Winter 2019: Children & Adolescents






In this Issue

  • Childhood Trauma & Adult Homelessness

  • Childhood Adversity

  • Ask the Expert: Gayle Dakof, PhD

  • Cyber Bullying

  • ASSERT Treatment Models for Youth





The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Adult Homelessness:

A Literature Review

by Alice Minervino


There are deep, underlying problems that persons experiencing homelessness face, including many that started in childhood. Learn more about how trauma impacts those facing homelessness later in life.


The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity: A Book Review

by Eileen M. Russo, MA, LADC


 As the medical director of Bayview Child Health Center and then CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, Dr. Burke Harris was on a quest to find the antidote to high ACE scores. As a result, she discovered many practices that made a remarkable difference in the lives of her patients




Ask the Experts:

An Interview with Gayle Dakof, PhD

by Emily Aber, LCSW


Dr. Dakof is Director of MDFT-International, a 501(c)(3) public charity that facilitates the dissemination and implementation of Multidimensional Family


Therapy (MDFT), an evidence-based treatment for adolescent substance abuse and other behavioral problems.


Cyber Bullying and its Effects on

Children and Adolescents

by Steve Bistran, MA


Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through short message services, texting and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming sites where people can view, participate in, or share content.


Featured Resource:

ASSERT Treatment Model

by Mary Painter, LCSW, LADC


The ASSERT Treatment Model (ATM) provides youth up to age 21 years old and their families with six months of evidence-based intensive family treatment, medication assisted treatment (MAT), and recovery support services for up to 12 months.



Who’s Been Reading Trauma Matters?

Jillian Gilchrest, MSW, was recently elected to the Connecticut state legislature, serving as state representative for house district 18. She is also the Director of Health and Professional Outreach for CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is a regular trainer at Connecticut Women’s Consortium





Revised 1/10/2019