There are many different modalities utilized to treat trauma, and none are exclusively best.
The latest research shows that Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most effective method so that is our primary model. This facilitates working with the children on both affect and behavioral regulation, as well as developing a narrative account of their trauma when possible. Our therapists, however, use an eclectic mix of psycho-education, cognitive behavioral therapy, self- esteem enhancement, play therapy, and intermodal expressive arts, all with a focus on trauma. We also work with the Non-offending caregiver (NOC) on the importance of establishing an environment of safety to help re-establish the child’s sense of equilibrium.
We have utilized a Parent Advocate who meets with the NOC both individually, and in a group while the clients are attending sessions. Sometimes a Parent Advocate meets with the NOC and the client and/or therapist in an effort to best coordinate services.
Our program is primarily a group treatment program. After an individual and family assessment, most of our clients are moved into groups of similar ages and experiences. By seeing other children that have experienced similar trauma, they no longer feel alone with their problems and begin to have hope for the future. Should a crisis arise we have the ability to see the client short term individually or with their family to resolve issues. Our youngest age group is a pre-school/kindergarten group which includes both boys and girls together with a focus on personal safety, identifying and expressing feelings and an educational component. Our therapists are sensitive to cultural issues and we have recently hired a Spanish-speaking therapist to increase engaging our Hispanic families.
Examples of how approaches and techniques are implemented include:
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