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Yale Center for Traumatic Stress and Recovery (YCTSR)

The multi-disciplinary team of the Yale Center for Traumatic Stress and Recovery (YCTSR) provides trauma-informed treatments and services to children and families, builds professional knowledge through clinical research, and advances the field of child trauma treatment through collaboration, training, and dissemination. For more than two decades, we have translated direct clinical experience and advances in scientific and practical knowledge into groundbreaking interventions for traumatized children and families.


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Yale Center for Trauma Stress and Recovery (YCTSR)

The YCTSR offers a wide variety of training opportunities for professionals of many disciplines, with the common goals of increasing awareness of the impact of exposure to violence and other potentially traumatic events and enhancing professionals’ capacity to identify and respond to the psychological needs of traumatized children.

  • The YCTSR provides advanced clinical training for mental health professionals completing their educations, including child psychologists, clinical social workers, and child and adolescent psychiatrists. Fellows in the YCTSR will gain in-depth experience in trauma-focused assessment, treatment and multidisciplinary collaborative approaches to intervention with children and families affected by violence and other potentially traumatic events. 

  • The YCTSR trains masters-level therapists in agencies that serve children in the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), an evidence-based intervention for children and adolescents in the immediate aftermath (30-45 days) of a potentially traumatic event or disclosure of physical or sexual abuse. 

  • The YCTSR offers consultation, training and technical assistance to communities interested in developing law enforcement-mental health partnerships to respond to children exposed to violence.

  • As part of the CD-CP Program, New Haven police officers of all ranks receive training on principles of:

    • Child development
    • Human functioning
    • Responses to trauma