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Trauma Recovery Program

The NYSPCC established its Trauma Recovery Program in 2004, and developed partnerships with foster care agencies and the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, who refer children with the most challenging cases of abuse, neglect and family violence. Our therapists are highly-skilled and experienced, specially trained in identifying, assessing and treating children exposed to severe trauma.  They provide weekly services for every child, including:

Individual Therapy: The majority of Trauma Recovery patients are multi-symptomatic, commonly exhibiting anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. NYSPCC therapists provide an evidenced-based model of child-centered, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Talk, art, and play techniques are used to teach children how to identify and manage their emotions and impulses, understand and develop helpful thinking patterns, strengthen coping skills, and process traumatic events.

Family Therapy: The NYSPCC does not treat children in isolation. We help caregivers understand trauma symptoms and how to support their children’s recovery. Our work with families includes parent-child sessions, parent only sessions, and family sessions which include the parent, child and siblings. Research consistently demonstrates that children who experience trauma have better outcomes when they have trusted and reliable parental figures who support them in healing.

Collateral Work: What makes our Trauma Recovery Program unique is the collaborative work done with system responders involved in our clients’ lives. NYSPCC therapists are in regular contact with the Administration for Children’s Services, foster care caseworkers, school counselors, teachers, and other providers. Our consistent communication with multiple system responders ensures that the children’s needs are understood and met in all aspects of their lives, not just in the therapy room.

Would you or someone you know like to receive Trauma Recovery counseling?

The Trauma Recovery Program is free to all eligible children or youth (18 years old or younger) and their families who have experienced a traumatic event(s).  No health insurance is required. Partner agencies, such as foster care agencies, ACS, or NYC public schools can make referrals for children or youth to be seen in the Trauma Recovery Program. Families can also self-refer children to the Trauma Recovery Program, provided that the family’s income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty line. Please see the chart below to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria. For more information email traumareferrals@nyspcc.org or call 212.233.5500 ext. 203.

Household Size200% of FPL
1$22,980
2$31,020
3$39,060
4$47,100
5$55,140
6$63,180
7$71,220
8$79.260
For each additonal person, add…$8.040


2018 Program Statistics


The NYSPCC provided weekly therapeutic care for 85 children, as well as 89 parents and caregivers.

2018 Outcomes

  • 90% of children improved upon their baseline symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression, and aggressive behaviors)
  • 82% of children increased their use of adaptive coping skills (e.g., ability to identify feelings and build social support.)


Location & Hours


The NYSPCC’s Main Office
161 William Street, Ninth Floor
New York, NY 10038-2607

Monday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


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