AACBT Vic Pub Discussion: Hitchcock – PTSD in young children

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9 Nov 2022
06:30 pm
- 07:30 pm
Goldy's! Tavern
Goldy's! Tavern, Gold Street, Collingwood VIC, Australia
  • Caitlin Hitchcock
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***Very limited tickets***

Identifying and treating PTSD in young children

Presenter: Dr Caitlin Hitchcock

University of Melbourne/ University of Cambridge

Very young children can experience PTSD – come to this pub discussion to learn a novel approach with your CBT.

Posttraumatic stress disorder is traditionally under-identified, and subsequently, under-treated in young children (aged 3-8 years). This presentation will overview the newly introduced (DSM-5), developmentally appropriate criteria for diagnosis of PTSD in this young group. Training materials and treatment manual will also be provided for an empirically-evaluated (Hitchcock et al., 2021), trauma-focused cognitive therapy (CBT-3M) which has been adapted for younger children.

Key considerations for treatment, such as involvement of caregivers, experience of foster care, and Complex PTSD presentations, will be discussed, along with practical guidance for how to adapt your practice for trauma-exposed young children.

About this event:

The format will an informal, lecture-style presentation.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Ability to identify PTSD in young children
  2. Basic knowledge of the key principles of trauma-focussed cognitive therapy for young children
  3. Awareness of contextual factors impacting PTSD presentation and treatment

This session is designed for those with a casual familiarity – attendees will be assumed to have basic experience in the topic area.

Implications / Applications of Learning for Clinical Practice

In addition to increased understanding of case-based and contextual factors impacting PTSD treatment, and how to adapt CBT for very young children, attendees will receive a copy of the treatment manual for CBT-3M, a trauma-focussed cognitive therapy for young children.

Duration & Format / Training Modalities

This workshop has approx. 60 minutes CPD, and does not include any catering in the ticket price.

Door opens at 6pm for a 6:30pm start.

References – readings

  1. Hitchcock et al. (2021). The early course and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in very young children: diagnostic prevalence and predictors in hospital-attending children and a randomized controlled proof-of-concept trial of trauma-focused cognitive therapy, for 3- to 8-year-olds. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry.
  2. Hitchcock et al. (2021). Population Prevalence of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Subtype for Young Children in Nationwide Surveys of the British General Population and of Children in Care. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  3. Rossouw, J., Sharp, T., Halligan, S., & Seedat, S. (2022). Psychotherapeutic interventions for childhood posttraumatic stress disorder: an update. Current Opinion in Psychiatry.

AACBT members have free tickets, but MUST book to reserve their place.

Non-members can join now and gain all of the other advantages of AACBT Membership!

There are no early bird rates for this event and please note that there are no door sales possible.

Please contact info@aacbt.org.au for more information.

COVID Safety:

Please note, the venue will be following all relevant Public Health Orders and checking delegates as per their obligations. Density, and mask requirements will be in line with relevant government guidelines. As per all events, please do not attend if you are unwell.

If you are required to cancel your attendance owing to a COVID isolation, please contact us for a full refund or ticket transfer.

Venue notes:

There is street parking outside the venue, plus public transport via 86 tram, and train at Victoria Park. The Victoria Park train station is an 8-minute walk to the venue and is on the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines.

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