Event will take place during Mental Health Awareness Month
As part of its observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans and Allison Salloum, Ph.D. will present a two-day workshop May 20-21 to train mental health professionals from across the region on its nationally-recognized Grief and Trauma Intervention treatment model. The development of this treatment is especially significant in light of growing evidence that children, especially inner city kids, are impacted by traumatic events just as soldiers are during war.
Developed by Dr. Salloum and her colleagues during their time at the Children’s Bureau, the Grief and Trauma Intervention for Children (GTI) is an evidence-based mental health intervention specifically designed for children with posttraumatic stress due to witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event and/or death. The 10-session intervention is conducted in group and/or individual format. Evaluation results published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Behavior Research and Therapy show that GTI results in improvements of posttraumatic stress, depression and traumatic grief symptoms.
A national survey by the U.S. Department of Justice shows that approximately 60% of youth have been exposed to some type of violence in the past year. The Children’s Bureau’s work with children in New Orleans supports these statistics. Results from its own survey of 122 Orleans Parish students indicate 71% of children have seen someone beat up; 32% have seen someone shot; 28% have seen a dead body outside or inside the home; and 16% have seen someone stabbed. For the majority of these children, exposure to community violence is chronic with more than half of them (51.5%) reporting exposure to three or more different types of violent events.
“It is essential that children exposed to violence have access to mental health services because they are at greater risk of developing biological, social, emotional and behavioral problems,” says Paulette Carter, MPH, LCSW, president and CEO of Children’s Bureau of New Orleans. “The good news, though, is that treatment works if we can get to these kids.”
Research shows children treated using the GTI model demonstrate a significant decrease in PTSD, depressive symptoms, traumatic grief and global distress from pre-treatment to post-treatment, and that results are maintained at 3-month and 12-month follow-up.
The GTI workshop set for May 20-21 will be held at the Red Cross Building at 2640 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm each day. There is a $35 fee for each participant, which will provide for the GTI training manual and other handouts. To register, please contact William Mupo at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 658-8406 by May 3. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.
Special thanks to the City of New Orleans Health Department for co-sponsoring the event and Allison Salloum, Ph.D. for delivering the training. Dr. Salloum’s bio can be found at http://socialwork.cbcs.usf.edu/facultyStaff/bio.cfm?ID=118.