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Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy

Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) is an educational and therapeutic approach for the prevention and treatment of complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Developed by Julian D. Ford, PhD, TARGET provides a practical skill set that can be used by trauma survivors and family members to de-escalate and regulate extreme emotional states, to manage intrusive trauma memories in daily life, and to restore the capacity for information processing and autobiographical memory.

The model has been rigorously evaluated and found effective with 11-18 year olds in a variety of settings, and is also used in practice with school-aged youth as young as 5 with very good results.

This treatment model is used in various Village programs, as part of the Collaborative Trauma Center.