Trauma-Competent System of Care
The treatment approach at Compass Intervention Center promotes a trauma-competent system of care, which focuses on responding to behavioral and emotional reactions to the impact of trauma.
Staff members receive ongoing training centered around responding with trauma-competent interventions to further improve therapeutic skills.
TRAUMA-FOCUSED COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Compass Intervention Center utilizes an evidenced-based treatment approach for children who have experienced trauma. All therapists are trained to offer trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy services (TF-CBT). It is a treatment-specific intervention utilized to address significant abuse, neglect, loss or exposure to violence. Effects of trauma can impact a child’s ability to effectively heal and create a profound, long-term impact.
Trauma groups provide a secure environment for patients to process the thoughts, emotions and loss that trauma causes. TF-CBT takes a comprehensive approach to identifying the triggering events associated with a traumatic event and teaches patients the skills to cope in a manner that is not disruptive to their lives or those that come into contact with them on a daily basis.
TF-CBT is usually completed in 12 to 18 sessions. It involves individual therapy with the patient and family input during family therapy sessions in a supportive environment.
KEY FEATURES OF TRAUMA-COMPETENT CARE
- Screen all patients for symptoms of trauma exposure
- Utilize trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy to target skill-building and gradual exposure
- Engage caregivers as active change agents for the patient through conjoint sessions focused on psychoeducation and reinforced skill-building
- Focus on building and supporting protective factors that improve resiliency
- Establish a continuity of care with external support systems and providers