Program on Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment

Mission Statement

Our Program exists to promote safety and healing for maltreated and traumatized children, regardless of their financial status. We do this by providing high quality and timely clinical and forensic services to children and their families, state of the art training to other professionals, and authoritative leadership in the field.

Program Description

The Program on Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment is a unique outpatient clinical program at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, specializing in the assessment and treatment of abused, neglected, and psychologically traumatized children and adolescents. We offer clinical and forensic services in the form of brief assessments, extended evaluations, brief and long-term treatment, case reviews, case consultations, and expert witness testimony. Most of our referrals are received from child protective services, law enforcement, the courts, and other mental health professionals.

In addition, we provide training workshops and seminars for professionals from social services, law enforcement, mental health, and law. (We have presented workshops throughout North Carolina as well as in 20 other states, and in Canada and Germany.) A range of specific training topics are offered with a focus on the assessment of allegations of child sexual and physical abuse, child forensic interviewing, and psychological treatment of child and adolescent victims of abuse.

Therapeutic Group Meetings

We are excited to announce two therapeutic groups scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014, designed to help children cope with stressful life events. One group is being planned for adolescent girls in the age range of 14-16 years, and the second group will be for boys and girls 8-10 years old. The groups will be held weekly, last ninety minutes, and meet for twelve weeks. The cost for each group session will be fifty-five dollars and payment is due at the time of service. All sessions will be held at UNC Mental Health Specialists, at 110 Conner Drive, Suite 4, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. 

The group may serve as an adjunct to individual therapy, or serve as a stand-alone intervention. The group therapeutic process will incorporate techniques from sensory motor psychotherapy. With this approach, group members will learn to become more mindful of bodily sensations and how to transform the impact of negative experiences that may be stored in the body. Group exercises will be fun, developmentally appropriate, interactive and will encourage a sense of attunement with the body.

Interested? Contact us at 919-966-1760

Contact Information:

Program on Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment
104-A Market Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516
Telephone: (919) 966-1760
Fax: (919) 966-7984