Transforming Trauma
The Transforming Trauma Program assists children and their caregivers to develop more adaptive coping skills to manage traumatic stress symptoms and distress.
Caregivers and their children will receive education about different types of trauma, develop relaxation and coping skills and discuss and process thoughts and feelings that many times get in the way of healing.
Lastly, personal safety skills will be taught and practiced. Family and Children’s Services looks forward to supporting a family’s healing and growth. FACS staff are trained to use evidence-based treatment.
How can the agency help?
The Transforming Trauma Program provides trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TFCBT) to youth and their caregiver (s). Short termevidenced based interventions will be used to promote and support your child’s healing and growth.
How do I qualify for services?
The Transforming Trauma Program provides therapy to children between the ages of 6 and 17 years who reside in Union County and who have experienced a very scary or confusing event. Although there are a wide range of reactions, some symptoms that are common are to feel confused, scared, angry, depressed and/or helpless. Military families and their children who reside in Union County or surrounding areas also qualify.
Do I need a referral?
No referral is needed; just call our main office and request to speak with our intake worker.
How much does it cost?
The program is at no cost to you and your family. We’re here to help you; Call us at 908-352-7474
Chris was referred to participate in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address issues related to witnessing domestic violence and exposure to inappropriate sexual activity. He was removed from his birth mother at 5 years old and at 8 years old was living with his uncle/legal guardian. Chris was reported to have nightmares, trouble concentrating and difficulty relating to peers. Through the course of 13 weeks of treatment, Chris’s uncle, John, learned and implemented parenting strategies that were effective in minimizing disruptive behaviors. The dad also learned relaxation techniques as well as cognitive coping strategies to deal with intrusive thoughts. Chris was able to process the trauma and share his story with his uncle. At termination, Chris and his uncle reported a positive experience and an overall improvement in Chris’s functioning. Chris was no longer experiencing nightmares, had improved his concentration and presented with a hopeful outlook for the future.

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 Family and Children’s Services, Inc.
Strengthening Families, Building Futures Since 1893
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Elizabeth, NJ 07208
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