Trauma Systems Therapy

Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) is a model of care for traumatized children that addresses both the individual child’s emotional needs as well as the social environment in which he or she lives. TST is about breaking down barriers between service systems, understanding a child’s symptoms in the context of his or her world, and building on a family’s strengths and dreams. TST is about leaving a better system. Welcome to our TST community.

Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) provides effective, evidence-based services and interventions to help children and families who have experienced traumatic events.  A clinical and research program of the NYU Child Study Center and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU's School of Medicine, the program is overseen by Dr. Glenn Saxe, Clinical Professor, and a team of faculty and trainees.

TST, developed by Dr. Saxe and Dr. Heidi Ellis at Boston University School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Boston, continues to grow and expand its ability to offer meaningful intervention, through its collaborations in more than 26 programs within 17 agencies across 10 states.

While the core elements of TST remain intact, many developments have taken place since Dr. Saxe’s arrival at NYU, as a result of being part of such a rich clinical, academic and research environment.  The opportunities for collaboration in this dynamic setting have helped TST to grow, and will continue to help move it into exciting new directions.

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