Victims of child abuse often experience symptoms that can greatly impact their overall quality of life. Some children and teens develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The following symptoms can occur after a traumatic event:
- Avoidant behavior
- Poor grades
- Drug/alcohol use
These symptoms can be normal reactions to abuse; however, it is important for children to learn healthy ways of coping to decrease these symptoms. Therapy is a critical part of the healing process. Even if a child does not have symptoms, it can be beneficial for a child to speak with a trauma-focused therapist to process what happened. With the support of a protective caregiver and effective treatment, a child can recover without long-term negative effects.
Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center has a therapist on staff and contracted therapists that provide evidence-based therapy to victims of child abuse. Therapists work closely with clients to determine an individualized treatment program for each child. The majority of clients are child victims, however, Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center recognizes that abuse devastates not only the child but also the family members.
Staff therapists and contracted therapists have been trained to provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment that is proven to be highly effective in treating victims of abuse. Caregiver involvement, regular attendance, and practicing skills learned in therapy are vital to the success of therapy.
What is Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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