Primary Children's Center for Safe and Healthy Families
- 675 East 500 South
- 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.
Medical Director: Antoinette Laskey, MD
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
Kristine Campbell, MD
Antoinette Laskey, MD
Lori Frasier, MD
Karen Hansen, MD
Bruce Herman, MD
Julie Bradshaw, LCSW, Administrative Director
Brian Thorn, PhD
Brian Allen, Psy.D.
Keeley Mendenhall, LCSW
Amy Oxman, LCSW
Amy Spratling, LPC
Kari Cunningham, BSW
Sara Jackson, MSW
Emergency services are provided at Primary Children's main campus.
Outpatient counseling takes place at the Center's Downtown Clinic.