Compass Health Center to launch Young Adult & Adult Virtual Trauma Program in Response to National Demand Increase


Behavioral Health Center Opens Adult Virtual Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programming for individuals ages 18 and older. 



Chicago, Illinois, January 27, 2023

According to an October 2021 survey by the American Psychological Association, psychologists reported significant increases in demand for trauma and stress-related disorder treatment. Trauma-related treatment demands have risen to 62%, up from 50% in 2020.  

“We have noticed over the past several years that due to global events and the social-political landscape that more people are coming in contact with trauma. In addition, these events often exacerbate trauma symptoms for those who have a history of trauma,” said Laura Rusch, PhD, Senior Director, Young Adult & Adult Programming, compass Health Center – Northbrook. “The increase in demand is also impacted by the de-stigmatization of mental health more broadly, which will ideally lead to people seeking treatment sooner. Compass has both virtual and on-site options to meet the needs of our patients in whatever way is most accessible for them.” 

Compass Health Center has developed Virtual Trauma Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs for young adults and adults to help meet the increased need for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) mental health treatment. With clinical outcomes equivalent to in-person care, Compass’s virtual programming integrates interventions from evidence-based modalities that best support each patient’s needs and treatment goals. These programs will benefit individuals who have experienced trauma and find that symptoms are holding them back from a meaningful and value-aligned life.  

Director of Young Adult and Adult Virtual Programs at Compass, Stacy Prokopios, LCSW, explains, Specialized trauma treatment is essential to healing and it looks different for everyone.  It helps individuals learn how to identify skills to cope, learn how to think about the world and their response to it, learn how to identify the effects of trauma have impacted them, and how to improve their quality of life.” 

The goal of these programs is to give patients the tools they need to cope effectively in a sustainable way. Prokopios adds, “Compass’s customized treatment plans are tailored to the needs of each individual and adapted as needed over the course of treatment. Program participants work with therapists who specialize in trauma. This individualized approach to treatment supports people in moving towards achieving a meaningful and functional life.” 

Compass’s Virtual Trauma Programs are recommended for individuals that have experienced any of the following traumas: 

  • Childhood, emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse or neglect  
  • Sexual assault  
  • Interpersonal or domestic violence trauma  
  • Unexpected loss  
  • Physical assault  
  • Bullying 
  • Exposure to violence  
  • Racial trauma or racism/discrimination 
  • Any other traumatic experiences  

Individuals participating in the Virtual Trauma Program can log in from the comfort of their homes, which assists in reducing barriers to treatment for those who do not live near an onsite location, do not have transportation to travel to an onsite location, or are limited by scheduling constraints. 

Quick access to care is essential for successful outcomes when an individual needs treatment. This is why Compass strives to schedule intakes within 24 hours of the patient’s initial phone call, and they receive a psychiatric evaluation within 48 hours of starting a program. 

Compass Health Center can be reached by phone at (844) 552-0242, or at


Press release published initially in Patch IL.

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Britt Teasdale
Associate Director, Brand Management, Compass Health Center
Phone 216-926-0550

Brittney Teasdale

Associate Director of Brand Management