Trauma & Its 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

Source: National Child Traumatic Stress Network,

person-842429_960_720A Trauma-Informed Approach

Trauma-informed services have proven successful in reducing problem behaviors, allowing kids to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. Our licensed therapists provide trauma-informed treatment to people of all ages struggling with a variety of issues. We offer individual counseling, couple’s counseling, group counseling, family counseling, psycho education, and play based therapy. CFS strives to use the most innovative, effective, and comprehensive therapeutic counseling techniques, ensuring that our clients get the best service possible.

To learn more about Behavioral Health and Counseling at CFS, or to make an appointment with a therapist, please contact us at (231) 946-8975 or

After hours, contact Third Level for immediate assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 442-7315.

Trauma Assessment & Treatment Center

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.

To learn more about trauma-informed services at CFS, or to schedule an appointment, call (231) 946-8975 or send an email to

Michael-C05758[1]The ACE Study

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as witnessing or experiencing abuse or neglect, addiction, or divorce, have proven to keep a child’s brain from developing properly and increase the likelihood of chronic disease, mental illness, substance abuse, and violence. The ACE study found that having more than four ACEs increases the chance of suicide by 1,200 percent. “People with high ACE scores are more likely to be violent, to have more marriages, more broken bones, more drug prescriptions, more depression, and more autoimmune diseases. People with an ACE score of 6 or higher are at risk of their lifespan being shortened by 20 years.” (

We’ve learned that children are not trying to “push our buttons” or be “bad” with their behaviors – they are reacting to triggers they associate with trauma. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), “one in four children and adolescents in the United States will experience at least one potentially traumatic event before the age of 16, and more than 13% of 17-year-olds – one in eight – have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives” ( adolescence-and-substance-abuse).
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Special thank you to these great organizations for their support of our behavioral health department:

Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation 

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
(Healthy Youth, Healthy Seniors Endowment, Osteopathic Endowment, and Campbell Endowment)

The Art & Mary Schmuckal Foundation