The Child Study Center (CSC) provides evidence-based assessment and treatment for children and adolescents ages 0-17 who have experienced one or more traumatic events. A traumatic event is a stressful event such as sexual or physical abuse, a tornado or fire, a motor vehicle accident, violence at home or in the community, or separation from caregivers or siblings. Experiencing or witnessing trauma may make a child feel scared, upset, sad, worried, or even angry.

Five most common traumatic events for young children seen at the Child Study Center:

  1. Separation from a loved one (71%)
  2. Seeing family members fight physically (47%)
  3. Incarceration of a close family member (33%)
  4. Neglect (28%)
  5. Physical assault (26%)

*Percentages do not add up to 100% because most of these children have experienced more than one trauma.

When children or teens begin having problems at home, school, or with peers as a result of experiencing trauma, specialized therapy is needed to help them heal successfully. Although there are many types of treatment for mental health problems, not all therapists are trained to work with children, or with children who have experienced trauma. Often symptoms of trauma, such as difficulty controlling emotions, inattention, relationship conflicts, and poor learning, can be misdiagnosed or mistaken for other disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD). It is very important that children who have experienced traumatic events be evaluated by a therapist who is trained to identify trauma and who understands effective treatment options.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts is well-trained and ready to help youth and their families better understand trauma, its impact, and ways to heal. These efforts can help children and families in numerous ways such as strengthening relationships; developing skills for managing upsetting thoughts, memories, and feelings; reducing behavioral difficulties; and processing traumatic experiences.