Best Practices: Treatment

The following resources are listed in no particular order.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Position Statement: Prerequisite Clinical Competencies for Implementing Effective, Trauma-informed Intervention

Aarons, G. A., Green, A. E., Palinkas, L. A., Self-Brown, S., Whitaker, D. J., Lutzker, J. R., Silovsky, J. F., Hecht, D. B., & Chaffin, M. J. (2012). Dynamic adaptation process to implement an evidence-based child maltreatment intervention. Implementation Science, 7, 1-9.

Healing Invisible Wounds-Why Investing in Trauma-Informed Care for Children Makes Sense. July 2010

The brief examines the relationship between childhood trauma and involvement in the juvenile justice system. According to the brief, while research shows that up to 34 percent of children in the United States have experienced at least one traumatic event, between 75 and 93 percent of youth entering the juvenile justice system annually are estimated to have experienced some degree of trauma.

Helping children cope with violence and trauma: A school-based program that works. (2011). This report from Rand Health reports the results from research on the first randomized controlled study of a school program to help children traumatized by violence: Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). It shows that CBITS significantly reduced symptoms of post-traumatic stress and depression in students who had been exposed to violence.This report synthesizes the research done by Bradley D. Stein, Lisa H. Jaycox, Sheryl H. Kataoka, Marleen Wong, Audra Langley, Jorge L. Avila, Antonia Bonilla, Patricia Castillo-Campos, Judith A. Cohen, Kristin L. Dean, Jennifer L. DuClos, Marc N. Elliott, Pia Escudero, Arlene Fink, Susan Fuentes, Kate L. Gegenheimer, Kristie Halsey, Anthony P. Mannarino, Erum Nadeem, Victoria K. Ngo, Vincent P. O'Donoghue, Matthias Schonlau, Molly M. Scott, Priya Sharma, Wenli Tu, Douglas Walker, and Catalina Zaragoza, and lists the various articles which have been written by these researchers about CBITS.  Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation.

Kauffman Best Practices Project Final Report: Closing the Quality Chasm in Child Abuse Treatment

The systematic identification of best practices supporting the efficacy of treatment protocols with abused children and their families that can help children heal from the impact of child abuse.

CAC Directors' Guide to Mental Health Services for Abused Children.

This guide was developed by a mix of grantee centers from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs). Developers had a particular interest in improving staff mental health responses to child trauma victims and their families seen by centers around the country.

Assessment-Based Treatment for Traumatized Children: A Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP).

Incorporating a mutifaceted assessment process to enable clinicians to gain an in-depth understanding of the child, their developmental level, their traumatic experience, and the family, community, and cultural system in which the child lives. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Child Physical and Sexual Abuse: Guidelines for Treatment

Guidelines for the mental health assessment and treatment of child victims of sexual and physical abuse and their families, prepared by the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and the Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress for the Office for Victims of Crime.

"Evidence-Based Practices for Children Exposed to Violence: A Selection from Federal Databases." (2011).

This joint release from the US DOJ & HHS summarizes findings from federal reviews of research studies and program evaluations to help communities improve outcomes for children exposed to violence. It cites evidence-based practices that practitioners and policymakers can use to implement prevention services and activities for these children.

Practice Parameters for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Recommendations from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry on the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD in children.

NCTSN Empirically Supported Treatments and Promising Practices

A summary of the effectiveness of current approaches to treatment of child traumatic stress based on published research, prepared by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Using Dogs at a Child Advocacy Center - Best Practices

From Courthouse Dogs, LLC. This guide not only has best practices, but also a list of scientific articles which support the use of therapy dogs at a CAC and a recommended reading list for CAC staff about therapy dogs.