Safe Horizon and Yale Child Study Center Host Child Abuse Treatment Forum

Posted on: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Keywords: child abuse, Safe Horizon, Yale University, Yale Childhood Violent Trauma Center, child abuse treatment, helping child abuse victims, child family traumatic stress intervention

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On April 3 Safe Horizon and the Yale Childhood Violent Trauma Center hosted their "Hope and Healing for Child Abuse Victims: The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention" forum, showcasing the results of a four-year pilot program to treat children who have experienced severe sexual or physical abuse.

The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (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. 

CFTSI has been implemented in all four of Safe Horizon’s nationally accredited Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) since 2008. To date, nearly 500 children have participated in the program.  After completing CFTSI, children report feeling significantly better with over half of their trauma symptoms decreasing. They also show reduced early post-traumatic stress symptoms and a decrease in the likelihood of developing long-term post-traumatic psychiatric disorders.

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.



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