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NBC Connecticut, PTSD Study Showing Positive Outcomes 
FOX Connecticut, Health Watch
NBC Connecticut, Ongoing Research for PTSD Treatment
WTNH News 8, Health News Report
FOX Connecticut Health Report - PTSD
Hijacked By Your Brain Trailer
Introduction to the TARGET model
Introduction to the TARGET model
NBC Connecticut, PTSD Study Showing Positive Outcomes 
FOX Conncecticut, Health Watch
NBC Connecticut, Ongoing Research for PTSD Treatment
WTNH News 8, Health News Report
​FOX Connecticut Health Report - PTSD
​Hijacked By Your Brain Trailer

Treating The Trauma Of War
    UConn Health Center Will Study Treatments for PTSD
    As published as an editorial in The Hartford Courant, July 24, 2010.

Health Center Compares PTSD Treatments
    by Matthew Kiernan, The Hartford Courant, July 12, 2010.

    by Ken Dixon, Connecticut Post Staff Writer, July 2009

    Effectiveness study for incarcerated women 

Psychiatry Professor an Expert on PTSD
    by Carolyn Pennington - December 8, 2008 : The Advance

    by Susan Campbell : The Hartford Courant

    PMIWach.org - News About Mental Illness Nov.1, 2007

Coping With COVID? Mastering Social (But Not Emotional) Distancing

by ATS Staff on 03/24/20

UConn Today

With the spread of the COVID-19 virus comes anxiety over the uncertainty associated with a rapidly evolving public health threat of indefinite duration. UConn Health clinical psychologist Julian Ford shares his thoughts on the situation, including some recommendations on ways to handle the stress.


UConn Today: Become More Childhood Trauma Informed

by ATS Staff on 04/12/18


by ATS Staff on 04/12/18


MAY 21, 2018
Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus Ballroom

43 Lake Ave Ext, Danbury, CT 06810

Julian D. Ford, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

6.0 CEs for Psychology, LPC, LCSW, LMFT, and NBCC (including 1.25 for Veteran’s and 1.0 for play therapy)

Before May 6:  $30
After May 6:  $50
Tickets can be purchased at the Westside Campus & Midtown Student Center Box Offices, by calling or visiting:
(203) 837 8499


Urban PTSD Summit with Senator Chris Murphy

by ATS Staff on 05/19/17

Join U.S. Senator Chris Murphy for an

Urban PTSD Summit

Tuesday, May 30th
Registration at 10:00 am
Event begins at 10:30 am

Chawla Auditorium
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
114 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105

Please RSVP to Sean Scanlon at 860.549.8477
or sean_scanlon@murphy.senate.gov


Stay Afloat When They Rock Your Boat. Remain Strong, Steady and Calm along Your Trauma Caregiver Journey

by ATS Staff on 04/27/17

Stay Afloat When They Rock Your Boat. Remain Strong, Steady and Calm along Your Trauma Caregiver Journey

Friday, June 16 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM [EST]

Courtyard Marriott
4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, CT, United States

Keynote Presentation:
Secondary Trauma as a Challenge and Opportunity
Building Resilience for Adults who Care for
Traumatized Children and Youth

Please register at: bit.ly/ROCKYOURBOAT

  • Complimentary registration is available for the first 100 Family Members!
  • Professionals, Providers and Community Stakeholders $40.00
  • Exhibitors are welcome! Limited spaces available for $40.00
Registration includes buffet luncheon.
Certificates of Attendance for training hours will be available after closing remarks.

Presented by the CT DCF Citizen's Review Panel
For addition information please contact:
Alana Jones - 860.710.0640 - ajones@waterfordcs.org
Maureen O'Neill-Davis - 561.762.4747 - maureenod65@gmail.com
Natine Haley - 203.908.1911 - msj32361@yahoo.com



by ATS Staff on 04/05/17

Featured Keynote speaker: Dr. Julian D. Ford, Ph.D.
October 20, 2017  - The Riverhouse, Haddam CT


ISSTD 2017 Annual Conference Updates: Preliminary Program, Social Event & Early Bird Rates

by ATS Staff on 02/02/17

The 2017 Annual Conference Preliminary Program is now available! Here you will find a list of presentations for the entire conference, along with hotel, airport, and continuing education information. We anticipate that our online Itinerary Planner will be available in late-January or early-February which will included more detailed information on each presentation.


