Trauma Systems Therapy Overview

Besides being a unique and innovative clinical model, TST also provides a framework for organizing trauma-informed services. TST takes a phase-based approach to treatment and consists of four primary intervention modules:

  1. home- and community-based care
  2. services advocacy
  3. emotion regulation skills training
  4. psychopharmacology

These various modules are clinically indicated depending on the child’s degree of emotional dysregulation and stability of her/his social environment.

All TST teams should be guided by the 10 TST Principles:

A full description of TST is offered in our manual:Collaborative Treatment of Traumatized Children and Teens: The Trauma Systems Therapy Approach(Saxe, Ellis, & Kaplow, 2007).