Agency of the Month – I was introduced to Trauma Support Services of North Texas(TSSNT)
in late 2008. After being brutally assaulted by an elder of the church I attended, who had AIDS, I sought out a counseling service that could address my needs. Trauma Support Services of North Texas was able to address all levels and areas of trauma I experienced. Since then Trauma Support Services of North Texas has grown and is recognized in the Dallas Fort Worth Area as a leading service for people who have experienced trauma. It is very fitting that Silent Screams chose Trauma Support Services of North Texas as our first Agency of the Month.
The mission of Trauma Support Services of North Texas is to provide affordable therapy and support services for trauma victims. TSSNT’s primary program, the “Restoring Trauma Survivors” Program, provides individual and group therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. Direct trauma survivors and family members of those whose loved one died traumatically (homicide, suicide, vehicular crashes, drowning, etc.) are served by 4 staff, 8 contract, and 39 volunteer therapists. All TSSNT paid and volunteer therapists have at least a Master’s Degree, are licensed, and carry their own liability insurance. The volunteer therapists see one poverty-level client/family at a time pro bono for TSSNT. In exchange for the donation of their time, TSSNT provides the volunteer therapists 3 hours per month of free trauma therapy education.
During the first 11 months of 2014, TSSNT therapists saw 390 unduplicated clients, a significant increase over the 281 seen in 2013. Most TSSNT clients suffer from traumatic grief, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and depression. Children as young as 3 are served by licensed play therapists. In 2013, TSSNT served 75 children between the ages of 3 and 19. Most were seen for a minimum of six months. About 86% of TSSNT’s clients were children and women, and 51% were racial minorities. In January, 2014, TSSNT initiated its “Beyond Child Trauma Grief” group program through which 65 additional children were assessed and 49 accepted into groups by June 2014. Of the 65 children assessed, 85% were racial minorities. TSSNT has been awarded second year funding to take the group program into schools in Tarrant and Dallas counties.
In addition to its “Restoring Trauma Survivors” program, TSSNT’s “Building a Trauma-Informed Community” program provides monthly trauma trainings with CEUs offered for its own therapists and other in the community and a Speakers Bureau. From January through November, 2014, TSSNT offered 19 trauma trainings that were attended by participants from more than 40 different agencies.
We congratulate Trauma Support Services of North Texas (TSSNT), Silent Screams first Agency of the Month.