Did you know that “trauma” effects majority of children at some point in their lives? Studies show that 60 percent of children were exposed to trauma at least once during childhood. Trauma could encompass a variety of things including: violent events; sexual trauma; witnessing a trauma that caused or could have caused death or severe injury; learning about a traumatic event involving a loved one; and other traumas such as diagnosis with a serious illness, serious injury, or fire. Research proves that trauma is more common than previously thought. But how do we move forward from the struggles that childhood drama can bring? Below are some treatment options that may fit your child’s needs.

Immediate Actions

There are intervention methods you can practice immediately following a traumatic event that your child may have been exposed to. Here are the methods to consider:

  • Provide support so that the child and family feel safe and secure
  • Advocate a supportive role by caregivers and others
  • Maintain healthy relationships with the child’s primary caregivers and other close relatives/friends
  • Reduce unnecessary secondary exposures & separations
  • Help ease the child to return to typical routines (such as school) as soon as possible
  • Facilitate open but not forced communication with the child about his/her reactions to the traumatic event
  • Focus on constructive responses
  • Explain to child in developmentally appropriate terms
  • Encourage and support help-seeking behaviors
  • Create a supportive milieu for the spectrum of reactions and different courses of recovery
  • Monitor and/or refer child for a clinical trauma evaluation

Further Actions

You should never hesitate to seek professional help for your child. Seeking appropriate treatment for childhood trauma means doing your research and getting your child properly evaluated. In terms of treatment, here are a few things your health care provider may suggest:

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): This type of therapy targets the symptoms that follow a child experiencing trauma. This is a limited-time type of intervention that typically lasts about 6 months. Research shows that TF-CBT has the ability to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The mission of this therapy is to teach children ways to cope with their emotions and to regulate their responses to traumatic memories in a healthier way.

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS): Children spend most of their time during the day at school. The school setting has a critical responsibility of providing health and behavioral health services. This type of therapeutic intervention is the same as the therapy discussed above, it just happens in the school setting. For a child to overcome their trauma, it Is important that they feel safe and supported in the place that they spend most of their time.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): This is a cognitive behavioral treatment approach that’s main objective is to blend behavior and problem-solving strategies with acceptance-based strategies. Here are the five components of DBT:

  1. Skills training
  2. Individual behavior treatment plans
  3. Access to therapist outside of clinical setting
  4. Structuring of their environment
  5. Therapist team consultation group

Solstice Residential Treatment Center can help

Solstice Residential Treatment Center is a program for young girls ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or relationship struggles. This program provides three types of therapy: individual, group, and family therapy. This program is dedicated to teaching young women how to incorporate healthy habits into their lives. Students will leave with the skills they need to transition into the world feeling confident, happy, and healthy. We can help your family today!

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