Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Welcome to the CYFTRR

A member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery (CYFTRR) was founded in 2009 in order to offer the most effective treatments for children, adolescents and their families who are suffering from symptoms of traumatic stress and other difficulties after exposure to violence, crime and abuse.

The Center provides a range of interventions for children and their families and addresses the physical and psychological symptoms. In addition, we assist families to cope with many of the related issues that frequently occur in the aftermath of traumatic events. We are the only provider in the Philadelphia area that offers an effective early intervention for youth who have had a recent traumatic experience as well as treatments for youth with existing PTSD and post-traumatic difficulties. 

We treat patients at Pennsylvania Hospital's Hall Mercer Community Mental Health Center (245 S. 8th Street) and at 3535 Market Street.

Please click here for map and directions to our office locations.

CYFTRR in the News

Trauma and Recovery: Tips for Talking with Children About the Connecticut School Tragedy

Steven Berkowitz, MD, director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, outlines some strategies for helping children and teens process their feelings in the aftermath of the Connecticut school tragedy.

Perspective on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy

In continuing coverage, Steven Berkowitz, MD, director, Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, spoke with WHYY’s “Radio Times” about the psychological ramifications of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.