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Steven Berkowitz, MD is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry where he arrived this September, 2009 after 15 years on the faculty at the Yale University Child Study Center. At Yale he was the Director of Child Community Services and Deputy Director of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence and the State of Connecticut's Intensive In Home Child and Adolescent Service IICAPS.
Currently, Dr. Berkowitz is the Director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery. His main focus has been on the development of interventions for children living in psycho-social adversity especially in the area childhood trauma with a focus on Crisis and Early Intervention.
Dr. Berkowitz is the primary developing a brief secondary prevention intervention, the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). In a randomized clinical trial, it reduced PTSD in children ages 7-17 by 69%. CFTSI has been replicated at Safehorizon's four Child Advocacy Centers in New York City, where approximately 500 children and their families have received CFTSI. He is currently working with a number of Agencies and Institutions in Philadelphia to implement CFTSI.
In addition, Dr. Berkowitz is a nationally recognized expert on police-mental health collaborations and was one of the architects of the Child Development-Community Policing Program, a model that was replicated in 15 communities throughout the U.S. He has written, lectured and taught extensively in the area of childhood trauma and its treatment. He is a contributor to the Psychological First Aid Manual for Disaster Response sponsored by SAMHSA and a co-author of the published Skills for Recovery Manual, which is intended to be used in the weeks and months after a Disaster. In addition, he was a developer of the In-home Intensive Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service (IICAPS), which was designed for children and youth at high risk of institutionalization due to multiple risk factors including chronic adverse experience. This program (PHIICAPS) is currently being piloted in Philadelphia.
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