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Stress, Trauma And Resilience Treatment (START) Service

START is a clinical service of the NYU Child Study Center offering assessment and treatment for youth and families in need of a new START, after exposure to stressful or traumatic life experiences.

The Stress, Trauma and Resilience Treatment (START) team is a highly-trained, multidisciplinary group of clinicians specializing in assessment of and treatment for emotional and behavioral difficulties related to a wide range of potentially traumatic experiences, including, but not limited to:

•loss of a loved one
•high conflict divorce
•adoption
•bullying
•serious illness
•accidents (car accidents, dog bites, etc.)
•exposure to community violence
•abuse
•neglect
•being the victim of a violent crime
•exposure to natural disasters
•other stressful life events

The START team offers evidence-based diagnostic evaluation and treatment guided by Trauma Systems Therapy (TST). The TST model was developed by Glenn Saxe, M.D., Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Director of the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. TST will be used in conjunction with other approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including CBT for trauma and anxiety symptoms), parent supports and training (including Parent Child Interaction Therapy or PCIT), and psychopharmacological interventions as appropriate. The team, including psychologists and psychiatrists, is qualified to assess and treat the full spectrum of childhood difficulties, in addition to trauma. The team will collaborate to create a unique program geared to treat each family's individual and unique needs giving every child the opportunity for a new START.

The START team is:

Adam Brown, PsyD
Mary Dino, LCSW
Christina Laitner, PhD

Consultation and Outreach

Our faculty is also available to provide consultation to schools and other organizations about how to grieve, cope, and ultimately move forward in the face of adversity. Our faculty is also available to provide workshops and talks on trauma, bereavement, resilience, and other related topics. Outreach services may be targeted toward schools, parents, community organizations, or health professionals.

Please email START@aboutourkids.org or call 212-263-4659 for more information, to schedule an evaluation, or a speaker.