Carousel Center picked for pilot therapy program

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The Carousel Center, which has served nearly 3,000 area children since its inception, was recently selected to implement an innovative early intervention program. Photo courtesy Carousel Center.
The Carousel Center, which has served nearly 3,000 area children since its inception, was recently selected to implement an innovative early intervention program. Photo courtesy Carousel Center.

The Carousel Center is one of four child advocacy centers selected to implement an innovative new pilot therapy program.

The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) program was created in collaboration with The Duke Endowment, Yale Child Study Center, and North and South Carolina Child Advocacy Centers and the National Children’s Alliance.

Aimed at ages seven to 18, the intervention program is a five- to eight-session treatment program designed to reduce traumatic stress symptoms and mitigate the risk of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Amy Feath, Executive Director of The Carousel Center, said the program focuses on early counseling—which begins 30 to 45 days after a potentially traumatic event or after recent disclosure of physical or sexual abuse.

Results from the pilot implementation will help child advocacy centers nationwide determine whether to utilize CFTSI as a standard intervention in an effort to reduce the potential for PTSD, which requires a longer-term, more intensive trauma therapy, Feath noted.

Founded in 2000, The Carousel Center now serves as the Cape Fear region’s National Children’s Alliance-accredited child advocacy center.

Its mission is two-fold–to meet the physical, emotional and psychological needs of children who have suffered physical or sexual abuse and to provide outreach on child abuse education and prevention.