The first four weeks of this program, which meets on Thursdays from 8:30-10am, will provide the necessary framework for understanding trauma in children.
Background information about and therapeutic techniques
for dealing with the following issues will be reviewed:
Students who wish to provide ongoing assessment and treatment of a traumatized child will have the opportunity to do so. (Note: While this program is part of the child psychology internship program, it is also open to psychiatry residents and fellows as well as to the social work and psychiatric nurse practitioner interns).
After the initial four weeks of didactics, we will be collaborating with Onondaga County's Child Protective Services (CPS), in offering a pre-screening and psychoeducation session to parents and children who have experienced a traumatic event, (usually suspected or confirmed child abuse). The focus will be on providing psychoeducation (i.e., what is "normal behavior in an abnormal situation?"), assessing safety and determining whether and/or when psychiatric intervention might be necessary, as well as providing a brief written summary to CPS.