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Music Therapy and Trauma/PTSD Treatment

The Dutch Music Therapy Association (NVvMT) & European Music Therapy Confederation (EMTC) , (2017)

1 day international SYMPOSIUM + 2 day intensive WORKSHOP | AKOESTICUM Ede - The Netherlands 2017 - May 26•27•28 | | NVvMT and EMTC present a unique package on music therapy with traumatized persons: 1 day international symposium and 2 day workshop. The dramatic effects of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on a person’s ability to function are more and more acknowledged. Music therapy can help traumatized children and adults to stabilize and to create a safe space for the expression of feelings and thoughts. In a 1 day international symposium on Friday May 26, presenting lectures and workshops, we’ll highlight the way music therapy research, methods and techniques are applied to treating childhood trauma and sexual abuse, traumatized refugees, prisoners and victims of violence.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Overview of Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment

Lancaster, C.L., Teeters, J.B., Gros, D.F., Back, S.E., Eds.: Journal of Clinical Medicine, (2016)

Abstract: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a chronic psychological disorder that can develop after exposure to a traumatic event. This review summarizes the literature on the epidemiology, assessment, and treatment of PTSD. We provide a review of the characteristics of PTSD along with associated risk factors, and describe brief, evidence-based measures that can be used to screen for PTSD and monitor symptom changes over time. In regard to treatment, we highlight commonly used, evidence-based psychotherapies and pharmacotherapies for PTSD. Among psychotherapeutic approaches, evidence-based approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapies (e.g., Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. A wide variety of pharmacotherapies have received some level of research support for PTSD symptom alleviation, although selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have the largest evidence base to date. However, relapse may occur after the discontinuation of pharmacotherapy, whereas PTSD symptoms typically remain stable or continue to improve after completion of evidence-based psychotherapy. After reviewing treatment recommendations, we conclude by describing critical areas for future research.

Practice Parameter for Cultural Competence in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Practice

Pumariega, A.J., Rothe, E., Mian, A, et al. , Eds.: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescents Psychiatry, (2013)

The United States faces a rapidly changing demographic and cultural landscape, with its population becoming increasingly multiracial and multicultural. In consequence, cultural and racial factors relating to mental illness and emotional disturbances deserve closer attention and consideration. This Practice Parameter outlines clinical applications of the principle of cultural competence that will enable child and adolescent mental health clinicians to better serve diverse children, adolescents, and their families.

'I Can Forgive Now' - Evaluation Study of War Child's Psychosocial Support Intervention I DEAL

Eiling, E. & van Diggele-Holtland, M., Eds.: War Child Holland, (2013)

Despite growing evidence on the impact of psychosocial support interventions, there is an urgent need for a stronger evidence base on approaches that effectively support children affected by armed conflict. To contribute to this evidence base, and building on a pilot study conducted in Uganda in 2009, War Child conducted an exploratory outcome evaluation of its psychosocial support intervention ‘I DEAL’ in South Sudan and Colombia in 2012. The objective of the evaluation was to explore the outcomes that I DEAL achieves for children and the factors that influence the achievement of those outcomes to further inform and strengthen the intervention

Implementation of a Mental Health Care Package for Children in Areas of Armed Conflict: A Case Study from Burundi, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Sudan

M. J. D. Jordans; W. A. Tol; D. Susanty; et al., Eds.: PLOS Medicine, (2013)

PLOS Medicine | January 2013 | Volume 10 | Issue 1 | e1001371

Praxismanual: Interdisziplinäre Versorgung von Pflegekindern an der Schnittstelle von Jugendhilfe und Gesundheitssystem

Oswald, S. H., Ernst, C., Goldbeck, L., Eds.: Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie/-psychotherapie, Universitätsklinikum Ulm , (2011)

Dieses Praxismanual entstand im Rahmen des an der Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie des Universitätsklinikums Ulm mit Unterstützung der World Childhood Foundation durchgeführten Projektes „Traumaspezifische Diagnostik und Behandlung von Pflegekindern und Sensibilisierung der Helfersysteme für die speziellen Bedürfnisse und Rahmenbedingungen von Pflegekindern. Mit diesem Praxismanual „Interdisziplinäre Versorgung von Pflegekindern an der Schnittstelle von Jugendhilfe und Gesundheitssystem“ legen Dr. Sylvia H. Oswald, Prof. Dr. Lutz Goldbeck und C. Ernst eine Schrift vor, die auf eine Vernetzung von Jugendhilfe und Gesundheitssystem mit dem Ziel der umfassenden traumaspezifischen Diagnostik und Behandlung von Pflegekindern abzielt. Das Manual richtet sich an alle Berufsgruppen und Personen, die mit Pflegekindern zusammen arbeiten und wurde auf die Fragen der Mitarbeiter der Jugendämter und Pflegeeltern abgestimmt. Jedoch sollen die Inhalte dieses Manuals auch Fachleute aus der Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und -psychotherapie für die komplexe Vorgeschichte und Symptomatik von Pflegekindern sensibilisieren und die Vernetzung mit der Jugendhilfe zur Optimierung der Behandlung fördern.

Children’s Mental Health Research: Quarterly - Helping Children Overcome Trauma

Children’s Health Policy Centre, (2011)

Vol. 5, No. 3 - 2011 | The Quarterly provides summaries of the best available research evidence on a variety of children’s mental health topics, prepared using systematic review and synthesis methods adapted from the Cochrane Collaboration and Evidence-Based Mental Health. Our goal is to improve outcomes for children by informing policy and practice. The BC Ministry of Children and Family Development funds the Quarterly.

Preschool PTSD Treatment

Scheeringa, M.S., Amaya-Jackson, L. & Cohen, J. , (2010)

Version 1.7 Updated October 14, 2010 | Preschool PTSD Treatment (PPT) is a theory-driven, manualized protocol based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with modifications for young children. Some of these modifications involve parent-child relationship dynamics that are salient for this age group.

Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Eds.: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, (2010)

This Practice Parameter reviews the evidence from research and clinical experience and highlights significant advances in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder since the previous Parameter was published in 1998. It highlights the importance of early identification of posttraumatic stress disorder, the importance of gathering information from parents and children, and the assessment and treatment of comorbid disorders. It presents evidence to support trauma-focused psychotherapy, medications, and a combination of interventions in a multimodal approach.

Children and trauma: update for mental health professionals

APA Presidential Task Force on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in Children and Adolescents, Eds.: American Psychological Association, (2008)

Much of our knowledge about PTSD is based on studies of adults. As evidenced by the birth of new scientific disciplines (e.g., developmental translational neuroscience), it is clear that what we learn from research involving adults may not necessarily be applicable to children and adolescents. Indeed, the field of child and adolescent PTSD and trauma is relatively young, although the knowledge base has increased substantially over the past 2 decades. Moreover, task force members recognize that mental health professionals may have many different perspectives on child and adolescent trauma, particularly in regard to the specific nature of its effects and what interventions may be most effective in reducing negative outcomes and enhancing adaptive functioning. Although we attempt to summarize here what is currently known about child and adolescent PTSD and trauma, we welcome ongoing discussion and novel perspectives, which help to advance the field.

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