Childhood Trauma and PTSD

Working with Children and Young People

These videos show examples of specific components of cognitive therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cognitive therapy for PTSD is a type of trauma-focused CBT – an approach which is the best-evidenced mental health intervention for young people with PTSD, including for those who have experienced very complex or developmental traumas. It also remains the best-evidenced intervention for young people with Complex PTSD.

Before you deliver a trauma-focused CBT, like cognitive therapy for PTSD, it is crucial that you are familiar with the components, and ideally that you have completed a formal training in the intervention. It is also important that you have access to adequate clinical supervision. These videos are designed to supplement your training and experience delivering cognitive therapy for PTSD, and provide additional support around specific components of the intervention.

For more information about delivering cognitive therapy for PTSD to children and young people, there is a book available by Dr Patrick Smith, titled “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Cognitive Therapy with Children and Young People”.

The Anna Freud Centre offer training in this intervention and you can visit their Training and Events webpage for further information.

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