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Trauma Affect Regulation/ Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET): A Case Study of Moving Toward Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Systems

By Julian D. Ford and Judith G. Ford

Young people involved in juvenile justice systems are highly likely to have experienced psychological trauma and to suffer from traumatic stress symptoms. Although well-validated psychotherapies have been developed for children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), these therapies have limited applicability in juvenile justice context because they have not been tested in this context and do not address the larger issue of making juvenile justice systems trauma-informed. This article describes a new model, TARGET (Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy), that was developed and has been tested with justice-involved youth, and that has been disseminated in several state-wide juvenile justice systems. TARGET's  approach to educating not only youth, but also families, staff, and administrators, about traumatic stress, and helping all of these key constituencies to build on their strengths and master self-regulation skills, is described as a case study in how to create trauma-informed juvenile justice systems.  

Posted Fri, Mar 11 2011 4:05 PM by Tracey Vessels


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