Community Connections
Research & Grant Funded Initiatives: Trauma
For the past fifteen years, Community Connections has examined the prevalence and impact of trauma in the lives of individuals diagnosed with severe mental disorders. Initial work focused on the prevalence of physical and sexual abuse among women receiving services at the agency. Later, we turned to exploring the helpfulness of specific trauma services for women, men and adolescent girls.  Click titles below for more information on the following projects:
W-TRES: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) (2004-2008). This NIMH-funded project is a randomized controlled trial examining the effectiveness of the 29-session Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) groups in comparison to services as usual. It involves two study sites, Community Connections and the North Baltimore Center.
The District of Columbia Trauma Collaboration Study (1998-2004). This SAMHSA-funded project, part of the multi-site Women, Co-Occurring Disorders, and Violence Study, examined the effectiveness of a comprehensive, integrated, trauma-focused package of services for women trauma survivors.
Men's Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (M-TREM): Manual Development and Pilot Effectiveness Study of a Group Intervention (2005-2008). The first phase of this NIMH-funded project includes revising a preliminary treatment manual for the Men's Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (M-TREM) group intervention for male trauma survivors with PTSD and severe mental disorders. The second phase is a pilot study of the group’s effectiveness in a randomized trial focusing on primary outcome domains of PTSD and other mental health symptoms.
Project Hope: Youth Violence Prevention (2003-2006). This SAMHSA/CMHS project developed, implemented, and evaluated a set of activities (education and trauma-focused group interventions) designed to facilitate trauma recovery among adolescent girls using the Love and Life: G-TREM model in schools.
See Employment for current opportunities to join the staff of particular projects at Community Connections.
For more information about related training opportunities, please see our Training & Consultation page or contact Lori Beyer, MSW, Director of Trauma Training, at 202-608-4788 or at
See our Order Form to purchase specific trauma-related treatment manuals developed at Community Connections.