Individual and Small-Group Psychotherapy for Children Involved in Trauma and Disaster

  • Howard M. Gillis
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


A young girl has lost both of her parents, killed in an earthquake. Each afternoon she expectantly awaits their return home, somehow knowing, too, that they never will return. A young boy limps when others run on his school playground, where a few months ago a lone sniper seriously wounded him. He recalls his terror on that day and wonders why he had to be one of the injured. Loss, overwhelming panic and helplessness, and significant and long-lasting bodily injury—these experiences and feelings are part and parcel of disaster and trauma. How as psychotherapists do we address such tragedies and their effects? This chapter delineates approaches to the treatment of children who have experienced a variety of traumatic events.


Traumatic Event Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Traumatic Experience Child Psychiatry Traumatic Situation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard M. Gillis
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  1. 1.Division of Behavioral and Developmental PediatricsUniversity of California, San Francisco Medical CenterSan FranciscoUSA

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