Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents

By: Judith A. Cohen MD, Anthony P. Mannarino, Esther Deblinger

Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents

This is one of the first books to present a systematic treatment approach, grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy, for traumatized children and their families. Provided is a comprehensive framework for assessing posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and other symptoms; developing a flexible, individualized treatment plan; and working collaboratively with children and parents to build core skills in such areas as affect regulation and safety. Specific guidance is offered for responding to different types of traumatic events, with an entire section devoted to grief-focused components. Also addressed are ways to tailor treatment to children's varying developmental levels and cultural backgrounds. Useful appendices feature resources, reproducible handouts, and information on obtaining additional training.

The authors' approach, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), has been developed over 20 years and has been nationally recognized as an exemplary evidence-based program. TF-CBT was given an "Exemplary Program Award" in 2001 and recognition as a Model Program since 2003 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In 2004 it was named a Best Practice by the Kauffmann Best Practices Task Force of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and was given the highest classification for an evidence-based practice by the U.S. Department of Justice sponsored report, "Child Physical and Sexual Abuse: Guidelines for Treatment."

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