COMTREA and Washington University are working together to reduce violence among young girls with a histories of maltreatment - GAIN (Girls Aspiring toward INdependence).
Despite the strong empirical evidence that girls with histories of maltreatment are at greater risk than other adolescents of engaging in youth violence and interpersonal violence as adults, there are no reports of violence prevention programs tailored to this population.
The overarching aim of this research study is to advance knowledge of both trauma treatment and violence prevention by adapting an evidence-based approach, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), for the unique needs of adolescent girls with histories of maltreatment.
The GAIN Program
GAIN is a cognitive behavioral intervention for trauma for adolescent girls (ages 12 to 18) with histories of maltreatment and involvement in the child welfare system.
The GAIN intervention includes: a 10-session therapeutic group, 2 individual sessions and 2 caregiver sessions. GAIN group therapy sessions target:
Reduction of trauma symptoms through psycho-education about common reactions to trauma.
Replacing maladaptive coping strategies with healthy coping skills.
Reducing aggressive/violent behaviors, intentions, and beliefs by challenging negative thoughts.
Increasing self-efficacy and social problem-solving skills by building peer support.
Preventing future interpersonal violence and maltreatment by learning how to deal with real-life problems.
For more information about the GAIN program, contact April Schutz, MSW, Project Coordinator, at (314) 935-3327 or
. You can also download the GAIN referral form and informational flyer.