[22016 -2021, 2012 - 2016 and 2009 - 2012]
Children exposed to trauma have extremely high rates of mental health, medical, and academic difficulties. Traumatized children’s extensive needs place a significant burden on families and society, including social welfare, educational, mental health, medical, and legal systems. Accessibility of evidence-based, trauma-informed treatments is essential for children’s recovery. Project STRONGER (Supporting Trauma Recovery Opportunities & Nurturing Growing Emotional Resilience) is designed to enhance availability of evidence-based trauma treatments for children and families exposed to trauma and to promote policies that support trauma-informed care. We offer trauma treatment services to children in the child welfare system and military families, in addition to general community referrals. We serve children within Monroe County, NY. Project STRONGER provides Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Alternatives for Families-A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents, and Group Attachment-Based Intervention to children and their caregivers, depending on their needs. STRONGER staff trains diverse audiences about the effects of trauma on children and families, and disseminates best practices for implementing evidence-based interventions locally and nationally. We also facilitate screening and trauma-informed service delivery for child-serving systems. STRONGER builds on existing collaborative efforts of a multidisciplinary team of community stakeholders, including Community and Youth Advisory Boards working to improve the lives of children and families exposed to trauma. The results of the project will be disseminated to child-serving systems locally and nationally.