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Responding to Trauma: Intervening Early with Children and Families

Steven Marans, MSW, PhD
Recorded on September 18, 2014

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This webinar will describe the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), an evidence-based early intervention for children ages 7-18 years of age that was developed at the Yale Child Study Center for implementation in the days/weeks following a potentially traumatic event. A family strengthening model, CFTSI has been proven to be effective in reducing early post-traumatic stress symptoms; decreasing the likelihood of traumatized children developing long-term post-traumatic psychiatric disorders; and identifying children who need longer-term mental health care. The webinar will describe: the phenomena of trauma and trauma symptoms (including initial responses and longer-term consequences); the CFTSI model, an innovative, brief early intervention which helps to prevent PTSD; the CFTSI model’s implementation in real-life settings where traumatized children are served.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the phenomena of traumatic experience and the poor developmental outcomes for children when their traumatic experience goes unrecognized and unaddressed.
  • Discuss the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) model.
  • Review research supporting the evidence base of CFTSI.

About the Instructor

Dr. Steven Marans, MSW, PhD is the Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry, at the Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine and is a child and adult psychoanalyst. Dr. Marans is the director of the Childhood Violent Trauma Center an original member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network that is funded by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He is the co-founder of the Child Development Community Policing (CD-CP) Program, begun in 1991, a national model for collaborative responses of mental health and law enforcement professionals to children and families exposed to violence that occurs in homes, neighborhoods, and schools. He has worked closely with the White House, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Education, members of the U.S. Congress on issues related to responding to trauma associated with violence in homes and communities, terrorism and natural disasters and has served on national advisory groups and commissions regarding these issues. Most recently Dr. Marans served on US Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence.

Dr. Marans is the co-developer of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), an evidence-based, brief early intervention for children and families impacted by recent trauma,. CFTSI significantly decreases the development of PTSD in children who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events including sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic and neighborhood violence, medical emergencies and other catastrophic events.

Amongst his writings, Dr. Marans co-authored Mental Health-Law Enforcement Partnerships based on the Child Development-Community Policing experience and, in 2005, a book entitled Listening to Fear: Helping Kids Cope, from Nightmares to the Nightly News. He is a co-author of the Task Force Report on Children Exposed to Violence (USDOJ). In addition to his writings about trauma and strategies for responding to the psychological sequalae of catastrophic events, Dr. Marans has written extensively on issues of psychoanalytic perspectives on development, human functioning and treatment.