What separates FST from other trauma-informed models?

  • Individually focused trauma-informed therapy models abound. Examples include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Therapy (TF-CBT) Neurobiological Trauma Treatment (NTT), Attachment-Focused Therapy (AFT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
  • But moving from the traumatized child as part of a traumatized family system is limited. The term “traumatized family” is not used in mental health. Instead, it is the traumatized child.
  • Traumatized children are often treated in individual therapy with limited to no involvement of the family, extended family, or community.
  • In Response to this Challenge, Treating the Traumatized Child: A Family Systems Step-by-Step Approach (Springer Publishing, 2017) was written after 8 years of research in 15 different states and provides the counselor with step-by-step tools.

What populations does FST serve?

What we mean by the designation of a traumatized child or adolescent, the target population for the FST Model. Children or adolescent between the ages of 8 and 18 years and their family and/or community. A child or other family is traumatized when problem symptoms mirror a PTSD post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis.

Is FST successful with multiple cultures?

Families across a broad spectrum of cultures complete the treatment program at a rate of 70% or higher. Success rates include families from the following cultures: Dutch, Asian, European, African American, Native American, Hispanic, Alaska Native, and Caucasian.

In 2015, successful completion rates for the largest populations served were: African American (74%), Caucasian (86%), Hispanic (92%), and Alaska Native (78%).

How do I become better trained in the FST Model?

Attend a current FST workshop, or book a workshop at your agency

How do I get in touch with FST?

You can submit an inquiry through our website or call toll-free at (800) 735-9525


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