The Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center recognizes that exposure to potentially traumatic events can affect child functioning within the cognitive, affective, behavioral, and physiological domains.
Many symptoms can subsequently be manifested, including hypervigilance, withdrawal, sleeping difficulties, depression, and significant mood swings. Often, such symptoms may not be immediately revealed. Early detection of child trauma can minimize psychological and physiological risk to children.
The goal of the Center is to assess the impact to children following exposure to traumatic events and/or suspected fetal alcohol exposure. The target population is children, ages three months to 17 years, entering foster care due to experiences of child abuse and/or neglect. Children with other traumatic experiences are also considered for assessment.
Evidence based mental health treatments are also available on a limited basis.
We also offer professional trainings in trauma informed assessment and treatment modalities.
We need your help.
While CTAC is a program supported by the Social Work Department at Western Michigan University, CTAC must rely on outside funding to provide affordable services to children and families. Donations are important to ensure the availability of assessment and treatment services, especially for families that have limited access to resources, and to provide access to services that are trauma informed and/or proven to work effectively with traumatized children. CTAC professionals raise additional funds by offering parent and professional trainings; contractual services; grant funded programs.
We are, however, also in continuous need of donations to support our direct work with children and families. Donations can be made through the Western Michigan University Foundation. Please contact us at 269-387-7073, or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about us or are interested in helping us to continue our work for abused and neglected children in Western Michigan
We are affiliated with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network: (www.nctsn.org)