Childhood Trauma Program

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The Yale Child Study Center's Childhood Violent Trauma Clinic (CVTC) offers a range of treatments and interventions for children and adolescents who are struggling with traumatic reactions and disorders. A unique aspect of the clinic program is the focus on providing evaluation and intervention early after a potentially traumatic event (PTE) in an effort to prevent negative long term psychological reactions. We are currently evaluating the effectiveness of such an intervention developed at the Child Study Center, the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). The CFTSI is 4 session Parent-Child model that is designed to enhance communication about the impact of the PTE, parental support of the affected child and to form the basis of a comprehensive evaluation and treatment recommendations for children impacted by traumatic and catastrophic events.The Childhood Violent Trauma Clinic also provides treatment for children with posttraumatic stress disorder following circumscribed traumatic events, and for children with other disorders and functional difficulties that result from chronic traumatization. Treatments provided through the Clinic include Trauma-Focused CBT, Parent-Child Psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and family therapies. Regardless of the nature and type of treatment provided, clinicians always work with caregivers as partners in the work with their children. The CVTC is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a federally funded network of research and treatment centers that focus on developing, testing and disseminating state-of the-art interventions for children and families affected by psychological trauma

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