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Family PEACE Program

Faculty Leader/ Medical Director: Mary McCord, MD, MPH

Program Manager: Cynthia Arreola, LMSW

(212) 491-2326

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The Family PEACE (Promoting, Education, Advocacy, Collaboration, and Empowerment) Program is dedicated to improving the safety and well-being of mothers and children who have been exposed to violence in their homes. To address the effects of domestic violence on children and on mothers’ parenting, the FPP combines several evidence-based intervention models to create an integrated treatment program for mothers and children aged zero to fifteen (0-15) living with domestic violence.

Children aged zero to five (0-5) and their mothers receive Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), children aged six to twelve (6-12) participate in the Kids’ Club while their mothers participate in a Parenting Group that runs concurrently with the children’s group, and teens aged thirteen to fifteen (13-15) participate in a twelve week group. 

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Mission/ Goals:

  • Improve the safety and well-being of mothers and children who have been exposed to violence in their homes
  • Foster stronger parent-child bonds
  • Improve coping strategies
  • Provide developmental guidance
  • Prevent the intergenerational transmission of violence and trauma.

Outcomes/ Results:

  • Over 425 families treated since inception of program.
  • Over 1000 hospital staff, including medical providers, social workers and interns, has been trained on domestic violence, its impact on children, and how to effectively screen patients.
Links

Family PEACE Program - CUMC Community Pediatrics site 

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Discipline: Public Health & Medicine

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