The Trauma Program at Hartgrove serves the health and well-being of children, adolescents and adults by addressing the impact of traumatic stress. Patients in the program receive comprehensive screening and assessment services, trauma-sensitive group services and, when appropriate, trauma-focused individual therapy services. The success of Hartgrove’s Trauma Program caught the eye of The Joint Commission and was awarded their Disease-specific Certification designation for Trauma-informed Care. It’s the first in the nation and currently the only hospital to so.

Skill-based services increase participant knowledge about their trauma symptoms and how these symptoms impact their emotional, mental and physical well-being. The program provides patients with support and coping tools to prepare them 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.

Hartgrove’s 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

The role of family or a caregiver is incredibly important to the individual and group treatment of each patient. We welcome and encourage the participation of the patient’s guardian, so we maintain an open dialogue and equip them with tools to support and understand their loved ones. Trauma resources and educational materials are also provided for this purpose.

The program prepares our patients 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. Thorough discharge summaries are completed by our integrative staff which effectively communicates continuity of care for each patient’s trauma recovery.