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Child & Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)

For children ages 7-18 who have recently experienced or disclosed a trauma

What is Child & Family Traumatic Stress Intervention?

Child & Family Traumatic Stress Intervention is a brief evidenced-based treatment for children and their caregivers designed to be delivered immediately following a potentially traumatic event or disclosure of past physical or sexual abuse. CFTSI can help children who have been exposed to many different types of potentially traumatic events including sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, community violence, or accidents.

CFTSI increases family support for children exposed to a potentially traumatic event and helps improve communication about the child’s reactions to the event. It also teaches family members skills to manage the child’s reactions. CFTSI has been shown to decrease post-traumatic stress reactions and protect against the onset of Port Traumatic Stress Disorder in children.

What Should You Expect?

Average treatment is between 4-8 sessions. There are individual sessions with the child and caregiver and session with the child and caregiver together.

When delivered within 45 days of a traumatic event or a disclosure of a past traumatic event, CFTSI can:

  • Reduce negative reactions or symptoms related to the traumatic event.
  • Strengthen communication between caregiver and child.
  • Help families learn and practice skills to help reduce trauma reactions.
  • Help families address practical needs such as safety, legal issues, or medical care.
  • Assess whether the child needs longer-term treatment.

If a child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, call our access call center at 844-292-0111 to learn more and set up an appointment at one of our locations.

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