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Childhood and Adolescent Trauma: Assessment and Treatment

Traumatic experiences that occur in childhood and adolescence can be devastating to the children and their families. In the aftermath of a traumatic experience, children can encounter a variety of complex problems. Unfortunately, there are numerous traumatized children each year that inevitably slip through the cracks, going unidentified and untreated, which only worsens their treatment outcomes. To help prevent this, early assessment and intervention is crucial. This entry explores some of the current best practices used for assessing and treating children and adolescents affected by trauma.

Assessment

To assess for trauma, clinicians need to conduct a thorough evaluation that can include the following components: a clinical interview, collection of behavioral observations, review of information from other people who know the child, and use of appropriate standardized assessment ...

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