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Singapore Government

Centre for Trauma Recovery (CTR)

CTR Vision

To be a renowned trauma centre for the healing and recovery of children, youth and families.

CTR Mission

To improve the mental health and well-being of traumatised children, youth and their families, by delivering effective and evidenced-based psychological interventions, and building a trauma-informed society through the embodiment of trauma-informed principles

What we do:

  1. Provide assessments and treatments for child and youth victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, and their families, so as to aid in their recovery.
  2. Provide treatment for parents/caregivers who have physically abused their children.
  3. Provide specialised training for staff and community partners in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and trauma.
  4. Partner with community agencies to expand the provision of treatment and support services for victims and families.
  5. Conduct treatment efficacy research for CTR programmes, as well as collaborative research with external agencies, so as to improve local knowledge and understanding of child abuse and trauma.
  6. Develop best practice guidelines of professional psychological management of child physical, emotional and sexual abuse in Singapore.

Specialised Treatment Programmes

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT): A conjoint child and parent programme for children and adolescents who have experienced significant emotional and behavioural difficulties related to traumatic life events
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP): A psychotherapeutic treatment method for families that have children with symptoms of emotional disorders, including complex trauma and disorders of attachment
  • Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P): A parenting and family support system designed to prevent and treat behavioural and emotional problems in children and teenagers.

Ongoing Research

Programme evaluation of TFCBT, DDP and Triple P

Profiling of CTR clients

  • Risk of sexual revictimisation
  • Closed versus open group treatments

Talks and Training

  • Investigative interviewing of children
  • Childhood trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Parenting and child behavior management
  • Physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • Attachment and bonding
  • Child sexualised behaviours
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Managing disclosure
  • Self-care and burnout