The clinical department consists of Master’s level therapist and permanency placement specialists, a case manager and permanency placement specialist, and master’s and bachelor’s level interns. Therapists provide weekly individual, group, and/or family therapy as necessary for every child. Whaley Children’s Center promotes a trauma-informed culture and has made a commitment to ensure all clinical staff are trained in evidence based practice by the end of 2012. All therapists, case managers, and master’s level interns are required to complete an online training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and two therapists have had additional training in TF-CBT in an effort to work toward certification. The remaining therapists will be trained in at least one of the following:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): An 8 phase therapeutic approach focused on processing past traumatic experiences that are currently causing behavioral or emotional problems
- Structured Sensory Intervention for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents (SITCAP), which teaches sensory interventions such as art and play to reach children at the sensory level where trauma is processed.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills training: Therapeutic approach that focuses on the client learning new behaviors while also telling the client that their old behaviors “make sense” because of their traumatic personal experiences.
Therapists are trained to use the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) upon admission and quarterly thereafter to measure progress throughout our program. Other assessments incorporated into treatment planning may include but are not limited to the Trauma History Checklist and UCLA PTSD Reaction Index, Traumagenic Impact of Maltreatment Rating Summary, Children’s Alexithymia Measure (CAM), and/or Child Dissociative Checklist (CDC).