Girls’ Trauma Program

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The Girls’ Trauma Program at Hermitage Hall treats adolescent girls ages 8 to 17, with a FSIQ of 65 or greater, who have a history of traumatic experiences, which may include sexual abuse or incest, sexual exploitation, physical abuse, severe neglect, emotional abuse, exposure and witnessing of violence, multiple abandonments, and unexpected traumatic losses. Girls may also struggle with self-injurious behaviors, mild eating disorders, dissociative problems, acute stress disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, or other reactive difficulties.

Hermitage Hall engages a multi-tiered trauma-informed treatment program that encompasses a variety of treatment modalities including dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, drug and alcohol treatment, co-occurring therapies and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing that is backed by empirically-based treatment models and best practice approaches. Our highly trained, multi-disciplinary team incorporates child and adolescent experts in the areas of psychology, psychiatry, social work, pediatric medicine, recreational therapy and life skills training. Our therapeutic approach incorporates an individualized treatment plan approach which utilizes targeted interventions including individual counseling, group counseling and psycho-education. Our dedicated, therapeutic community style intervention program yields positive outcomes for our patients including symptom reduction, skills building, identity development and overall improved behavior management and mood regulation.

The kind of trauma experienced by children is generally not a one-time event, such as a natural disaster or accident. Rather, it is traumatic experiences which are prolonged and repeated, interpersonal in nature, intentional, and may endure over an extensive period of time.  Trauma is often the central issue for people with mental health problems, substance abuse problems, or co-occurring disorders. Most importantly, people can and do recover from the effects of trauma if they receive the right services and support.

Trauma-Specific Treatment

Trauma Specific Treatment begins with a thorough evaluation. Interventions are designed to specifically address the consequences of the trauma and facilitate the healing process. Trauma Informed Treatment is consumer driven and aims to restore a sense of safety, power, control, and hope. All interventions are tailored to the youth with considerations of their specific needs, abilities, and cognitive development. Specific modalities commonly utilized may include but are not limited to:

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Expressive and Art Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Renaissance Learning System
  • Education Programming (including SPED)
  • Diploma
  • Vocational Training Program
  • Social Skills Training
  • Independent/Life Skills Training
  • Leisure Education Services