Apply to be a pilot site

Call for Pilot Sites: National Vicarious Trauma Toolkit


An Evidence-based Approach to Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma in Victim Assistance Providers, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and EMS

Please read the full details in the Call for Pilot Sites and then download the application template

In recent years, there has been growing awareness of the significant impact that interventions with victims of mass casualty incidents and crimes of violence have on first responders and direct service providers. Many agencies and organizations have come to know that vicarious trauma is harmful to their staff and, ultimately, to their ability to deliver quality services in a consistent and sustained manner over time. While many of you have already instituted ways to address such needs, the field has yet to identify evidence-based practices that can inform and support agencies in their efforts to effectively address these critical needs.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime awarded a two-year grant to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, for the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) Project. Managed by Northeastern’s Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP), the primary purpose of the VTT Project is to develop and pilot a state-of-the-art collection of resources and promising practices that will assist victim assistance providers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in learning about, and responding to, vicarious trauma.



For Frequently Asked Questions please click here.

Pilot Site Activities

  • Conduct organizational assessment of agency’s readiness to address vicarious trauma.
  • Identify gaps and challenges in current policies, procedures, practices, and programs .
  • Develop action plan to implement the VTT to address those gaps and build on existing efforts.
  • Evaluate the VTT and its usefulness in addressing vicarious trauma the agency.


Deadline: Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm October 30, 2014.

We are delighted to receive so many enthusiastic inquiries and overwhelming interest in serving as pilot sites for the National Vicarious Trauma Toolkit Project.  Given the number of communities interested in submitting applications and the requests for some additional time to complete the applications, we are EXTENDING THE DEADLINE FOR PILOT SITE APPLICATIONS TO OCTOBER 30th.   A number of questions we have received from the field are related to the amount of information needed regarding the partner agency in order to submit a completed application.  Given both the importance and practical realities of creating such partnerships (or even coordinating with existing partners), we want to support your efforts to apply even if presented with some obstacles to ascertaining all of the needed information from your partner agency.  If you have questions or concerns about completing the portion of the application regarding the partner agency, please contact us directly ASAP via email at and we will be more than happy to provide assistance and support.  
Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you.
National VTT Project Team

Please read the full details in the Call for Pilot Sites before completing the application template.

FINAL STEP:  Go to the Online Form to complete and submit your application.


We welcome your questions. Direct inquiries to:


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Mission Statement
Through its innovative, interactive, and interdisciplinary programs, the Experimental College strives to enrich the intellectual experience of undergraduates at Tufts. These programs serve as an incubator for new ideas about teaching, learning, and curriculum. They also aim to engage students actively in the design and delivery of new academic initiatives, often in collaboration with faculty.  Shared governance, collaborative learning, and involvement with the community are hallmarks of the ExCollege.

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