Trauma confers risk for many psychological difficulties among adults and children. Families who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) may have unique mental health needs because multiple family members have experienced risk due to trauma exposure (either directly or indirectly) and this experience may impact the protective factor of positive parent and child relationships. Currently available therapeutic services target either adult PTS symptoms or child PTS symptoms and the parent-child relationship. This narrow focus provides suboptimal care for families impacted by IPV. A three-pronged treatment approach targeting adult PTS symptoms, child PTS symptoms, and the parent-child relationship may improve psychological functioning for adults and children by reducing PTS and enhancing the parent-child relationship, which can serve as a protective factor. Drawing from existing evidence-based models, this presentation introduces the Two Generation Approach for Trauma (2G4T), a hybrid service modality by which adults and children can access comprehensive care together.
Boniface, R. L., & Grassetti, S. N. (2021). A Theoretical Foundation Introducing an Innovative Service Delivery Model for Families Impacted by Intimate Partner Violence. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/psych_stuwork/14