Topic: Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent)

Scientific Ratings in this topic:

1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence

2 - Supported by Research Evidence

3 - Promising Research Evidence

4 - Evidence Fails to Demonstrate Effect

5 - Concerning Practice

NR - Not able to be Rated

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Definition for Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent):

Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent) are defined by the CEBC as interventions designed to help an individual process a trauma or multiple traumas they have experienced and learn how to cope with the feelings associated with the experience (e.g., fear, posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression, etc.). Click here to see the overall Trauma Treatment (Child & Adolescent) topic area page.

  • Target population: Children and adolescents who have experienced trauma
  • Services/types that fit: Typically outpatient services, such as individual, family, or group
  • Delivered by: Mental health professionals
  • In order to be included: Program must specifically target trauma treatment as a goal
  • In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by Scientific Rating Scale) that examines trauma-related outcomes, such as changes in symptom levels, behaviors, and/or functioning

Why was Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent) chosen as a topic by the Advisory Committee? (Click for Answer)

The Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent) topic area is relevant to child welfare because the effect of the trauma that abuse and neglect causes to children is detrimental and pervasive. While it is known that research exists on the most effective ways to treat traumatized children, the child welfare community has not widely focused on this research. Child welfare courts and counties regularly refer children to treatment, but have little information on the therapeutic methods being used by individual practitioners or agencies that provide treatment to traumatized children. If counties and courts are aware of the practices that have shown to be most effective for managing the impact of physical and sexual abuse, as well as exposure to domestic violence and neglect, referrals can be made to agencies that utilize these practices. This would increase the safety and well-being of the children they serve. In addition, the selection of effective therapies could have an impact on assisting children to adjust and stabilize in out-of-home placement, thereby impacting permanency.

Deborah Reeves, MSW
Former CEBC Advisory Committee Member

Programs in this Topic Area

The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence:

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 2 - Supported by Research Evidence:

  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)detailed view
    Topics: Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence: Services for Victims and their Children, Infant and Toddler Mental Health Programs (Birth to 3), Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent)
    Children age 0-5, who have experienced a trauma, and their caregivers

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:

Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated: