XIV Conference of European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Trauma in Changing Societies:
Social Contexts and Clinical Practice

10-13 June 2015 Vilnius, Lithuania

Screening and Prevention for Children and Youth after Trauma and Violence

10 June | 14:00 – 17:00
Room 214

Workshop description:

Exposure to acute, potentially traumatic events is an unfortunately common experience for children and youth in many countries. Children may be affected by community-level events, such as disasters, violence, or terrorism, and by events that impact one child or family at a time, such as injury, serious medical events, residential fires, or exposure to violence. Mental health providers are often asked to respond, either to assist individual children or to help an entire community respond to a larger event. Yet the research and evidence base to support such efforts has not always been clear. This ISTSS-sponsored workshop will present a practitioner-oriented overview of child responses to acute trauma with implications for child health and development, and of the current state of research and practice in this area. We will focus on models for screening, outreach, and prevention efforts after community-level and individual events, and on practical considerations in implementing such efforts. Workshop participants will get hands-on practice designing screening and prevention efforts in challenging case scenarios.


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Dr. Nancy Kassam-Adams

Nancy Kassam-Adams is ISTSS Immediate Past President, director of the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the US, and research associate professor at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of acute trauma for children and parents. She has designed and evaluated screening and secondary prevention models for children exposed to acute trauma, as well as models for integrating “trauma-informed care” in pediatric health care settings.


Dr. Grete Dyb

Grete Dyb is ISTSS President-Elect, head of the department of children and adolescents at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, and an associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. She has extensive clinical and research experience related to prevention and intervention for child and adolescent trauma, including responses to youth and families affected by the Utoya terrorist attacks and the southeast Asian tsunami.