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.