Trauma Program

The TRAUMA Program at Hartgrove Behavioral Health System has received the distinct honor by The Joint Commission as the first in the nation and currently only hospital to receive Disease Specific Certification Designation for Trauma-Informed Care. The TRAUMA Program addresses the impact of traumatic stress on the health and well-being of children, adolescents, and adults. Patients in the program receive comprehensive screening and assessment services, trauma-sensitive group services, and when clinically appropriate trauma-focused individual therapy services.

These skill-based services increase participant knowledge about their trauma symptoms, how these symptoms impact their emotional, mental and physical well-being, provide patients with support and coping tools, and prepare patients to engage in continued outpatient trauma treatment. The primary goal of the program is to decrease trauma-related distress, which will ultimately improve the everyday quality of life of our patients.

The TRAUMA Program is rooted in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment of traumatic stress. Based on four major tenets of the TF-CBT model, our treatment targets the anxiety, emotional dysregulation, distorted thoughts and shattered self-image that so often accompanies trauma. Our TRAUMA groups specifically address:

  • Anxiety Management
  • Affect Recognition and Regulation
  • Cognitive Coping
  • Self-Esteem

In addition to individual and group treatment, we encourage the participation of caregivers in all aspects of treatment. We maintain an open dialogue with the patient’s guardian so to equip them with tools to support and understand their loved ones. Trauma resources and educational materials are also provided.

Patients will be prepared to continue their treatment journey and successfully reduce the impact of trauma. Our services ease this transition by identifying trauma triggers, providing individualized treatment recommendations, and pinpointing effective coping strategies. Multidisciplinary staff also completes thorough discharge summaries, which are forwarded to aftercare providers to ensure continuity of care, effective communication, and the continuation of the patient’s trauma recovery.