Child Trauma Assessment and Treatment Center

Serving children ages 2-18

A growing body of research shows a strong connection between childhood trauma and a variety of poor mental and physical health outcomes later in life, including mental illness, obesity, heart disease, depression, violence, diabetes, and substance abuse. Research also suggests a link between trauma and poorer socio-economic conditions and lower educational attainment. Our Trauma Assessment and Treatment Center is a response to this research.

CFS’ Trauma Assessment and Treatment Center assesses children as young as two and as old as 18 and can provide treatment to people of all ages.

The Center uses a trans-disciplinary team to equip caregivers and anyone who works with a child dealing with trauma with intervention tools needed to help the child increase resilience, improve functioning, and reach their full potential. Trauma-informed practices educate and include all stakeholders engaged with a child and his/her family. These interventions go beyond treating the symptoms of trauma and are directed at the relationship between trauma and its consequences.

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Trauma and it's Effects

Trauma occurs when dangerous or traumatic events overwhelm a person’s ability to cope. Some examples include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse and neglect, witnessing or experiencing violence, serious accidents, illness, and loss of a loved one. Traumatic experiences have been linked to poor physical and mental health outcomes and a reduced quality of life. Our therapists use a trauma-informed approach, when appropriate, to help individuals and families overcome the negative effects of trauma.

The facts on trauma:

  • Over 25% of American youth will experience a serious traumatic event before their 16th birthday.

  • Around 15% of those who had experienced a serious trauma developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Children in foster care are twice as likely to suffer from PTSD than US war veterans

  • Michigan ranks as one of the lowest states (41 out of 50) in incidence of abuse and neglect

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