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The Services Aimed at Fire Education and Treatment for Youth (SAFETY) Program at UPMC's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) offers educational and treatment services for children and adolescents involved with fire or firesetting. This service extends more than 25 years of research designed to evaluate the characteristics, course, history, and treatment of child firesetting, supported, in part, by federal (National Institute of Mental Health) and local (State Farm Insurance) grants. Much of this work has evaluated novel educational and clinical interventions, which are incorporated in our program (Kolko, 2001; Kolko et al., 2009).

This service is available for children and teens who have shown a strong interest in or preoccupation with fire, played with matches, burned property or set a fire, or used incendiary materials or explosives. The program also provides treatment necessary to help with other problems of the youth and the family.

Staff affiliated with the SAFETY Program

David Kolko, Ph.D. ABPP
Program Director
Eunice Torres, MS
Program Coordinator
Julie Zahratka, MSW, LCSW
Treatment Clinician
Hillary Cohen, LSW
Treatment Clinician