Grief and Trauma Intervention (GTI) for Children

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About This Program

Target Population: Children who are experiencing grief and posttraumatic stress

For children/adolescents ages: 7 – 12

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 7 – 12

Brief Description

GTI is designed for children ages 7 to 12 with posttraumatic stress due to witnessing or being a direct victim of one or more types of violence or a disaster, or due to experiencing or witnessing the death of a loved one, including death by homicide. The purpose of the intervention is to improve symptoms of posttraumatic stress, depression, and traumatic grief. The intervention is conducted with children in a group or individual format in 10 sessions of approximately 1 hour with at least one session with the parent. The techniques used in the sessions are grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and narrative therapy and include narrative exposure to the trauma (through drawing, discussing, and writing), development of an in-depth, coherent narrative while eliciting the child's thoughts and feelings, development of positive coping strategies, and making meaning of losses.

Program Goals:

The goals of Grief and Trauma Intervention (GTI) for Children are:

  • Learn more about grief and traumatic reactions
  • Express thoughts and feelings about what happened
  • Decrease posttraumatic stress reactions
  • Build coping capacity

Contact Information

Alison Salloum, PhD
Phone: (813) 974-1535
Fax: (813) 974-4675

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2016