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The Rise Program

The Rise Program is a therapy-based program for District youth that aims to reduce the impact of trauma and trauma responses that often lead to a decrease in functionality, poor educational outcomes, involvement with the juvenile legal system and child protective agencies, and problematic behaviors (e.g. leaving home without permission, substance use, unintended pregnancies). The Rise Program uses an evidence-based, multi-modal Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) therapy to address trauma while recognizing the needs of the caregiver who plays an important supportive role.


  1. Six to eight months of individual trauma-focused therapy with a licensed clinician
  2. Family therapy sessions to complement therapeutic goals (as needed)
  3. Linkage to long-term health and wellness services
  4. Short-term case management support for caregivers and connection to community-based services
  5. Youth enrichment services such as mentoring, tutoring, music lessons, and restorative justice
  6. Parental support services through the Nurturing Ourselves Empowering Each Other (NOVEE) Group

District youth eligible for The Rise Program services include: 

  1. Transition Age Youth (TAY) from 12 to 24 years of age
  2. Youth with a DC DHS Youth Service Division program affiliation
  3. Youth who have experienced acute or complex trauma
  4. Youth who can commit to weekly in-person sessions


Referrals can be made by using the Rise Referral form 
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: (202) 698-4334 
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:15 am-4:45 pm 
Contact TTY: 711