TCSI’s GIFT and Boost Programs are mental health initiatives that has made a tremendous difference in the outcomes of juvenile justice involved youth in Harris County. As a part of the NCTSN Learning Collaborative, TCSI is one of only 30 organizations nationwide that has received specialized training in Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCT-A), adapted for juvenile justice settings. TGCT-A has been specifically designed for adolescents whose histories of polyvictimization, community violence exposure, and traumatic grief put them at high risk for severe persisting distress, functional impairment and developmental disruption.
With its training in TGCT-A, TCSI screens HCJPD youth for exposure to traumatic events and concurrent traumatic stress, grief and depression symptoms and designs individualized treatment plans for those who show evidence of such trauma based issues. Those needing longer term treatment are referred to TCSI’s residential program where they receive 24 weeks of group therapy that provides a supportive social atmosphere where traumatic experiences can be disclosed, explored and reinterpreted and effective coping skills can be learned and practiced.
The treatment program for the boys, BOOST, is funded by a generous grant from SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.