Bronx Child Trauma Support provides services to young people who have been exposed to violent crime.
Exposure to a violent crime can have a devastating impact on the physical, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional functioning of a young person. Bronx Child Trauma Support provides trauma-focused evidence-based therapies including: Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress.
The program provides emotional support to a young person through the investigative, pretrial, trial, and post-trial phases of a criminal case. Each phase of the legal process can lead to mental distress for the young crime victim; this is particularly true if he or she is called upon to testify, or if a legal decision is perceived by the youth as unjust. Our therapists assist young crime victims to cope with the difficult legal consequences of victimization.
The program provides on-site crisis intervention, including risk assessment and safety planning, immediately following a violent crime experience or disclosure of abuse.
The program links participants to specialized treatment agencies in their communities for issues such as substance use, lesbian and gay identity, teen pregnancy, and psychiatric disorders.