Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention Forum 2012

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Safe Horizon and Yale Host Groundbreaking Child Abuse Forum

On April 3, Safe Horizon along with Yale, unveiled the results of the successful Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) that has been pioneered at Safe Horizon’s four nationally accredited Child Advocacy Centers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan. CFTSI is a four-to-six session, family strengthening, evidence-based early intervention for children seven to 18 years old who have either recently experienced or recently disclosed a traumatic event. The intervention was developed by clinicians at the Yale Childhood Violent Trauma Center, a program of the Yale Child Study Center.

After completing CFTSI, children report feeling significantly better with over half of their trauma symptoms decreasing. The forum brought together national experts, local government partners and Safe Horizon leadership to discuss the important strides taking place in the field of child abuse awareness and treatment, and the critical role that this successful partnership can play in helping children nationwide to heal from the trauma of abuse.

The forum, titled "Hope and Healing for Child Abuse Victims: The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention," featured a dynamic panel of national experts who discussed the significance of the CFTSI model and ways to advance treatment for victims of child abuse nationwide. The panel consisted of Dr. Steven R. Marans, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Childhood Violent Trauma Center, Yale University School of Medicine; Carrie Epstein, Director of Training, Childhood Violent Trauma Center, Yale University School of Medicine and Clinical Consultant, Safe Horizon; Joshua Hanson, Clinical Forensic Specialist, Jane Barker Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center; Dr. Frank Putnam, Director, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Trauma Treatment Replication Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Nancy Arnow, Senior Vice President of Child, Adolescent, Mental Health & Anti-Trafficking Programs, Safe Horizon. Among others who spoke were Safe Horizon CEO Ariel Zwang, Safe Horizon Board Member Linda Fairstein, National Children’s Alliance Executive Director Teresa Huizar and Safe Horizon Board of Directors Chair Steve Parrish.

Safe Horizon is thankful for the hard work of our staff at the Child Advocacy Centers, our wonderful partners from Yale, and our supportive donors and colleagues who made this event such a success.

Safe Horizon CEO Ariel Zwang at CFTSI

Safe Horizon CEO Ariel Zwang Introduces Crowd at Hope and Healing for Child Abuse Victims: The Child Family Traumatic Stress Intervention on April 3

Safe Horizon SVP Nancy Arnow at CFTSI

Safe Horizon SVP Nancy Arnow Discusses the Child Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)

Yale Childhood Violent Trauma Center Expert Carrie Epstein at CFTSI

Yale Childhood Violent Trauma Center Expert Carrie Epstein Talks About Collaborate Partnerships and Implementing CFTSI at Safe Horizon's Child Advocacy Centers

Safe Horizon Clinical Forensic Specialist Joshua Hanson at CFTSI

Safe Horizon Clinical Forensic Specialist Joshua Hanson of the Jane Barker Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center Discussed His Extensive Work With Children Who Have Experienced Abuse

To find out more read our white paper on the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention treatment here.

Read the press release on the forum and treatment here.

Read the New York Times article about the forum and treatment here.

Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.

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