Treating Violence Exposure: A Case Study Using Community and Evidenced-Based Practices in Chicago 

Sarah Pekoc, MA,  The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Jaleel Abdul-Adil, PhD, UIC-Chicago, Alvin D Farmer Jr, PhD, UIC

Research has demonstrated that violence exposure is linked to various disruptive behavior disorders in youth. Interventions focused in violence exposure have been developed for youth who present with disruptive behaviors. This poster will present an exemplar case from the Disruptive Behavior Clinic (DBC) at UIC-Chicago, which provides manualized family systems interventions to violence-exposed families of color. The featured case will illustrate the challenges of working with violence-exposed families (including additional stressors), clinical presentations, as well their improvement and responses to this evidence-based treatment which is part of a university based outpatient clinic that uses a community focused ecological approach.

Keywords: violence exposure, low-income, youth, trauma, family-systems

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