Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy for Adolescents (TARGET-A)

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About This Program

Target Population: Youth ages 10-18 with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

For children/adolescents ages: 10 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 10 – 18

Brief Description

TARGET-A is an educational and therapeutic intervention designed to prevent and treat traumatic stress disorders (including PTSD, severe anxiety disorders, depression, and dissociative disorders), co-occurring addictive, personality, or psychotic disorders, and adjustment disorders related to other types of stressors.

TARGET-A teaches a seven-step sequence of skills, the FREEDOM Steps, designed to enable participants to recognize, understand, and gain control of stress reactions by enhancing their strengths/abilities for mental focusing, mindfulness, emotion regulation, executive function, and interpersonal engagement/interaction. TARGET-A provides a systematic approach to processing traumatic and other critical memories that does not require memory processing.

TARGET-A provides a manualized protocol for brief (4-session), time-limited (10-14 sessions), and extended (26+ sessions) individual, group, or couple/family education and therapy. TARGET-A can be delivered in community, outpatient, inpatient, residential treatment, shelter, workplace, correctional, or healthcare settings.

TARGET-A has been adapted to be gender-specific, culturally responsive, and attuned to the unique needs of adults who have experienced (or are currently experiencing) childhood trauma, sexual trauma, domestic violence, community violence, traumatic losses, disaster trauma, medical trauma, racism-related trauma, sexual identity-related trauma, or military trauma.

TARGET for Adults is highlighted in the Trauma Treatment (Adults) topic area on the CEBC as well.

Program Goals:

The goals of Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy for Adolescents (TARGET-A) are:

  • Reduction in severe PTSD symptoms and remission from diagnostic PTSD
  • Enhanced capacities for emotion regulation and stress/anxiety management
  • Reduction in biopsychosocially impairing stress reactions
  • Reduction in severe anxiety, depression, guilt, and shame
  • Reduction in persistent complicated bereavement
  • Reduction in severe problems with anger and aggression
  • Reduction in severe problems with psychoform and somatoform dissociation
  • Increased ability to maintain sobriety in recovery from addictive disorders
  • Reduction in non-suicidal self-injury
  • Increased self-efficacy and dispositional hope/optimism

Contact Information

Julian Ford
Agency/Affiliation: University of Connecticut Health Center
Department: Dept. of Psychiatry
Phone: (860) 679-8778
Fax: (860) 679-4326

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2006