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A team of experts from UMDNJ’s Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute made news when they co-authored “Helping Families Heal,” a book designed to help children who have been physically abused.
UMDNJ has long been a leader in raising the standard of care for children who have experienced abuse. The CARES Institute at SOM provides medical and mental health services to children who have experienced physical and sexual abuse, neglect and violence. CARES researchers have developed evidence-based models to treat these children and their families. Through interactive sessions, participants who are referred due to child physical abuse learn to communicate more effectively and strengthen family relationships. Therapists help children heal from the abuse they have experienced, and parents learn to manage their emotions and provide discipline without resorting to coercive and violent strategies.
The Institute has also taken its expertise outside the state’s borders, training thousands of mental health professionals in the U.S., Australia and several Scandinavian countries. In a current project in Sweden, Runyon has provided training to mental health professionals in four cities. A study will compare outcomes of the American model to the standard of care for families at risk for child physical abuse in Sweden.