Complex PTSD in Children
"What we really need to do to help these children is not that difficult, its not that hard. Its something that could conceivably be available in every school system, available to every child: someone who can empathically listen to what the child is saying and work towards having them establish an environment of some safety." Joyanna Silberg
This video series describes the assessment tools and therapeutic approaches that the presenters have found most useful in working with complex PTSD in children. The clinicians role in such cases often includes working with parents or guardians as well as children with complex PTSD, and can extend far beyond the therapy room to encompass psychoeducation and advocacy. Released 2001.
Complex PTSD in Children I:
Etiology, Assessment, Advocacy
(#263, 41 min.)
Incidence and Effects of Trauma
Importance of Early Intervention
Assessing the Parents
Evaluating the Children
Roles of the Therapist
Complex PTSD in Children II: Therapeutic Interventions
(#264, 43 min.)
Stabilization and Safety
Establishing Internal Safety
Learning to Talk in Therapy
Working with Parents as Partners
Processing the Trauma
The Use of EMDR
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About the Presenters
Joyanna Silberg, PhD coordinates Trauma Disorder Services for children at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore. She is president of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.
Frances Waters, MSW, LMFT, in private practice in Marquette, MI, has specialized in the field of child abuse for 25 years. She works as an educator, trainer, consultant and clinician in the area of childhood trauma and dissociation.
Alexandra Cook, PhD is Director of Childrens Services for The Trauma Center. She is also co-author of With the Phoenix Rising: Lessons from Ten Resilient Women who Overcame the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Bessel van der Kolk, MD is Medical Director of The Trauma Center, which specializes in the study and treatment of survivors of severe psychological trauma, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University. He is co-author of Traumatic Stress: The Effect of Overwhelming Experiences on Mind, Body and Society.
Jean Bellows, PsyD is co-founder of Trauma Recovery Associates, a private practice in Boston, and is a supervisor at The Trauma Center, where she teaches a course on complex trauma in children.
Diane Englund, LICSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in Brighton, MA, specializing in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and their families. She is also a supervisor for the child team at The Trauma Center.
The Trainer’s Guide
The 72-page trainer’s guide includes objectives, reproducible outlines for note-taking, review and discussion questions, a resource list, a book chapter, and guidelines for evaluation and treatment, described below.
The book chapter is "Parents as Partners in the Treatment of Dissociative Children", by Frances Waters, a chapter in J. Silberg (Ed.), The dissociative child: diagnosis, treatment, management, 2nd Edition, The Sidran Press, 1998. It discusses the challenges of the dissociative child, therapeutic strategies for parents, and child management guidelines.
The guidelines are "Guidelines for the Evaluation and Treatment of Dissociative Symptoms in Children and Adolescents", from Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, Vol.(3) 2000, The Haworth Press, which was produced by the Task Force on Children and Adolescents of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, July, 2000. Subjects include qualifications of child and adolescent practitioners, theoretical basis, trauma assessment, symptom assessment, length and course of treatment, role of the therapist, special cautions, therapeutic goals, and adjunctive treatments.