Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley
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Trauma Focused Social Work Program

Trauma Focused Social Work Program

What it is: The Trauma Focused Social Work program expands on FSA's outpatient clinical counseling program. The program will use the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) practice model. TF-CBT is a structured, weekly conjoint child and parent psychosocial therapy for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with violence exposure and trauma. Treatment will be delivered by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker awarded a certificate of completion from the Medical University of South Carolina's TF-CBT web-based course. The program focuses on providing a safe, trusting environment where children and parents can build skills in coping, stress reduction, and managing overwhelming emotions of traumatic stress and/or grief. The core components of TF-CBT include psycho-education about childhood trauma and PTSD, parent guidance, relaxation skills for both parent and child; affect regulation, and enhancing personal safety through the provision of safety and social skills training. The development of cognitive coping skills like connecting thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to the trauma is also a key component to this model and critical to positive program outcomes.

TF-CBT is typically delivered in 12-18 sessions, weekly 60-90 minute sessions (30-45 minute with the child and 30-45 minutes with the parent(s). FSA & the TF-CBT model recognize the importance of parental support in the child's recovery process by including a treatment component for parents (or caregivers) who were not abusive. Children and parents first participate separately in therapy and then attend several joint child-parent sessions.

Program Criteria: The Program is open to Luzerne County youth aged 3-18, that have experienced trauma, PTSD, and/or depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems.

Program Cost: This program is funded by a grant from the PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency. This is a free service.

Referrals can be made to Amy Freeman, MSW, LCSW, D.A.A.E.T.S at 31 W. Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Phone: 570-823-5144. E-mail:

Program Therapist: Joanna Delio, MSW, LCSW