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Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program

About Our Program

The NSU Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program (CATSP) provides children and adolescents (birth–18) who are experiencing post-trauma symptoms with specialized psychological services to help them gain greater satisfaction in their lives. In addition to the availability of services for children and adolescents, the families of these traumatized children may also obtain services. Family forensic services are available for children and their families who are divorcing or dissolving their parenting partnership.

Special Populations Served

  • Children who are experiencing psychological problems and physical complaints as a result of suffering some form of trauma. Examples of traumatic experiences include physical and sexual abuse, homelessness, abandonment, natural disasters, accidental injury, seeing death or harm befall a primary caregiver, hostage situations, kidnapping, and urban violence (e.g. drive-by-shootings, school violence). In addition to post traumatic stress disorder, trauma reactions which are assessed and treated include: depression or mood disorders, other anxiety disorders, elimination disorders (wetting and soiling), nightmares, regressive behavior, fear and avoidance, behavioral disruptive disorders, school and academic problems, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder as well as other symptoms related to trauma.
  • Children and adolescents who are experiencing or have experienced acute, chronic, and/or genetic medical disorders (e.g., cancer, diabetes, spina bifida, asthma, burn, organ transplant) and who are exhibiting a traumatic stress reaction related to the medical problem. Services are also offered to families of children with these medical disorders.
  • Individuals or families that have been ordered by court to complete psychological evaluations, family therapy, reunification therapy, or parent effectiveness and empathy training. Children who are experiencing an adverse reaction to their parents’ divorce or relationship dissolution are also offered assessment and therapy services.

Services Provided

Clinical Services
Psychological assessment and evaluation, as well as individual and family therapy, are available for children and their families living in the Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties.

Services are available to youth and their families regardless of individual’s race, color, gender, age, presence of disability, sexual orientation, religion or creed, or national origin.

Consultative Liaison
Consultation services are available for medical personnel, court personnel/programs, professional agencies, educators, and school personnel in the South Florida region.

Training
Opportunities exist for specialized training and instruction to mental health professionals, students, and regional agencies.

Research
State-of-the-art research to develop more effective treatment regimens for children, adolescents, and their families with a variety of psychological problems, specifically with respect to post-abuse and other trauma-related symptoms as well as family court litigation, is being conducted.

Fees

The Psychology Services Center is a fee-for-service facility that provides services at affordable rates. Some individuals may qualify for no-cost therapy contingent upon available funds and other criteria.

The Program Director

The NSU Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program is directed by Jan Faust, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. She is a licensed psychologist and clinical supervisor, and has been a professor of clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University since 1988. The director has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books. She frequently presents her research at professional conferences.

Clinic Hours

By appointment only
Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
For more information or an appointment, please call (954) 262-5833.
Visit our Web site: www.nova.edu/catsp

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