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Center for Child Trauma and Resilience

Guidance counselors citywide begin training program with the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Learn more.

Who We Are
The Center for Child Trauma and Resilience advances the science and treatment of child traumatic stress and psychological resilience. Our mission is to improve the lives of all children, youth and families who have experienced traumatic stress and, even for those who have not suffered, to improve resilience so that children and families can face and grow from future stress with courage, skill and hope.

Our primary source of funding comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. Through this funding, we became part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, which brings together the nation’s leading experts in child traumatic stress to work together to advance the care for children and families suffering from child trauma. Through our current project funding, which began in 2012, we advance trauma-informed care throughout New York City and focus on improving the juvenile justice system and child welfare.

What We Do
We serve as a local expert resource on child traumatic stress for our community and deliver treatments, trainings, and community events to clients, community agencies, and service systems in New York City.

We have been trained in many of the latest evidence-based treatments for traumatic stress, including Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competence (ARC), TARGET, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

We currently provide group therapy for justice-involved youth involved with some of our juvenile justice partner agencies in Brooklyn (Center for Community Alternatives, Adolescent Diversion Unit at Red Hook Community Justice Center, and Brooklyn Drug Courts STEP/MBTC Programs).

Some of our staff also provide individual treatment through our faculty practices, though we do not take insurance in our faculty practices. Please call Dr. Ham directly for referrals to our faculty practice (212) 420-4114.

If you are interested in treatment, but need to use your in-network insurance benefits, we have also trained many of the clinicians in the outpatient clinics at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. For an intake at Mount Sinai Beth Israel please call (212) 420-4135 and for Mount Sinai St. Luke’s please call (212) 523-3082.

We also offer free therapy for military families as part of Give an Hour. Please call Dr. Ham directly if you are a military family (212) 420-4114.

Training and Consultation
We provide professional trainings and presentations on trauma-informed care throughout NYC. Our unique trainings focus on teaching the basics of trauma-informed care in consumer friendly, inspirational and engaging ways. Examples of partner agencies include family preventive programs, adolescent community residences, alternative to incarceration programs, non-secure placements, and adolescent diversion parts of family court, runaway and homeless programs, and many more.

Community Advocacy and Engagement
We advocate on a local and national level to make sure that the needs of traumatized children and families are considered and addressed. We provide and participate in various community events and build collaborative relationships with community organizations so we are all working together to empower families and meet their unique needs. We also sit on various city-level advisory boards to help NYC advance trauma-informed practices.

Imagining a New Framework for Sexual Health: Redefining Sexuality Post-Trauma
To mark the 10 years since New York City has had a rape kit backlog, local news station NYCity News Service covered our program's training on sexual trauma treatment in November of 2013.  The workshop, titled "Imagining a New Framework for Sexual Health: Redefining Sexuality Post-Trauma" addressed how to incorporate a holistic sense of healthy sexuality into the treatment of traumatic stress, particularly when that trauma is sexually-based.  The workshop also promoted the integration of sexual health conversations into any medical or mental health interactions. Watch Video

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