CVTC Trauma Clinic

The Childhood Violent Trauma Center operates a Trauma Clinic offering a range of treatments and interventions for children and adolescents who are struggling with traumatic reactions and disorders following violent or overwhelming events including:

CVTC clinicians work in collaboration with the New Haven Department of Police Services, the Yale New Haven Hospital and other agencies providing first responses to children and families exposed to violence or overwhelming events in their communities, neighborhoods or homes. With a call service that operates 24/7/365, CVTC clinicians are available to respond to the scene or follow-up with families within hours. Primary goals of the acute response are psychological stabilization and engagement into services after a potentially traumatic event (PTE) in an effort to prevent negative long term psychological reactions.

A distinctive aspect of the CVTC clinic program is the focus on providing intervention early after a potentially traumatic event (PTE) in an effort to prevent negative long term psychological reactions.

All CVTC clinicians are trained to provide the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), the early, brief intervention developed at the Childhood Violent Trauma Center. An early, brief treatment for children ages 7-18, implemented with the child and caregiver, CFTSI was designed to decrease post-traumatic stress reactions and onset of PTSD by strengthening communication and family support. CFTSI is implemented with children who have experienced a recent traumatic event within the past 30 days or have disclosed physical or sexual abuse within the past 30 days.
The CVTC Trauma Clinic provides treatment for children with posttraumatic stress reactions following traumatic events, and for children with other disorders and functional difficulties that result from trauma exposure. Steeped in developmental perspectives, CVTC clinicians are fluent in psychodynamic perspectives and therapeutic approaches as well as other evidence-based trauma treatments. Determinations about modes of treatment are made on a case-by-case basis and in dialogue with a multidisciplinary professional team that includes senior clinicians. Longer- term trauma treatments provided through the CVTC Trauma Clinic include, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and family therapy. Regardless of the nature and type of treatment provided, caregivers are central partners in supporting children's recovery.
Making determinations about the emphasis on post-traumatic distress versus unfolding character pathology is critical to engaging children and families in appropriate treatment. Using a multi-disciplinary team approach, the CVTC Trauma Clinic provides evaluations that include psychological testing and psychiatric evaluation.