These responses are normal, however if they continue over a period of months then support may be helpful. When children or young people have experienced repeated trauma over a period of time their responses may look very different, this may be referred to as ‘complex trauma’. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) describes the impact of trauma when it continues for a long time and significantly affects functioning.
Different events are traumatic for different people. Examples of situations which people may find traumatic include:
If trauma occurred at a young age then it is possible that the child or young person does not have a clear memory of the original trauma, however they may still experience effects from the trauma, and these effects can be magnified as it disrupts their development.
At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.
An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.
Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:
An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion
Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:
On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.
The effects of trauma can be assessed through the following ways:
A clinical interview with the child, young person, parents or carers provides detailed information in relation to how individuals rate the impact of the effects of trauma.
Taking a detailed developmental history, including the collation of previous professional reports helps to build a more complete picture of the trauma and its effects over time.
Psychometric measures may include short questionnaires aimed at understanding and measuring experiences and any current symptoms.
Observations are often used with children to see behaviours which may be due to the trauma.
Assessing the effects of trauma is done in the variety of methods mentioned above. Examples of the psychometric measures of experiences and symptoms we may use include:
When assessing a child or young person who has experienced trauma we will take all precautions to reduce any distress which may be felt through thinking about specific individuals or situations. As much information as possible should be provided during the initial discussion to support the child or young person appropriately.
We provide a range of psychological interventions for trauma. Interventions will be chosen according to the needs identified, the nature of the trauma and the developmental age of the child or young person. Interventions will usually include parents or carers.
Following an initial discussion, our psychologists will be able to provide a quote based on the information presented.
Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.