Grief and Trauma Services

Project LAST (Loss and Survival Team) provides crisis intervention and/or therapeutic services to children and families who have been impacted by a traumatic event (natural disaster, motor vehicle accident, etc.), as well as those who have lost a loved one or witnessed and/or been a victim of violence. Project LAST offers individual, family and group interventions.

Children’s Bureau’s social workers are trained in an evidence-based 10-week Grief and Trauma Intervention (GTI)* developed by the Children’s Bureau after many years of working with New Orleans area children and youth.

Children ages birth to 17 are eligible. Project LAST services are community-based and take place in homes, schools and other community locations.

*The GTI developed by the Children’s Bureau has been reviewed for and placed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. The GTI has been shown to be effective in decreasing PTSD, depressive symptoms, traumatic grief, and global distress from pre-treatment to post-treatment and that these decreases are maintained 3 and 12 months after the intervention has ended (Salloum and Overstreet, 2012).