Children & P.T.S.D.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In Children & Teens

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a major trauma. Children and teens with PTSD can have a number of symptoms after a trauma.

A Model for Treating Traumatized Children and Families.

Relationship building and information gathering regarding the trauma.

The Therapist describes the purpose and the process for treating children and family members who have been traumatized.

Assessment of the child and the child’s family.

The Therapist gathers information regarding the family structure, childhood experiences, medical, social and psychological and addiction patterns, any previous traumatic experiences.

Trauma Interview.

The Therapist facilities the child’s telling of the traumatic experience through drawings or role-playing. The Therapist encourages specific attention to details including the sights,sounds, smells and accountability for the events.

Identification of treatment issues: (Issues are always identified for the child which will need to be addressed such as difficulty coping with nightmares, physiological or impulse control.)

Treatment issues are identified for the family, including management of their Child's post-trauma consequences. A new book on traumatized children based on my many years experience as a Youth Justice Officer looking at how trauma can influence children becoming anti-social and getting involved in criminal activity and also therefore the influence of gangs and how they become the family substitute will be published soon.

This Center is also intended to be a specialist service to assist any children and their parents who have any behavioural problems associated with A.D.H.D and also P.T.S.D or also A.D.D. This will be a specialist hypnotherapy service aimed at children and delivered by a Enhanced C.R.B. holder and staff. They will also be looking at many other behavioural problems including substance misuse and associated problems.

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This system will be a three level assessment system and also performance monitoring that will record the practice used and then assessed against a list of performance monitoring stages.

There has been a new article on the subject of E.M.D.R. and children published in the B.A.C.P. Journal April 20XX edition, written by Ms Joanne Morris Smith. I am fully supportive of the idea of using E.M.D.R. with children as I have found by my own experience that using this method of treating children with trauma and also the use of E.F.T. as well, has proved to be very effective.

Quote - "E.M.D.R. is a particularly powerful psychotherapy and can bring very rapid and substantial changes for children and adolescents. One of the main things is that children find it easy to relate to the structured nature of the protocol which is adapted to meet their developmental needs and the use of alternating bilateral stimulation. This protocol enables them to become pro-active in their own treatment because it focuses on issues that are of concern to them rather than issues about them that are of concern to the adults in their world. I find that once children have experienced the relief that E.M.D.R. therapy brings for one problem, then they are more than willing to take ownership of the process. It is not uncommon to find children as young as five years of age coming into the next E.M.D.R. session, sitting down and stating what they want to work on. The nature of the therapy enables their problems to be unfolded at their pace of the child and to be processed uniquely for their needs. I am often struck by the amazing things children invent for themselves in their own processing to help with own problems. For example, one child conjured up a machine that could destroy flashbacks by systematically blasting each picture, frame by frame."

Having found some interesting video clips on the subject of Traumatized children, here is a small selection on the subjects that are available.

Self-regulation & Brain Development

Dr. Regalena Reggie Melrose is the author of several books including, You Can Heal Your Child, A Guide for Parents of Misdiagnosed, Stressed, Traumatized, and Otherwise Misunderstood Children (2009).

Healing Stress & Trauma: Safety, Boundaries.

Children & P.T.S.D.