What’s behind the problem behavior displayed by a child or teen? If he or she has experienced trauma, this may be at the root of the problem, and addressing the behavior alone will not be effective. When working with a child or teen who displays challenging behavior, it’s therefore crucial that possible past or current traumatic experiences be taken into account. Careful and thorough assessment for traumatic stress is necessary to ensure that interventions will be successful.

Therapists from all over the greater New York area learned how to diagnose and treat traumatic stress in children and teens at a recent skill-building workshop sponsored by The Mel and Phyllis Zachter Ohel Institute for Training, funded in part by the New York State Office of Mental Health. “Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Children & Teens: Assessment and Intervention Strategies,” presented on January 9, provided mental health professionals a unique opportunity to learn valuable insights and practical strategies based on the latest clinical and research findings.

The workshop was presented by Adam Brown, PsyD, clinical coordinator of the stress, trauma, and resilience treatment service of the NYU Child Study Center, and clinical assistant professor in child and adolescent psychiatry in the department of child and adolescent psychiatry, NYU Medical Center. Renowned for his expertise in the field of child and adolescent trauma, Dr. Brown drew on his broad experience with youth in inpatient hospital, day treatment, and residential settings, as well as his extensive training in a range of evidence-based trauma-informed practices. His presentation stressed the importance of comprehensive assessment and treatment planning which take into account past traumatic experiences, as well as current environmental triggers. Participants gained insights into the key components shared by the major trauma treatment approaches used today, and learned hands-on skills that will be invaluable to their work with children and teens impacted by trauma.

For more information about this and future institute educational opportunities, visit www.ohelfamily.org or call 1-877-EDU-OHEL. v


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