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Trauma Recovery Program

trauma_recoveryEstablished in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, the Trauma Recovery Program initially provided crisis counseling, education, and support services to parents, teachers, and children in the most directly impacted communities of lower Manhattan. Over time, our services have increasingly focused on the mental health care needs of vulnerable New York City populations, including homeless children and families and children served by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services’ (ACS) child protective, preventive, and foster care systems.

The program offers a specialized therapeutic program for children, ages 5-18, who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect, traumatic bereavement, or who have witnessed family violence. In order to begin the healing process…

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a safe, supportive and nurturing place must be available to help children recover from these traumatic experiences. Through individualized, child-friendly, and child-focused counseling sessions, The NYSPCC’s clinicians help children to more effectively understand and manage their emotions. Most children in our program have never received the mental health counseling needed to help them develop coping skills and recover. In addition to individual sessions with the child and the child’s caretaker, The NYSPCC’s clinicians provide family therapy sessions which improve therapeutic outcomes in all cases where family violence, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and domestic violence, has occurred.

The program is offered seven days and three evenings per week, in English and Spanish, free of charge. During individual counseling sessions, The NYSPCC’s clinicians use a phase-oriented treatment to help children process the traumatic event, develop coping skills, and enhance resiliency. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques are employed to teach children how to manage their emotions and impulses more effectively. Breathing and focusing exercises help children to build vital coping skills, and structured activities teach them how to identify and communicate their emotions more accurately.

Family therapy sessions fully engage parents/caregivers in the therapeutic process and empower them to help their child integrate weekly therapeutic lessons into daily life. Clinicians are able to provide parents/caregivers with parenting skills education and parent coaching to improve parent-child communication, develop their knowledge of trauma symptoms, and help them develop the tools to meet the emotional needs of the child.

The NYSPCC’s clinicians also hold collateral sessions with parents, caregivers, school counselors or teachers, religious leaders, social workers, case workers, or any other adult involved in the recovery process. Research repeatedly demonstrates that children who experience trauma are much less likely to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms when they have trusted and reliable adults to support them.


Would you or someone you know like to receive Trauma Recovery counseling?

The Trauma Recovery Program is free to all eligible children or youth (18 years old or younger) and their families who have experienced a traumatic event(s).  No health insurance is required. Partner agencies, such as foster care agencies, ACS, or NYC public schools can make referrals for children or youth to be seen in the Trauma Recovery Program. Families can also self-refer children to the Trauma Recovery Program, provided that the family’s income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty line. Please see the chart below to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria. For more information email traumareferrals@nyspcc.org or call 212.233.5500 ext. 203.

Household Size200% of FPL
For each additonal person, add…$8.040

Please watch the video below to learn more about The NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program:

2017 Program Statistics

The NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program cared for 96 children.

2017 Outcomes

In 2017, the following program outcomes were achieved for 96 children who were enrolled:

90% of children demonstrated an improvement in at least one of their baseline symptoms.

Location & Hours

The NYSPCC’s Main Office
161 William Street, Ninth Floor
New York, NY 10038-2607

Monday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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