Trauma Response

Our programs in local schools achieve a substantial reduction in symptoms of depression and PTSD in students exposed to trauma — while our digital trauma resources reach a broader community in need.

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The Child Mind Institute’s Stress & Resilience program provides free evidence-based mental health services for NYC public school students exposed to trauma and supports and builds the capacity of school personnel and parents to effectively identify symptoms of trauma and stress. Program evaluations show a substantial reduction in symptoms related to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in students after receiving treatment from our clinicians.

This year we are working in 18 NYC public schools in 12 City Council districts. The program has impacted hundreds of students as well as their teachers and administrators, parents and family members.

Highlights:

  • Facilitated 15 evidence-based mental health treatment groups throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, connecting trauma-exposed students to effective care
  • Provided individual Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to students in four of New York’s five boroughs
  • Delivered 10 resiliency-building workshops at PS 198M in Manhattan and Scholars Academy in Queens, reaching hundreds of students directly
  • Administered mental health focused staff workshops at PS 204 in the Bronx and PS 171 in Brooklyn for educators and school staff
  • Offered more than a half dozen parent workshops throughout the Bronx and Queens, reaching scores of parents and other caregivers

The Child Mind Institute also offers trauma response services and resources for schools to utilize in the aftermath of a traumatic event. For example, following the November terrorist attacks in Paris, our staff reached out to all 1,800+ New York City public schools with resources and links to our Recovery Guide: Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Hebrew, German, and Italian.

Our Stress & Resilience program has established strong relationships with schools across the city, and provided crucial early-intervention services for students exposed to a traumatic event before mental health symptoms have significantly disrupted their lives and school performance. For more information about the Child Mind Institute’s Stress & Resilience program, contact Rebecca Fleischman at (646) 625-4227 or email rebecca.fleischman@childmind.org.