Treating Trauma Before Anger Gets Teens In Trouble

The Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice, which is based at the University of Connecticut Health Center, provides training for people – including judges, probation officers, teachers and parents – who work with teens who have been arrested or are at risk for arrest.

One of the programs is called “TARGET,” which stands for “Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy.” Teens in the program are taught about the response that occurs in their brain when they experience stress.

As the teens learn about what is happening in their brains, they also learn that they can control their response, said Dr. Julian Ford, a psychiatrist and the lead researcher at the center.

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