Juvenile Trauma/Psycho-Ed Screening Center

Contact: Wendy Evers Gordon, PhD, Director
Phone: 315 464-3145
Location: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 713 Harrison Street, Room 122
Directions: Located at the northeast corner of Harrison and Almond Streets, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Building is at in the corner building within the Hutchings Psychiatric Center campus.
Hours: 8:30 am to 10 am on Thursdays

The first four weeks of this program, which meets on Thursdays from 8:30-10am, will provide the necessary framework for understanding trauma in children.

Background information about and therapeutic techniques
for dealing with the following issues will be reviewed:

  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Complex developmental trauma

Students who wish to provide ongoing assessment and treatment of a traumatized child will have the opportunity to do so. (Note: While this program is part of the child psychology internship program, it is also open to psychiatry residents and fellows as well as to the social work and psychiatric nurse practitioner interns).

After the initial four weeks of didactics, we will be collaborating with Onondaga County's Child Protective Services (CPS), in offering a pre-screening and psychoeducation session to parents and children who have experienced a traumatic event, (usually suspected or confirmed child abuse).  The focus will be on providing psychoeducation (i.e., what is "normal behavior in an abnormal situation?"), assessing safety and determining whether and/or when psychiatric intervention might be necessary, as well as providing a brief written summary to CPS.