Children are deeply affected by traumatic events, whether they occur in the home, in the school or community, or as a result of acts of terrorism or war. Trauma experienced in childhood and adolescence can have a devastating impact not only in the immediate aftermath of an event, but also in the long term, affecting a child’s cognitive development, physical and emotional well-being, and behavior.
CII created the Child Trauma Treatment Center to address the consequences and complexities of child trauma and set children on the path to wellness. This model mental health treatment program provides a full range of services for children exposed to or affected by physical, psychological, or sexual abuse, neglect and violence in the home or community.
CII therapists who work with children and their families through the CII Trauma Treatment Center have heard many stories of pain: A young teen recounts the death of her brother from a neighborhood shooting. A nine-year-old discloses sexual abuse by his uncle. A six-year-old describes a picture she has drawn of herself, watching from a doorway as her mother is being beaten.
CII staff help traumatized children through a variety of innovative and proven practices that include in-home counseling, specialized treatment for sexual abuse, and emergency response and follow-up for victims of family, school and community violence. These services have been greatly enhanced by CII’s affiliation with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), composed of organizations funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CII is one of the NCTSN’s twelve original community practice centers. As an NCTSN partner, CII contributes to and benefits from a national resource that contains the latest data, research and training tools.
“The Network is an incredible resource,” says Dr. Leslie Anne Ross, CII’s Child Trauma Treatment Center senior director. “We work at a local and national level to develop and implement evidence-based practices, trauma assessments and support services to children and families most in need. The treatment information we gather from our families, and the lessons we learn at the Los Angeles Center, are shared throughout the Network to everyone’s benefit. The results are better programs, more state-of-the-art research and stronger, more effective staff in the field of childhood trauma.”