ISSTD is excited to announce that our conference social event this year will be a scavenger hunt at the International Spy Museum in downtown Washington, DC.

Event Details
Friday 31 March 2017  5:30PM - 7:00PM
$69 Students   |   $89 Members   |   $99 Non-Members/Guests

Participants will be put into teams and compete against each other as they answer questions, find a "dead-drop", decipher an encrypted message, and "bug" other teams.

Registration for this event will open Friday 20 January 2017. A limited number of tickets are available for this event so buy your tickets early.

Join ISSTD in metro Washington, DC!  Only TWO WEEKS LEFT to register for the ISSTD 34th Annual International Conference at early bird rates!

Featured Plenary Presentations

Bruce Perry, MD, PhD
Trauma and the Developing Brain
Saturday 1 April 1 2017
Julian Ford, PhD | Dolores Mosquera, PhD | Warwick Middleton, MD | John O'Neil, MD (Moderator)
Panel Discussion: The Borderline Question
Sunday 2 April 2 2017

Pamela Alexander, PhD
Intergenerational Trauma
Monday, 3 April 2017

Conference Program Highlights:
8 Pre-Conference Workshops
ASCH Intermediate Hypnosis Training
Workshops, Paper Sessions, Forum Discussions, Symposia
4 Post Conference Workshops
President's Reception and Annual Awards Dinner
CE/CME Credits Available?

For additional conference details hotel, airport, and continuing education information, visit the CONFERENCE WEBSITE!



by ATS Staff on 07/12/16


Pre-Conference Workshops: August 15-16th, 2016
Trauma Informed Care Summit: August 17-18th, 2016

This Summit brings together individuals, families, professionals, communities and organizations interested in addressing, preventing and treating trauma across the lifespan, as well as disseminate trauma informed care initiatives and best practices to address trauma throughout Texas.  The pilot sites for trauma informed care organizational transformation of behavioral health services will be disseminating the progress and lessons learned in transforming behavioral health services in Texas including: mental health services for children and adults, substance abuse treatment and substance abuse prevention services.  Our hope is to launch a trauma informed discussion within the community by sharing the triumphs of the initiative and providing the knowledge of nationally recognized trauma informed experts.

Keynote Speakers:

Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., CCC., RP, Co-Executive Director of TEND Ms. Mathieu is a renowned international expert and speaker on high-stress workplaces and vicarious trauma. She has been working for a decade with the Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program and is the author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook.

Julian Ford, PhD., Professor & Director of the Center for Trauma and Recovery & Juvenile Justice, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center Dr. Ford is a national expert and clinical psychologist specializing in assessment, treatment, and research of children, youth, adults, and families affected by PTSD. He is the Northeast Regional Site Director for the Complex Trauma Treatment Network of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He is the national developer of TARGET, an evidence-based practice recognized by SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.



An Affective Cognitive Neuroscience-Based Approach to PTSD Psychotherapy: The TARGET Model

by ATS Staff on 02/23/15

An Affective Cognitive Neuroscience-Based Approach to PTSD Psychotherapy: The TARGET Model

by ATS Staff on  2/23/15

Julian Ford, PhD

University of Connecticut Health Center


Adaptations or alternative versions of cognitive psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are needed because even the most efficacious cognitive or cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies for PTSD do not retain or achieve sustained clinically significant benefits for a majority of recipients. Cognitive affective neuroscience research is reviewed which suggests that it is not just memory (or memories) of traumatic events and related core beliefs about self, the world, and relationships that are altered in PTSD but also memory (and affective information) processing. A cognitive psychotherapy is described that was designed to systematically make explicit these otherwise implicit trauma-related alterations in cognitive emotion regulation and its application to the treatment of complex variants of PTSD—Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET). TARGET provides therapists and clients with (a) a neurobiologically informed strengths-based meta-model of stress-related cognitive processing in the brain and how this is altered by PTSD and (b) a practical algorithm for restoring the executive functions that are necessary to make implicit trauma-related cognitions explicit (i.e., experiential awareness) and modifiable (i.e., planful refocusing). Results of randomized clinical trial studies and quasi-experimental effectiveness evaluations of TARGET with adolescents and adults are reviewed.

