Kempe Child Trauma Program

The primary goal of the Kempe Child Trauma Program is to bring evidence-based, culturally-informed mental health treatment to children who have experienced trauma and their families.  We do this by (1) providing clinical service, (2) training professionals and parents, and (3) conducting community-based research on intervention development, dissemination, and implementation. 

We collaborate with community partners throughout Colorado, including the Denver Department of Human Services and Aurora Mental Health Center. We also collaborate with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to increase dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices (EBP) for child trauma throughout the United States.

Please contact to stay informed about upcoming community trainings in TF-CBT and get on the training announcement list.

Take the free TF-CBT web course here:

The Child Trauma Clinic provides mental health treatment to children (birth to 18) and families who have experienced trauma or other difficult life events. We offer comprehensive assessment of the child and provide evidence-based treatments that have been proven to work. These treatments improve children’s mental health and build their developmental competencies (e.g., emotion regulation, coping skills, healthy parent-child relationships).  They are family-based, short-term, and goal-oriented. We offer clinic-based and in-home services, including services in Spanish.

Who do we serve?  Children and families referred to our clinic have often experienced difficult life events such as pediatric illness/injury, child abuse and neglect, family conflict, divorce, and/or traumatic grief and loss.  Presenting problems often include posttraumatic stress symptoms, anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, and school difficulties.

Evidence-based interventions used include:

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Alternatives for Families:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)
  • A Family Focused Emotion Communication Training Program (AFFECT)

Trauma Program Contact:
Monica Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Child Trauma Program Goal

The overall goal of the Kempe Child Trauma Program is to raise the standard of care for children and families who have experienced trauma and bring trauma-informed, culturally-appropriate mental health treatment and related services to children and families who have experienced trauma.

We focus on multiple types of trauma including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, medical trauma/ accidental injury, traumatic grief and refugee/ immigration trauma.

The Gary Pavilion at Children's Hospital Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus | 13123 E. 16th Ave., B390 | Aurora, CO 80045


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