Helping kids through times of trauma
The Youth Trauma Center’s purpose is to increase identification of youth and families who have been exposed to traumatic stress and works to shorten the time it takes to get them into effective treatment programs.
Youth & Family Services Youth Trauma Center offers free screenings to children who may be experiencing traumatic stress. Initial screenings can be requested by calling (605) 342-4789.
If information warrants, a full screening will be scheduled. Full screenings will include an interview and assessments with the child and caregiver. Full screenings are funded through Title 19, private insurance, or grants.
Youth and families who are identified as experiencing traumatic stress will be referred to appropriate treatment providers.
Treatment for families will improve the caregiver’s emotional reactions to children’s trauma experiences and reduce post-traumatic stress symptoms experienced by primary caregivers.
Treatment programs available at Youth & Family Services include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child Parent Psychotherapy.
Provider training & collaboration
Youth & Family Services Youth Trauma Center assists mental health providers throughout the Black Hills community to expand their trauma-focused knowledge and skills through education, training, and collaboration.
The Youth Trauma Center at Youth & Family Services was created through a cooperative agreement with the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).