Primary Children's Hospital

(801) 662-1000Map100 Mario Capecchi Dr.Salt Lake City, UT 84113

  • Primary Children's Center for Safe and Healthy Families

    • 81 N. Mario Capecchi Dr., Level 4
    • Salt Lake City, UT
    • Main Number: 801-662-3600
  • Primary Children's Hospital

    • 100 N. Mario Capecchi Dr.
    • Salt Lake City, UT
    • Main Number: 801-662-1000

Child Abuse and Neglect (Prevention and Treatment)

The mission of Primary Children's Center for Safe and Healthy Families is to address child maltreatment through medical assessment, mental health treatment, education, and research.

Service provided under the direction of Primary Children's Hospital. Physicians are faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine.

The treatment team uses evidence-based treatment models, primarily Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

A clinic-based individual, short-term treatment that involves individual sessions with the child and parent as well as joint parent and child sessions. The goal of TF-CBT is to help address the needs of children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or other problems related to traumatic life experiences, and their parents or primary caregivers. Children and parents are provided knowledge and skills related to processing the trauma; managing distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and enhancing safety, parenting skills, and family communication. Treatment results in improvements in PTSD symptoms as well as in depression, anxiety, behavior problems, sexualized behaviors, trauma-related shame, interpersonal trust, and social competence.

Essential components of TF-CBT include:

  • Establishing and maintaining therapeutic relationship with child and parent
  • Psycho-education about childhood trauma and PTSD
  • Emotional regulation skills
  • Individualized stress management skills
  • Connecting thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to the trauma
  • Assisting the child in sharing a verbal, written, or artistic narrative about the trauma
  • Encouraging gradual in vivo exposure to trauma reminders, if appropriate
  • Cognitive and affective processing of the trauma experiences
  • Education about healthy interpersonal relationships
  • Parental treatment components including parenting skills
  • Joint parent-child sessions to practice skills and enhance trauma-related discussions
  • Personal safety skills training
  • Coping with future trauma reminders 

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

An evidence-based treatment model with step-by-step, live-coached sessions with both the parent/caregiver and the child. Parents learn skills through PCIT didactic sessions, and, using a transmitter and receiver system, the parent/caregiver is coached in specific skills as he or she interacts in specific play with the child. Generally, the therapist provides the coaching from behind a one-way mirror. The emphasis is on changing negative parent/caregiver-child patterns. The goals of treatment include these:

  • An improvement in the quality of the parent-child relationship
  • A decrease in child behavior problems with an increase in pro-social behaviors
  • An increase in parenting skills including positive discipline
  • A decrease in parenting stress


Medical Director: Antoinette Laskey, MD
Administrative Director: Julie Bradshaw, LCSW
Office Supervisor: Susan Stewart

Medical Providers:

Kristine Campbell, MD
Antoinette Laskey, MD
Karen Hansen, MD
Brooks Keeshin, MD
Julie Bradshaw, LCSW, Administrative Director
Susan Stewart, Office Supervisor 


Brian Thorn, PhD
Ryan Grant, LCSW
Keeley Mendenhall, LCSW
Amy Oxman, LCSW
Giulianna Garcia, CSW
Lindsay Shepard, CSW

Intake Coordinators:

Kari Cunningham, BSW
Sara Bybee, LCSW

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