Clinical assessments play an important role in trauma-informed care; they are puzzle pieces that deepen our understanding of a client. At Promise House we administer three tools: Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire (ACE’s), Coping Scales tailored to the population we serve and Trauma Inventories. Together they help create an individualized plan of action specifically tailored to each youth’s healing process.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is the most researched treatment for PTSD and considered the first line of treatment. This therapy is different from other trauma treatments because clients do not need to share the memories in detail to benefit from the treatment. EMDR helps to process traumatic experiences that youth have so that they can handle negative experiences in a more resilient way. When youth have a chance to heal and grow from past traumatic and stressful experiences they are able to use what they have learned about themselves and not feel so overwhelmed or depleted to handle future life stressors.
Trauma Focus-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): TF-CBT is a treatment model for youth with trauma and related symptoms. This therapy is used to reduce symptoms related to trauma using primarily cognitive-behavioral intervention. Through TF-CBT adolescents learn coping skills that will help them deal with traumatic memories.
Sensorimotor Therapy: We help our clients regulate their emotions by engaging their bodies and minds as they work on their healing process.