SPARCS Training at Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital

We had the pleasure of hosting Angel Knoverek, PhD, LCPC, ACS and Thomas Donovan, MA, LCPC for a SPARCS workshop presented to Chicago Public Schools earlier this week.

SPARCS stands for Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress. This workshop is being implemented throughout CPS to enhance trauma-focused services available to traumatized children and adolescents.

SPARCS is a group intervention that was specifically designed to address the needs of chronically traumatized adolescents who may still be living with ongoing stress and are experiencing problems in several areas of functioning.

These areas include difficulties with affect regulation and impulsivity, self-perception, relationships, somatization, dissociation, numbing and avoidance, and struggles with their own purpose and meaning in life as well as worldviews that make it difficult for them to see a future for themselves.

Overall goals of the program are to help teens cope more effectively in the moment, enhance self-efficacy, connect with others and establish supportive relationships, cultivate awareness, and create meaning.

For more information about SPARCS,  Click here.