Adaptive Intervention Model – AIM

AIM specializes in childhood complex trauma. We serve children via individual, family, and group interventions. Therapists specialize in trauma-based treatment with enhanced emphasis on coordination with the CFT team for improved outcomes.

AIM uses a salutogenic approach. We recognize that often one approach cannot meet the complex needs of this population and we must recognize the importance of interception. We believe a mind body intervention encourages regulation while supporting concepts of safety, trust, intimacy, healthy power/control and esteem via evidenced based treatment interventions. We use a variety of therapeutic interventions to adapt to the client’s current clinical presentation. These interventions include: CBT, TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Directive and Non-Directive Play Therapy, Sand Tray, EMDR, Art therapy, DBT skills, STARS, Animal Assisted Therapy, Seeking Safety, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Somatic Based Interventions.

Sessions strengthen individual and family functioning, improve coping skills, and increase pro-social behavior and problem-solving abilities to achieve increased self-sufficiency.  Specific intervention techniques are integrated with the client’s needs, strengths and cultural perspective.  The frequency and duration of individual counseling sessions is determined in collaboration with the client and external team as appropriate. Session duration is once a week, 60 to 90 minute sessions.


  • 6-17 years old
  • Enrolled in one of the following health plans: Banner University, Molina Mercy Care ACC and Mercy Care RBHA
  • Is not in need of detoxification or experiencing active substance addiction requiring medical intervention
  • Is able to benefit from the treatment modalities offered by the clinical staff members of the program
  • Is not considered to be an active danger to self or others requiring a higher level of care
  • Is appropriate for the level of intervention provided

To refer a client for the Life Skills Program, send the following documents to BHReferral@hcs-az.org:

•Direct Service Referral form with up to date contact information

• Direct Service Referral to includes a psychoeducational code for skill sessions (1-4x/month)
• Initial Assessment/ Annual Psychological Evaluation including current diagnosis and BHP signature
• CFT or provider Service Plan with parent/ guardian signature identifying the need for Life Skills Training
• Strengths, Needs, Cultural Discovery (if one has been completed)
• Crisis Plan (if one has been completed)