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 THE TRAUMA PROGRAM
- 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
CHILD PTSD SYMPTOM SCALE SCORES
The Child PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS) is a tool used by mental health facilities across the nation to assess PTSD symptoms in children and adolescents. At admission, patients are screened using several questions that help access the level of trauma a child or teen has experienced. That experience is quantified in a score of 0 to 51, with a score of 15 or higher equating to more severe trauma and PTSD symptoms. At discharge, we assess patients using the same scoring method to look for changes in symptoms following treatment.
At admission, our patients are scoring an average of 22.4 on the CPSS assessment, indicating PTSD symptoms. At discharge, patients are scoring an average of 8.4 on CPSS assessment, indicating no active PTSD symptoms. This speaks to our dedication to helping children and adolescents work through their issues in meaning, measurable ways.