To read more, click here! 

LISTEN: Dr. Ford speaks to Mark Sims from the CT Radio Network

by ATS Staff on 11/13/14

To listen to Dr. Ford and Mark Sims discuss PTSD and returning combat veterans, click here.

This just in from the OJJDP: TARGET rated as "Effective"

by ATS Staff on 11/12/14

Effective - More than one study Effective - More than one study Effective - More than one study 

The review process of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Model Programs Guide (MPG) is complete, and the Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) was rated as Effective.


If a program is determined to be eligible for inclusion in the MPG, the effectiveness dimensions and the overall scores are used to classify the program into one of three categories that are designed to provide the user with a summary knowledge base of the research supporting that program. A brief description of the three categories follows:


Effective: Programs have strong evidence to indicate they achieve their intended outcomes when implemented with fidelity.


Promising: Programs have some evidence to indicate they achieve their intended outcomes.


No Effects: Programs have strong evidence indicating that they had no effects or had harmful effects when implemented with fidelity.

For more information, click here. 

Dr. Ford Featured in UCONN Today - Stuck in Survival Mode: Insights into Turning Down Your Stress Level

by ATS Staff on 11/10/14

This article was first published in the Fall 2014 print edition of UConn Magazine. To read more stories like this, visit s.uconn.edu/fall14 or download UConn Magazine’s free app for iPads.

Stress is not good or bad; it is a physical reaction from your body and brain that is intended to help keep you safe.

Stress is not good or bad; it is a physical reaction from your body and brain that is intended to help keep you safe.

A clinical psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the UConn School of Medicine, Julian Ford has spent the past two decades researching stress and trauma. He has edited or authored 10 books, including co-authoring Hijacked by Your Brain: How to Free Yourself When Stress Takes Over (Sourcebooks, 2013). Here, he offers a glimpse into his work as well as one approach we can all use in managing our own stress.

To read more, click here.

TARGET featured in SAMHSA Treatment Improvement Protocol

by ATS Staff on 11/06/14

SAMHSA has included TARGET as one of the Evidence Based, Trauma Specific Treatment Models in their report, Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services, A Treatment Improvement Protocol. 

To download the report, click here

TARGET - One of only 4 interventions marked as "Effective" by OJJDP

by ATS Staff on 08/20/14

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has marked TARGET as "effective", one of only four PTSD models that have received this distinction. 

For more information, please visit http://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg/Program

What we know -and need to do- about the intersection of trauma in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare (a report from the Juvenile Law Center)

by ATS Staff on 08/05/14

"This publication is the product of research and discussions with psychologists, psychiatrists, public policy experts, and lawyers who represent children in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Many of the ideas expressed emerged from a convening hosted by Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia in January 2013. The convening brought together experts across disciplines to grapple with the ramifications of raising trauma in the context of courtroom advocacy, as well as more fundamental and definitional questions about what trauma is and why it matters." (www.jlc.org) 

Our own Julian Ford made some important contributions to the discussion! 

Stressed Workforce? Lots of turnover? We can help!

by ATS Staff on 07/31/14

The Children's Bureau released a video that highlights how our workforce is the most valuable resource in child welfare programs. The video also stresses the importance of developing and maintaining a workforce that is both stable and engaged. 

To learn more about how TARGET can support your workforce development and also provide an approach to helping create a highly focused and effective team, contact us at info@advancedtrauma.com.  

To view the video, please click here. 

Soldiers' Use of Mental Health Services Up, Stigma Down, Study Finds

by ATS Staff on 07/21/14

A new study finds that soldiers have almost doubled their use of mental health services and that they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment. While the research points to this fact, it was also discovered that about two-thirds of soldiers with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression did not seek care between 2002 and 2011. 

