[2016-2021 and 2010 - 2012]
The Center for Success and Independence’s “Survival Through Empowered Mindfulness” (STEM) project expands the reach and scope of treatment and services to adolescents in the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department's residential facility, known as Youth Village, in Seabrook, Texas. Through the STEM project, the Center is filling an unmet need for trauma-focused therapy and trauma-informed services among this population, providing culturally and age appropriate, medically sound, and evidence-based treatment and services to trauma victims ages 12-17. The services include individual, family, and group therapy. The interventions provided are Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, and EMDR.
The STEM project goals are the following: (1) to expand access to trauma-focused treatment and trauma-informed services—previously available only to a small subset of girls—to all juvenile justice involved adolescents in long-term residential placement, including boys; (2) to improve the quality of treatment and services provided by integrating an efficient evidence-based therapy to currently used evidence-based therapies—including adding EMDR to current therapeutic options for PTSD treatment; and (3) to sustain expanded access and quality improvement beyond the life of the project, in part through extensive staff training to improve staff understanding of trauma.