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What We Do

TRUE Center increases equitable access to trauma-based training, intervention, and prevention services for children, families, community members, and professionals in the DC metropolitan area.

Current Services

Current Services


It’s common for family members to have questions about their child’s behavior and reactions following a traumatic experience. Programs include caregivers and are most successful with active participation. We can provide a brief assessment to help answer your questions and determine if treatment is recommended.

Child and Family Therapy

Our clinicians are experts in time-limited treatments that have been shown by research to work for children who have experienced trauma. All programs are designed for weekly caregiver attendance and active participation to be most effective.


Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents who have been impacted by trauma. 

Community  & Professional Training

We offer tailored presentations aimed at supporting caregivers and community groups, as well as training presentations and consultations designed for professionals in child-serving systems.


We offer tailored presentations aimed at caregivers and community groups. Each presentation is developed in response to the specific needs of the caregiver or community group requesting it. We can cover a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, trauma education, child abuse awareness and prevention, understanding typical vs. problematic sexual behavior in children, and increasing coping in the face of every day or traumatic stress.


We offer presentations and consultations tailored to professionals in child-serving systems, such as mental health practitioners, educators, child welfare workers, law enforcement, attorneys, and judges.

After School Learning Groups

We are excited to share that we have recently piloted after-school learning groups in partnership with So What Else, a DC-based organization that provides emergency food support and free out-of-school time programming for children in the DC-area.


Are you a community leader or community member who may be interested in partnering with TRUE Center to offer these or similar groups to children in the DC area? If you are interested in learning more please contact our Executive Director, Renee DeBoard-Lucas, Ph.D. at

Community Training

Coming in the Future:

Coming Soon

Immigration-Related Trauma Services

Immigrants who have experienced trauma, fear, and family separation are subject to a variety of psychological stressors and mental health challenges. We offer assessments and interventions to help immigrants heal and thrive.

We offer forensic evaluations to youth and adults seeking asylum, refugee status, T nonimmigrant status, or U nonimmigrant status in the United States. These evaluations are provided by licensed practitioners, with expertise in conducting such testing.


Affordable Services for All

We are committed to helping regardless of the ability to pay. Qualification for the Clinic is determined by your current financial situation and gross combined household income. Insurance is neither required nor accepted at this time.


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