The Einstein Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) provides intensive follow-up care to young people ages 14-30 who have been treated in the emergency department for injuries related to violence. The program aims to help these patients recover from the substantial social and psychological effects of violence. Further, since being a victim of violence is a significant risk factor for being involved in violence in the future - either as a repeat victim or even as a perpetrator - the program hopes to intervene and assist young people who are at risk of future involvement in violence, and thus prevent the spread of violence in the community.
A Commitment to Trauma Intervention
Starting with the initial injury and continuing for up to nine months afterwards, TIP team members meet with clients on a regular basis to identify their needs and to connect them with services to support their recovery. The team works with clients on basic needs such as:
- Coordinating medical follow-up
- Health benefits
- Housing and legal help
- Support groups where clients can meet others who have been through similar situations
- Educational needs and job services to advance life goals and build hope for the future
Throughout this process, the TIP team also provides trauma-informed counseling to help clients cope with the psychological effects of violence, working closely with Einstein’s Department of Behavioral Health to provide more intensive care for issues such as depression, substance abuse, or post-traumatic stress symptoms. TIP also has a strong partnership with Philadelphia CeaseFire. Ceasefire’s onsite Hospital Responders intervene in real time to de-escalate conflict help us engage victims of violence. Through vital collaboration with our partners, we strive towards a goal of building safer, healthier communities.