Your child experienced a severe trauma or has been prolonged or repeatedly exposed to traumatic events (e.g. abuse, violence, flight, etc.) in the past?
Over time such experiences can affect the development of a child or adolescent. For example, children or adolescents lose trust in others and/ or in themselves, or no longer feel safe and secure. They can also develop fears and behavioral problems such as social withdrawal or aggressive behavior.
It’s important to know that there a good treatment options to deal with traumatic events and their effect on mental health in children and adolescents. Inquire about therapy options. You can search for mental health care experts in the field of child and adolescent psychotraumatology via the KidTrauma website and app (Specialists Contacts). Involve your child in the search process.
Trauma-Check, Information and Tips
Every child and adolescent reacts differently after being exposed to traumatic events.
If you are worried and if you don’t know if to consult a mental health care professional could be helpful for your child, use the Trauma-Check (not before at least 1 month has passed since the traumatic event(s)). By filling out a few questions, the Trauma-Check screens whether professional advice is recommended.
Further, you can also find out more about possible mental health issues and/or behavioral problems after traumatic events in children and adolescents and receive tips on how to help your child to cope with them.
Please select the appropriate age category for your child to get to the right Trauma-Check and Information and Tips.
If you are very worried as a parent or if you are advised to seek professional advice after the Trauma-Check, you can use the function Specialist Contacts on the KidTrauma website or app to search for mental health care experts in the field of child and adolescent psychotraumatolgy in your area.
Here you can download helpful brochures and find links to further information.