The development of GTI for Children was based on a framework in which practice informed the research, and the research informed the practice. This has resulted in a theoretically grounded evidence-based, practical intervention for “real world” settings.
The development and evaluation of GTI began in 1997. This intervention grew out of the work of our agency, which was providing intervention to low income, urban African American children who had witnessed multiple types of violence and many of whom had had a loved one murdered.
GTI has been tested with children experiencing posttraumatic stress due to witnessing or being a direct victim of violence (often multiple types of violence), death of a loved one (including homicide) and disasters (specifically Hurricane Katrina). Results indicate significant improvements in symptoms of posttraumatic stress, depression, and traumatic grief in children who participated in GTI.
The intervention utilizes cognitive behavioral and narrative therapy strategies. GTI has been implemented in various community-based settings, including schools, afterschool programs and community centers, and may be provided individually or in a group setting.
The GTI treatment manual includes several special features including:
GTI is to be implemented by mental health clinicians, preferably with a Master’s degree in a mental health-related field.
A two-day training on implementing GTI is recommended for first time users.
For more information about training, evaluation or research on GTI, contact Dr. Alison Salloum, University of South Florida at email@example.com.
To purchase the GTI Training manual, visit HERE.
The history of the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans is chronicled in Saving Wednesday’s Child by Mark Cave of the Historic New Orleans Collection.
Saving Wednesday’s Child is available for purchase for $13.95. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans.
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