiving a lot of attention from funders.



It takes a village to build a Culture of CARE. We thank those who made it possible.

Dedication & Remembrance

"Getting CARE into the water" comes from some inspirational pioneers.



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