Treatment

• Pro and Con: EMDR Treatment for Traumatized Children
These two articles and one reply explore the implications of using the controversial treatment for posttraumatic stress responses with children

• Dr. Kathleen Nader writes about Guilt Following Traumatic Events
Although inspired by the events of September 11, the following paper is a discussion of the kinds of guilt that may occur following any traumatic event.

• 9-11 Anniversary Reactions, An Interview with Dr. Frank Ochberg
Because many Americans will be profoundly affected by reminders of the September 11 attacks, Joyce Boaz, Executive Director of Gift From Within (www.giftfromwithin.org) asked Frank Ochberg to reflect on anniversary reactions. Coincidentally, Dr. Ochberg was interviewed on that topic by Richard Kaplan, PhD, senior staff editor with Coffey Communications. Here, for GFW readers, is an edited transcript of their interview:

• Treatment Recommendations
The past two or three decades have seen us make great strides in our ability to recognize and diagnose PTSD in children. Unfortunately, we have not as yet had as much success developing methods for treating children's posttraumatic distress once we ha ve identified it. It is now time to begin exploring the effectiveness of various interventions that might be used in the treatment of childhood PTSD.

• Helpful Hints for Dealing with the Appeals Process
I have included this page on how to deal with the appeals process under the treatment section of the table of contents because I believe that assertively appealing an insurance company's denial of treatment can be an important part of therapy, for both client and therapist.

• RESPECT: A Group Treatment Approach for Mentally Handicapped Pedophiles
The RESPECT (TM) SYSTEM is a 7-step treatment system that relies on concrete, repetitive interventions involving kinesthetic actions that can be activated with one word.

• Brave Bart: A Book for Traumatized and Grieving Children
It frequently happens that children who have lived through extremely stressful experiences have some difficulty discussing their reactions to those experiences. This is likely to be especially true of younger children. When this proves to be the case, therapists have several options open to them, including art or play therapy, puppets, or even story-telling. A little book about Brave Bart, a cat who has something "very bad, sad, and scary" happen to him, may be just the thing to help younger children open up and learn to discuss, understand, and cope with their own particularly frightening experiences.

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