Specialized Evidence-Based Treatment
Evidence-based treatments refer to interventions or techniques that have produced therapeutic change in controlled trials. MSPCC clinics have been early adopters of evidence treatments. The following are offered by clinicians with high levels of specialized training with experts in the field of child, adolescent and family mental health:
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (TF-CBT)
Clinicians with specialized training and experience provide this short-term, evidence-based treatment that helps children, adolescents and their caretakers. TF-CBT is offered to youth with emotional or behavioral difficulties following traumatic events such as sexual and/or physical abuse, witnessing domestic violence, experiencing community violence or bullying, fires, medical trauma, accidents, or other causes of loss or death of a loved one. TF-CBT is a highly focused, clinically effective, and cost-effective treatment for significant symptoms following trauma. It treats mood instability, self-injurious behavior, intrusive thoughts and flashbacks, often connected to serious behavioral difficulties and risk of hospitalization. It provides family psycho-education, coaching, skill-building, family therapy and support. This evidence-based treatment has been supported by research as highly efficacious in improving trauma-related symptoms within 16 to 24 weeks.
How MSPCC is helping children and families heal after traumatic experiences
Attachment, Regulation and Competence (ARC)
Available in Hyannis
ARC is a framework for intervention with youth and families who have experienced multiple and/or prolonged traumatic stress. ARC identifies three core domains that are frequently impacted among traumatized youth, and which are relevant to future resiliency. ARC is designed for youth from early childhood to adolescence and their caregivers or caregiving systems. ARC leads to reduction in child posttraumatic stress symptoms, anxiety, and depression, as well as increased adaptive and social skills. Caregivers who participate in ARC have decreased distress and are better equipped to manage their children’s behaviors. Interventions help caretakers develop or improve attunement, consistent responses and routines and rituals that support improved child functioning and development. Child, adolescent and caretaker participants learn skills to modulate feelings and reactions to allow improved functioning consistent with the youth’s age and stage of development.
Specially trained clinicians with experience in early childhood mental health and parent-child attachment, offer this evidence-based treatment where the caretaker-child relationship is the focus of the treatment. This intervention has been developed for infants, toddlers and pre-school children who experienced trauma and child-parent separations. The intervention is strongly based on attachment and developmental theories.
Child Sexual Abuse Treatment and Recovery Program
Available in Worcester, Holyoke
The program provides specialized sexual abuse treatment, support and case management to child and adolescent victims and their non-abusing family members as well case consultation to community agencies and providers about treatment options, recommendations and resources. Support groups and workshops are available for non-offending caregivers as well as child and adolescent victims. This program maintains close coordination with relevant systems (e.g., Department of Children and Families, Children Advocacy Centers, law enforcement, pediatricians) and other agencies that are involved when a child or adolescent experiences child sexual abuse. This program receives funding from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA). The program also aims to increase community awareness of MOVA programs, Victims Compensation and available services through community presentations.