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About This Program

Target Population: Caregivers (e.g., biological, foster, relative, adoptive) of children from birth to18 years of age whose trauma histories and present day stress exposures interfere with the ability to benefit from child- and youth-focused trauma treatments

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 18

Brief Description

FamilyLive is a strengths-based caregiver-focused family therapy intervention that helps caregivers with unresolved trauma histories and significant present day stress improve parenting skills and respond to their children’s trauma-affected moods and behaviors. The model places emphasis on specialized engagement strategies that highlight competencies and encourage caregivers to become active participants in the treatment process. The model was developed in response to the needs of families and children exposed to significant adversities including racial and economic marginalization, community violence and traumatic family histories including parental incarceration, domestic violence, and homelessness.

Program Goals:

The goals of FamilyLive are:

  • Improve self-awareness and self-care
  • Improve affect regulation
  • Improve interpersonal functioning
  • Improve emotional perspective taking
  • Improve personal and parental reflective function
  • Manage stress
  • Benefit more substantially from sources of support
  • Improve team work with co-caregivers
  • Enhance structure
  • Boost emotional responsiveness to children and adolescents in their care
  • Decrease internalizing and externalizing behavior in children and adolescents
  • Increase help-seeking behavior in children and adolescents
  • Improve family communication

Contact Information

Sarah Gardner, LCSW-C
Agency/Affiliation: Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute
Phone: (443) 923-5957

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2015