• What makes TARGET unique among traumatic stress interventions?

    • TARGET is the only psychological treatment that explains in strength based, every day language the biological as well as psychological changes caused by stress and trauma.

    • TARGET provides the unique “FREEDOM”self-regulation skill set, and uses this to involve clients as equal partners in recovery.

    • TARGET does not require “exposure” (trauma memory recall) therapy but can serve as a preparation for safe and therapeutic trauma memory work.

    • TARGET is designed to be readily integrated with other evidence-based interventions for stressed or traumatized adults, adolescents, and families.

    • TARGET is present centered and immediately available for practice.

  • Where is TARGET being used?

    TARGET has been disseminated in the juvenile justice system in the states of Connecticut, Ohio, and Maine, and in the child welfare system in Illinois.

    In Connecticut, 30 detention, residential, and community-based programs have implemented TARGET groups for adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system.

    In Maine, TARGET is being implemented in Department of Corrections residential and probation programs for juvenile justice-involved youth.

    TARGET is being implemented in the Illinois child welfare system in a statewide Permanency Innovations Initiative with system of care provider agencies whose therapists provide in-home services working with children in foster care and their biological and foster parents.

    TARGET has been field-tested in mental health and addiction agencies, domestic violence shelters and programs, child guidance clinics, children’s psychiatric hospitals, juvenile justice detention centers and probation offices, women’s prisons, and group homes.

    TARGET has been used in all levels of care for adults and children and has been piloted in school.

  • Where can I learn more about TARGET?

    You can contact us here, email us directly at info@advancedtrauma.com, or call the ATS Pro office at 860-269-8663.

    More information on TARGET can be found in the following places:

    • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (www.nctsn.org)

    • The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (www.cebc4cw.org)

    • The RAND Corporation Gulf States Policy Institute (www.rand.org)

    • NREPP: SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

    • The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (www.CrimeSolutions.gov)

    • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide (www.OJJDP.gov)

    • Children Exposed to Violence Evidence-Based Guide (www.safestartcenter.org)

  • Has TARGET been manualized?

    TARGET manuals, handouts, wall posters, and other teaching tools have been organized and designed to engage clients in treatment and assist group, individual, and family treatment providers to guide participants through the FREEDOM Steps.


    Written in simple language and organized session by session, these materials provide step-by-step instructions, discussion guides, scripts, and activities to make individual and group sessions interesting and engaging learning experiences.

    Manuals are available for adult and adolescent treatment in both individual and group modalities, and for home-based family treatment.

  • Has TARGET been translated into Spanish?

    TARGET has been translated into Spanish according to the guidelines for cultural and linguistic translation outlined in Translation of English Materials to Spanish, National Child Traumatic Stress Network Culture and Trauma Briefs, v1 n3, April 2006, Luis Flores, M.A.