Roundup: Brief therapy heals trauma in kids; a cautionary tale for child protective services

One of the issues that many pediatricians and family practitioners have in screening for child trauma is the lack of effective treatment for the child. Jane Brody did a terrific post on the New York Times Well blog about a therapy that significantly reduces post traumatic stress symptoms in just four to six structured sessions that involve the caregiver and the child, together and apart.

The treatment is called Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). It was developed by Steven R. Marans, professor of psychiatry at Yale University and director of the Childhood Violent Trauma Clinic at Yale School of Medicine’s  Child Study Center, Dr. Steven J. Berkowitz, now a child psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Carla Smith Stover, an assistant professor at Yale’s Child Study Center. They published results of the therapy in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology in 2010 (online) and in print (June 2011).

The children completing the intervention were 65 percent less likely than those in the comparison group to have developed full-blown post-traumatic stress disorder and 73 percent less likely to experience partial or full post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers said.

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