WHAT IS CFTSI?
Traumatic experiences have the power to impact the thoughts, emotions, and behavior of children and adults. The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) is an early-intervention, short-term therapy that aims to reduce the traumatic stress symptoms causing a family the most distress and disruption to daily life. Over the course of 6-8 therapy sessions, the child and family therapist helps the child and caregiver learn to increase communication and understanding of the thoughts and feelings associated with traumatic events. The therapist also works with the child and family to develop healthy strategies to manage those thoughts and feelings.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE NORMAL REACTIONS OF CHILDREN/TEENS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED A TRAUMATIC EVENT?
·Increased sleep difficulties
·Less active and more withdrawn
·Increased sensitivity, aggression, or anxiety
·Less interested in usual activities
·Changes in eating habits
·Increased fear of certain activities or places
·Increased memories of the event
·More clingy and demanding of his/her caregivers
·New aches and pains, like headaches or stomach aches
WHO IS CONSIDERED FOR THE CFTSI PROGRAM?
Children between the ages of 7-17 and their non-offending caregivers who have obtained forensic interview services at the Child Protection Center are considered for the program.
WHAT IS DISSCUSED? WILL MY CHILD HAVE TO KEEP TALKING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED?
No. The sessions will not focus on the details of the experience. Instead, the sessions will focus on feelings and behaviors that are currently happening and causing the family distress. The therapist will also support the child and family to develop healthy coping strategies to manage those feelings.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CFTSI PROCESS?
·Typically between 6 to 8 sessions
·Each session is one hour long
·One session with the caregiver and the therapist only
·One or two sessions with the child and the therapist only
·All other sessions are with both the child, their caregiver, and the therapist
·After the CFTSI Program is complete, families can be referred for long-term therapy if needed
WHEN IS THE CFTSI PROGRAM OFFERED?
The CFTSI Program is offered Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Evening appointments are also available.
*The Child Protection Center provides the CFTSI program free of charge.