Grief and Trauma Specialty Team
(formerly Child & Adolescent Intensive Treatment Services - CAITS)
Specialized Treatment for Children and Youth
What to Expect When Your Child is Affected by a Trauma
Download a brochure about our Trauma program
Download a brochure about our Complicated Grief program
Gateway Healthcare has developed two specialized
programs to provide intensive
treatment services to children and youth
who have experienced traumatic events or have complicated grief issues. These
evidence-based programs offers trauma and grief
therapy services and psychiatric consultation and
assessment to children and their families.
WHAT IS TRAUMA?
Trauma is defined as any real or perceived lifethreatening
situation. Children often have varied
emotional and physical reactions after experiencing
a trauma that is emotionally painful, distressful or
shocking. If unresolved, there are often lasting mental
and physical effects. The following is a list of the types
of trauma a child can experience:
- Disasters/Events: Disaster or events such as
hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorism, war, victim
of crime, serious car accidents, etc.
- Abuse: This includes sexual, physical and emotional
or verbal abuses and/or witnessing domestic violence.
- Neglect: Neglect is the failure of caregivers to fulfill
their responsibilities to provide needed care.
- Death-related Trauma: A Sudden Death
occurs without any forewarning; it is unexpected. A Traumatic Death, in addition to being sudden, can
also be violent or destructive and may involve many
deaths. Trauma may also occur when the child has
witnessed a long-term illness.
WHERE DOES COMPLICATED GRIEF ARISE?
- A child may experience complicated grief if death loss was sudden, traumatic and violent such as with homicide, suicide and accidents.
- Complicated grief may develop if the child has already had previous multiple losses and/or if the deceased individual was abusive/neglectful to the child.
- A child may also experience complicated grief if there is inadequate or inappropriate support through their social network.
INDIVIDUALIZED THERAPEUTIC SERVICES
Gateway’s services include community and homebased
therapeutic sessions which use play therapy,
cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and
parent education resources. Our highly trained team
of psychiatrists, clinicians and case managers works
with the family and all key stakeholders to develop
an individualized treatment plan based on the family’s
needs. Additionally, Gateway works collaboratively with FRIENDS WAY, Rhode Island's only bereavement center for children to offer peer-to-peer support for bereaved children and their families.
Many of our teams are co-located in several schools
throughout Rhode Island allowing for seamless
and expedient access, as well as efficient care
For more information, admission criteria or to contact us, please
call (401) 729-8701.
For emergency services, call
These specialized programs are funded through Medicaid and the Rhode Island Department of Human Services.