For questions about DCF eligibility criteria, please contact:
Marilyn E. Cloud, LCSW, ACSW
Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Child Trauma Clinic
Center for the Treatment of Childhood Traumatic Stress
The Child Trauma Clinic offers evidence-based trauma-focused psychotherapeutic services to children and teens who are involved in Court Support Services Division (CSSD) juvenile justice services. Child Trauma Clinic staff include psychologists and clinical psychology interns/externs. We also enjoy a close working relationship with the child psychiatrists at the University of Connecticut Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic.
Youth may be referred only by CSSD juvenile probation officers, DCF social workers, or a Juvenile Justice Review Board. These referrals are welcomed at: 860-523-3745. Intake Coordinator Ingrid Nelson will collect all necessary information in a brief telephone call.
- Treatment for traumatic stress needs will be provided if this is clinically indicated based on the Clinical Assessment, and most often will involve a time-limited (usually two to six months) program of individual, group, and family therapy specifically to assist the child (and her or his family) in recovering from and managing traumatic stress symptoms
- TARGET to enable children and families to understand and manage traumatic stress reactions and regulate emotions
- Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT) to help children resolve trauma memories and cope with grief
Each child's/family's treatment will be individualized to minimize the risk of adverse reactions while maximizing the likelihood that the child and the family will feel able to cope with and manage or overcome traumatic stress reactions and trauma memories.
For more information about the clinic’s services and approach to treatment, please contact the director or assistant director.