The Safe and Healthy Families Program mission promotes the health and well-being of children and families exposed to trauma and adverse childhood experiences. The program is a collaborative effort between the Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of Social Work.
Our staff includes health care professionals who are trained to assess and treat traumatized children and their families. The therapy staff of the SAHF Program is composed of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Therapists use evidence-based practices in parent-child interaction therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
We provide treatment for children dealing with the effects of traumatic experiences. Children referred to this clinic include those who experience symptoms of traumatic stress after witnessing or experiencing life-threatening accidents, disasters, child maltreatment, or violence. The program also supports the recovery of family members and improves their ability to support the child.
Arena assessments assist care providers in developing a unique client picture that will guide them in selecting the best therapy for the child. For children who have experienced multiple traumas and are experiencing learning or behavioral impairments, a complete assessment of the child is completed before they begin mental health treatment.
Why Arena Assessments are Helpful
Children exposed to trauma are at high-risk for lifelong impairments in learning, behavior, and both mental and physical health. Traumatized children for whom there are concerns regarding cognitive or physical functioning, development, and behavior may receive additional evaluation by a psychologist or through the multidisciplinary ‘arena’ assessment, which consists of a pediatrician, psychologist, speech and language pathologist and occupational therapist.
- Crisis intervention
- Family advocacy and safety planning
- School consultation
- Community partner education