Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows Are Becoming Trauma-Informed

Child & adolescent psychiatry fellows at Duke have a unique opportunity to develop expertise in trauma-informed approaches and care through a partnership between the Center for Child and Family Health, the North Carolina Child Treatment Program and Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

In a rotation developed by Duke psychiatrist Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH, and social worker Donna Potter, MSW, two fellows per year receive rigorous training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). In addition to attending weekly training sessions, the fellows see patients who have experienced trauma and participate in an intensive TF-CBT learning collaborative with clinicians across the state. They also receive weekly coaching, consultation and clinical supervision co-led by Angela Tunno, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and clinical associate Stephanie Hargrove, PhD, a recent graduate of the Duke clinical psychology doctoral internship.

Fellows are eligible to be added to the TF-CBT national roster upon completing the training and fully implementing the model with three patients.

TF-CBT training has given me tools to help patients process and understand traumatic events and heal parts of themselves that they have tried so hard to keep in the dark. With the guidance of amazing supervisors, trauma-focused therapy has taught me to skillfully and gradually shine light into the darkness.
Samantha Salem, MD, 2nd-year Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow