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Topic: Trauma Treatment (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

Definition for Trauma Treatment (Child & Adolescent):

Trauma Treatment (Child & Adolescent) is defined by the CEBC as treatment designed to help a child or adolescent process a trauma or multiple traumas he or she experienced and learn how to cope with the feelings associated with the experience (e.g., fear, posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression, etc.). The trauma can be abuse, neglect, and/or exposure to domestic violence, as is the case in most child welfare cases, or it can be a physical or sexual assault, exposure to community violence, a natural or man-made disaster, exposure to war, the death or imprisonment of a parent, having a relative go through a traumatic event, or a combination of any of the above.

  • Target population: Children and adolescents who have experienced trauma
  • Services/types that fit: Typically outpatient services, either individual 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 changes in symptom levels, behaviors, and/or functioning

The Trauma Treatment (Child & Adolescent) topic area was added to this website in 2006. Every two years, a research-focused literature review is conducted on each rated program in this topic area. The date of the last research review is located on the bottom of each program page.

Why is the Trauma Treatment (Child & Adolescent) topic area relevant to child welfare? (Click for Answer)

The Trauma Treatment (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

Here are your search results for programs in the area of Trauma Treatment (Child & Adolescent):

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 (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: