According to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN, 2004) up to 15-20% of children and their siblings and 20-30% of parents experience persistent traumatic stress related to medical procedures or a life-threatening condition that affects daily functioning and recovery. The literature is limited with regards to efficacious treatment interventions for this population. Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for traumatized children and adolescents (Cohen, Mannarino, & Deblinger, 2006). Its efficacy in reducing PTSD symptoms has been established through the literature (Bisson, Roberts, Andrew, Cooper, & Lewis, 2013; Cary & McMillen, 2012; Silverman et al., 2008), and it has been expanded to treat different types of trauma and with different populations. The recommendations created in this project were meant to supplement the existing TF-CBT manual by expanding its use to include the pediatric medical traumatic stress population. An extensive review of the literature helped develop the recommendations, and a group of 4 experts evaluated the resource and provided relevant feedback. Results indicated that although the resource is easy to understand and useful in providing information on pediatric medical traumatic stress, there is limited understanding of the TF-CBT treatment model. Further limitations, future directions and implications are also discussed.

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Dissertations (PsyD) -- Psychology; Cognitive therapy for children; Psychic trauma in children -- Treatment

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Bryant-Davis, Thema;