Clinical and Wellness Center

Trauma Related Program for Children/Adolescents

Manhattan/Westchester NY

At CBC’s Clinical and Wellness Centers we are committed to providing compassionate evidence – based treatment programs to address a wide range of emotional, behavioral, lifestyle management and personal development issues.

Our therapists practice leading edge treatments based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), with our primary goal to create positive and enduring change for all of our clients.

Within our Trauma Treatment Program at CBC, we also treat children who have been affected by trauma overcome trauma-related difficulties through a treatment called Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Examples of traumas that children can be affected by include sexual abuse, domestic violence, the death of a loved one, contracting a life-threatening illness, witnessing school or other types of violence, enduring a major accident, and more.

Following exposure to trauma, children can sometimes exhibit changes in mood, thinking, and behavior. Examples of such changes can include:

* Unhelpful beliefs and emotions related to the trauma, including a sense of guilt for their role in the event, anger at parents for not knowing about it, or fear that others will treat them differently if they know about the trauma

* Acting out behaviors, which may include engaging in age inappropriate sexual behaviors or other risk taking behaviors

* Intrusive and unwanted thoughts about the trauma or nightmares

* Avoidance of reminders of trauma, including certain people, places, things, sounds, or smells

* Hyperarousal, characterized by being easily startled or quick to displays of emotion such as crying that seems out of proportion to the situation or stimuli.

TF-CBT is a highly effective treatment rooted in cognitive and behavioral principles and techniques and also includes parents or caregivers in the therapy process if indicated. Through TF-CBT, children learn ways to challenge distorted beliefs they may have developed as a result of the trauma and are encouraged to talk about their traumatic experiences in a supportive environment. Parents learn ways to cope effectively with their own emotional distress and learn the best ways to support their child. The course of TF-CBT generally is about 12 to 18 sessions of 45-90 minute sessions. Sessions are either individual sessions with the child or the caregiver or joint sessions with the child and parent together.

Treatment with TF-CBT has been shown to:

* Reduce intrusive and unwanted thoughts or nightmares about the trauma

* Teach children how to cope with trauma reminders in effective ways

* Reduce emotions such as sadness, guilt, shame, and anxiety

* Teach children personal safety skills

* Reduce behavior problems

* Increase social competence and trust

If you have any questions about the services we provide in the Trauma Program, please contact the Coordinator of Trauma Focused Programs, Dr. Lauren Bonavitacola at (914) 385-1150, extension 4717.

Please contact our Director of Intake Services at 212-595-9559 (ext.5) or 914-385-1150 (ext.1), or fill out the form above, with any questions regarding eligibility, for further information, or to make a referral.  If you are a current patient at CBC, please speak to your individual therapist to see how this group may be of added benefit to you.

More Information

To learn more about how to help someone who has suffered a traumatic experience, please visit http://www.academyofct.org/page/Trauma

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – An organization with the National Institute of health dedicated to mental health research: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies- An organizations that is dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences: http://www.istss.org/home.aspx

National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) – A center established by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to improve the well-being of U.S. veterans through PTSD research and education: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/

For more information and resources on childhood trauma, we recommend the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN):
http://www.nctsn.org/

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Clinical and Wellness Center

Trauma Related Program for Children/Adolescents

Manhattan/Westchester NY

At CBC’s Clinical and Wellness Centers we are committed to providing compassionate evidence – based treatment programs to address a wide range of emotional, behavioral, lifestyle management and personal development issues.

Our therapists practice leading edge treatments based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), with our primary goal to create positive and enduring change for all of our clients.

Within our Trauma Treatment Program at CBC, we also treat children who have been affected by trauma overcome trauma-related difficulties through a treatment called Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Examples of traumas that children can be affected by include sexual abuse, domestic violence, the death of a loved one, contracting a life-threatening illness, witnessing school or other types of violence, enduring a major accident, and more.

Following exposure to trauma, children can sometimes exhibit changes in mood, thinking, and behavior. Examples of such changes can include:

* Unhelpful beliefs and emotions related to the trauma, including a sense of guilt for their role in the event, anger at parents for not knowing about it, or fear that others will treat them differently if they know about the trauma

* Acting out behaviors, which may include engaging in age inappropriate sexual behaviors or other risk taking behaviors

* Intrusive and unwanted thoughts about the trauma or nightmares

* Avoidance of reminders of trauma, including certain people, places, things, sounds, or smells

* Hyperarousal, characterized by being easily startled or quick to displays of emotion such as crying that seems out of proportion to the situation or stimuli.

TF-CBT is a highly effective treatment rooted in cognitive and behavioral principles and techniques and also includes parents or caregivers in the therapy process if indicated. Through TF-CBT, children learn ways to challenge distorted beliefs they may have developed as a result of the trauma and are encouraged to talk about their traumatic experiences in a supportive environment. Parents learn ways to cope effectively with their own emotional distress and learn the best ways to support their child. The course of TF-CBT generally is about 12 to 18 sessions of 45-90 minute sessions. Sessions are either individual sessions with the child or the caregiver or joint sessions with the child and parent together.

Treatment with TF-CBT has been shown to:

* Reduce intrusive and unwanted thoughts or nightmares about the trauma

* Teach children how to cope with trauma reminders in effective ways

* Reduce emotions such as sadness, guilt, shame, and anxiety

* Teach children personal safety skills

* Reduce behavior problems

* Increase social competence and trust

If you have any questions about the services we provide in the Trauma Program, please contact the Coordinator of Trauma Focused Programs, Dr. Lauren Bonavitacola at (914) 385-1150, extension 4717.

Please contact our Director of Intake Services at 212-595-9559 (ext.5) or 914-385-1150 (ext.1), or fill out the form above, with any questions regarding eligibility, for further information, or to make a referral.  If you are a current patient at CBC, please speak to your individual therapist to see how this group may be of added benefit to you.

More Information

To learn more about how to help someone who has suffered a traumatic experience, please visit http://www.academyofct.org/page/Trauma

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – An organization with the National Institute of health dedicated to mental health research: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies- An organizations that is dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences: http://www.istss.org/home.aspx

National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) – A center established by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to improve the well-being of U.S. veterans through PTSD research and education: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/

For more information and resources on childhood trauma, we recommend the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN):
http://www.nctsn.org/

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