Psychological Interventions for Treating Trauma in Children

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According to a study published in Clinical Psychology Review, psychological interventions — particularly cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) — are effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) in children, and may also alleviate the additional depression that frequently co-occurs with PTSD in children.

Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, PhD, Lead Psychologist of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, authored a guest blog post for the Healthy Kids blog with a summary of the findings and the importance of CBT, including trauma-focused CBT and prolonged exposure, in alleviating PTSD in children. She also provided links to trustworthy online resources about psychotherapy.

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