Fargo, ND -- The PATH Trauma and Stress Clinic was awarded a grant from the Sky Ranch Foundation in the amount of $10,000. Sky Ranch Foundations, formed in 1961, offers grants to programs that are focused on improving the quality of help available to at-risk youth. The PATH Trauma and Stress Clinic is working to improve lives in the Fargo community, while working to expand services to an additional site in North Dakota and was a perfect match for Sky Ranch Foundation.
The clinic, which opened in November 2017, provides therapy services for children, ages 3-21, and their caregivers, who have experienced stressful or traumatic life events. It is a specialized clinic that focuses on the symptoms impacting the child’s functioning at home, school, or community.
While many children are resilient after a traumatic experience, research shows that childhood trauma, without intervention, is associated with a wide range of negative outcomes in adulthood, including increased physical and mental health issues, substance use, and involvement in the criminal justice system. Ongoing traumatic stress symptoms can include but are not limited to defiance, anxiety, aggression, depression, or substance abuse.
The average length of treatment is approximately 12-25 sessions, with the child and caregiver learning skills to practice outside of therapy. Clinicians at the Path Trauma and Stress Clinic are trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based, therapeutic approach for children who have experienced traumatic stress.
It is the mission of the clinic to be individualized and collaborative, supporting the child in their home and school environments. The clinicians work closely with legal guardians, teachers, special education, foster parents, case managers, and other professionals to increase consistency in responses and interventions for that child.
PATH is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides foster care, adoption, and community-based services in North Dakota and Idaho. PATH is an affiliate of Nexus, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing specialized services to children, youth, and families.