Jenny Stevens, Ph.D. on TF-CBT at Partners Clinic
Fortunately, Dr. Brown also makes training new clinicians a primary goal of PARTNERS. She introduced me to many different techniques that helped kids prepare to talk about the scary event they saw or experienced. My training was closely monitored to ensure that I not only understood all of the elements of the therapy protocol, but to make sure that our clients received the best services possible.
Most importantly, through my work at PARTNERS, I have had the wonderful opportunity to see my clients, amazing boys and girls who have experienced incredibly difficult times, improve in exciting and unexpected ways. They experience less fear and anxiety. They have stopped expecting that bad things will happen to them. They stop thinking about the trauma all of the time, and when they are reminded of the trauma, the memory no longer shuts them down.
But even more amazing were some of the changes they have experienced that I had not anticipated. Some clients have been able to apply the skills they have learned in therapy to better manage problems with bullies at school. Through working with parents, I’ve seen parent and child relationships that were already strong and loving become even more honest, open, respectful, and supportive. Watching these changes occur in these incredible children has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
After my time working at PARTNERS, I am not only convinced that TF-CBT for children most appropriate to help kids recover from emotional stress and trauma, but I believe that PARTNERS is a facility that is uniquely equipped to help children recover and grow from emotionally stressful and traumatic events.
John Terrell, Ph.D. on TF-CBT 2-day training
The best workshop I have attended in the past thirty-two years at a masters or Ph.D. level.
Jeremy Vanhoover, LCSW on PARTNERS Clinic
I had the opportunity to learn and practice the PARTNERS therapy model in treating children and their families with histories of trauma as part of a clinical research study. PARTNERS was unique in that it combined effective interventions for the individual child, the caregiver, and the dyad. The individual interventions aimed at teaching the children to identify and manage difficult emotions in an adaptive manner.
I enjoyed the creativity the model allowed for tailoring the interventions to different levels of development. The interventions with the caregiver were aimed at helping them to understand and support the child’s experience by spending quality individual time with the child and learning effective disciplinary techniques to manage difficult behaviors and promote a sense of safety and security.
The dyadic portions of the sessions were very useful because they provided the caregiver and child with direct “hands on” experience to practice the interventions learned. This component was fun and engaging for everyone involved and ensured that everyone participating in the treatment was informed about, and able to implement, each important component of the treatment model.
Since I have moved on to working in other settings and no longer use the specific PARTNERS treatment protocol, the model provided me with such invaluable training that sharpened my skills as a clinician that it continues to influence my treatment of children and families today. I am very grateful for my experience in working with PARTNERS and highly recommend it as an effective, empirically-based treatment.
Amanda Lopez on PARTNERS Clinic
I remember working with a 12 year old adolescent girl who was sexually abused by a family member over several years. She experienced recurrent and intrusive, distressing recollections of the abuse, including images, thoughts and perceptions.
The adolescent’s flashbacks or vivid memories were triggered by internal and external cues (i.e., specific music, TV shows, and smells) and she responded by engaging in self-injurious behaviors or aggression towards others.
Using PARTNERS’ techniques, this adolescent learned to regulate her affect by using relaxation and problem solving skills and by reconstructing her maladaptive thoughts. She has been able to embrace the social skills training and coping tools learned and incorporate it into her daily life to deal with everyday stressors.
Thanks to PARTNERS, this young lady no longer lives in the past and she looks ahead towards a positive future. Her flashbacks and level of agitation significantly reduced. And external triggers, which led to aggressive outbursts or vivid memories in the past, were better tolerated.
In my present work, I have incorporated the unique treatment model of PARTNERS into my treatment sessions to successfully address symptoms related to Mood Disorders and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) such as intense fear, flashbacks, night terrors, agitation, and hyper-vigilance.”
(Amanda Lopez is a clinical psychologist who currently works with a diverse population of emotionally disturbed children and adolescents from the inner city area of NY.)
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