Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children

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The use of several therapeutic methods to treat children with PTSD increases the argument among clinicians about the most effective treatment for PTSD. The clinical literature describes a wide variety of interventions besides CBT including, psychoanalytic techniques, creative arts, play therapy, crisis intervention, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and pharmacotherapy; which raises the question about what could be the most effective treatment for children with PTSD (Cohen, Mannarino & Rogal 2001). Several of these therapies have been recognized as effective PTSD treatments. For instance, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Processing (EMDR), has become an increasingly accepted treatment modality for childhood PTSD; however, very…show more content…
The issue about choosing the most appropriate intervention with a specific population such as children, is a struggle that many clinicians face when treating children with PTSD. Cohen, et al. (2001) found that the majority of child psychiatrists prefer to use psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy interventions and psychotropic medications with children presenting PTSD symptoms, while non-medical clinicians prefer to integrate other types of interventions such as play therapy. In regards to the fact that physicians prefer to use medications and other well-known interventions such as psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy, Muris & Merckelbach (1999) suggest that many physicians are more resistant to the new treatment modalities including EMDR and others because these types of interventions are less discussed in medical journals compared to nonmedical ones. On the other hand, Cohen, et al. (2001) suggest that physicians do not use new methodologies of interventions because they are not effective, instead they don’t feel comfortable using treatments that were not part of their professional training. In their research, Cohen, et al. (2001) and colleagues suggest that randomized controlled trials conducted in research settings, may not provide the whole picture about the most
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