Saturday 28 June
Presenters: Carlijn de Roos, S. Lucassen, B. Zijlstra, S. van der Oord, P. Emmelkamp & A. de Jongh
Despite substantial evidence that trauma-exposed children are at high risk for PTSD and other trauma-related problems, very few randomized treatment studies have been conducted with this population. In the present study 108 children, aged 8-18 years, exposed to a single event trauma were randomized to CBT, EMDR treatment or waitlist. Aim of the study was to compare the efficacy and efficiency of these treatments and the gains at follow-up. Participants were children and adolescents seeking treatment in 3 mental health institutions. All children received up to 6 individual treatment sessions of 45 minutes each. Assessment took place pre- and post treatment and at 3 months and 1 year follow-up using a structured diagnostic interview and a variety of parent-rated and self-report measures of PTSD symptom severity, depression, anxiety, somatic and behaviour problems. Parents completed questionnaires indexing their own post traumatic stress symptoms, depression and parental stress. In this presentation the preliminary results of this study will be presented.
Carlijn de Roos, MA, is a clinical psychologist/psychotherapist working with traumatised children, adolescents and adults. She is co-ordinator of the Trauma Centre for children and adolescents, GGZ Rivierduinen in Leiden, the Netherlands. Mrs. de Roos is furthermore a consultant and Child and Adolescent Trainer (EMDR Europe). She is president of the Dutch EMDR Association, member of the EMDR Europe Child Committee and of the EMDR Europe Research Committee.