To read more about the research study, click here. 

Re-posting: Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Systems

by ATS Staff on 07/15/14

Way Back Wednesday! 

Title: Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Systems
Date: 2012
Access: Click here!  

This webinar was offered to states participating in the initiative "Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders: An Integrated Policy Academy/Action Network Initiative." This initiative, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is an effort to increase the number of youth with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders diverted out of the juvenile justice system to appropriate community-based behavioral health services, and to reduce the inappropriate and unnecessary contact of these youth with the juvenile justice system.

This webinar provides an overview of evidence-based and efficient methods of screening and assessment to identify youth in need of trauma-informed services or trauma-specific treatment in juvenile diversion programs. Evidence-based or evidence-informed trauma-specific treatments to which youth diverted from the juvenile justice system can be referred are discussed. 

Julian Ford received his PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Director of the University of Connecticut Health Center Child Trauma Clinic. He has developed the TARGET (Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy) treatment model for adult, adolescent, and child traumatic stress disorders, and conducts research on psychotherapy and family therapy, health services utilization, psychometric screening and assessment, and psychiatric epidemiology. Dr. Ford has prepared expert white papers on trauma and mental health for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, and the Child Health and Development Institute.

Monique Marrow holds a doctorate Degree in Child Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University. She currently serves as a psychologist for the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities. She also currently serves as a Juvenile Justice consultant for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and co-project director for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital child trauma grant which focuses on developing and disseminating training and trauma focused interventions for youth in the Juvenile Justice system. In 2010, Dr. Marrow was appointed to National Child Traumatic Stress Network's National Steering Committee and has served several years on the Affiliate Advisory Board and as co-chair of the Juvenile Justice Trauma Treatment Training Committee for NCTSN.

Youth Advocate Programs Policy and Advocacy Center publishes "Safely Home"

by ATS Staff on 07/14/14

A new report published by the Youth Advocate Programs Policy and Advocacy Center finds that:

  • More than 8 of 10 youth remained arrest-free and 9 of 10 were at home after completing their community-based programs.
  • Intensive programs based in the community can serve 3 to 4 youth safely for the same cost as incarcerating one child.

Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc. is excited to be partnering with the Connecticut Judicial Branch's Court Support Services Division to provide intensive trauma services to youth enrolled in Connecticut's Children, Youth, and Family Support Centers - community-based programs aimed at providing services to youth engaged in the juvenile justice system in Connecticut. 

To read the full report, click here! 

NEW ARTICLE! *Complex PTSD, affect dysregulation, and borderline personality disorder

by ATS Staff on 07/10/14

Julian Ford and Christine Courtois have published an article, Complex PTSD, affect dysregulation, and borderline personality disorder. 


Complex PTSD (cPTSD) was formulated to include, in addition to the core PTSD symptoms, dysregulation in three psychobiological areas: (1) emotion processing, (2) self-organization (including bodily integrity), and (3) relational security. The overlap of diagnostic criteria for cPTSD and borderline personality disorder (BPD) raises questions about the scientific integrity and clinical utility of the cPTSD construct/diagnosis, as well as opportunities to achieve an increasingly nuanced understanding of the role of psychological trauma in BPD. We review clinical and scientific findings regarding comorbidity, clinical phenomenology and neurobiology of BPD, PTSD, and cPTSD, and the role of traumatic victimization (in general and specific to primary caregivers), dissociation, and affect dysregulation. Findings suggest that BPD may involve heterogeneity related to psychological trauma that includes, but extends beyond, comorbidity with PTSD and potentially involves childhood victimization-related dissociation and affect dysregulation consistent with cPTSD. Although BPD and cPTSD overlap substantially, it is unwarranted to conceptualize cPTSD either as a replacement for BPD, or simply as a sub-type of BPD. We conclude with implications for clinical practice and scientific research based on a better differentiated view of cPTSD, BPD and PTSD.

To read the full article, click here or click on the Publications Tab at the top of the page.