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AGH Child Psychologist Testifies Before U.S. House on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Traumatized kids can grow into healthy adults with effective therapy, Dr. Anthony Mannarino says
WASHINGTON, DC (May 9, 2012) - Anthony Mannarino, PhD, Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital, will speak about the impact of trauma on children and families before the U.S. House of Representatives today, Wednesday, May 9, Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
Children who are exposed to trauma - such as domestic violence, natural disaster or the death of a loved one - are much more likely to experience serious psychiatric difficulties as adults, and repeated traumas can even result in a shortened life span.
To help these children Dr. Mannarino, along with Judith Cohen, MD, of the Center for Traumatic Stress and Esther Deblinger, Ph.D, developed Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
TF-CBT is the intervention most proven by research to be an effective for traumatized children and their families. In fact, TF-CBT has been taught at nearly 400 trainings across the country and around the world in the past three years and more than 120,000 learners have registered for a web-based course in TF-CBT (www.musc.edu/tfcbt) .
Dr. Mannarino’s presentation, “Childhood Traumatic Stress: Impact and Treatment” touches on traumatic stress in children, its symptoms, long-term consequences and how TF-CBT can help.   Dr. Mannarino will also discuss the work of the Center.
His talk will also bring a message of hope that children and families can recover from traumatic life events with appropriate resources and support.
Traumatic stress happens when a child is exposed to events that involve threats of injury, death or danger. It can occur through direct experience or even hearing about an event. Children are exposed to violence in families, schools and communities at epidemic levels.
Common symptoms of traumatic stress include sleep problems, flashbacks, emotional numbing, avoiding reminders of the trauma, anger and irritability, poor concentration, depressive symptoms and anxiety and behavior problems.
The Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital opened in 1994 and evaluates and treats 350 to 400 new children and families each year. The Center has been a treatment development center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2001.
 
 
 
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