Resources for Clinicians
Last updated February 2020
AACAP’s Practice Parameters were developed as resources for experts, mental health professionals, and physicians as a means to guide clinical decision making.. AACAP’s Practice Parameters demonstrate the best treatments and the range of treatment options available to families living with childhood and adolescent mental illness.
AACAP’s Practice Parameter on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
AACAP's Practice Parameter on Disaster Preparedness.
IACAPAP chapter on acute and chronic reactions to trauma in children.
Disasters: Why and How Mental Health Professionals and the Media Should Work Together
By Paramjit Joshi, M.D.
Research and Training
The following articles were printed in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Psychological therapies for children and adolescents exposed to trauma
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Jul; 50(7):645-58. Epub 2011 Apr 29.
Gillies D, Maiocchi L, Bhandari AP, Taylor F, Gray C, O'Brien L.
Posttraumatic stress disorder in infants and young children exposed to war-related trauma
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, Vol. 55, Issue 10, S63, October 2016
Feldman R, Vengrober A.
My Family and Me and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Applications of Evidence-Based Models to the Treatment of Military and Civilian Families with Young Children
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 55, Issue 10, S63, October 2016.
Sylvia Turner, Daniel S. Schechter, Stephen J. Cozza
Trauma Exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the Lives of Adolescents
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 52 Issue 8, p780-783, August 2013
Julian D. Ford
Systematic Review of Outcomes in the Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol.55, Issue 10, S242, October 2016
Alexander Demand, Keely Wheeler, Matt Vassar
Clinical Perspectives and Presentations
Review an AACAP member’s experience with Katrina in his PowerPoint slide presentation, “Katrina: Lesson’s Learned.” (July, 2008)
Prepared for March 31, 2006 Grand Rounds for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Department of Psychiatry
Review an AACAP member's PowerPoint slide presentation, "Disaster and Trauma During Childhood: The Role of Clinicians"
Prepared by Stephen J. Cozza, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University
Review an AACAP member's PowerPoint slide presentation, "Compassion Fatigue"
Prepared by Syed Arshad Husain, MD, Professor and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Wayne Anderson, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Read AACAP members' articles on their impressions on working with communities affected by disaster. First printed in AACAP News.
- Paramjit Joshi, MD, “Reaching Out to Tsunami Victims in Sri Lanka” (May/June 2005)
- Michael Storck, MD, “Crisis and Hope: Lessons from Red Lake” (May/June 2005)
- Eli Breger, MD, “The Effects of Armed Conflict on Child Mental Health: A Global Perspective, Part I" (December, 2004)
- Eli Breger, MD, “The Effects of Armed Conflict on Child Mental Health: A Global Perspective, Part II" (Jan/Feb 2005)
- Glenn Kashurba, MD, "A Little Girls's Heart: Reflections on September 11" (Mar/Apr 2002)
Applying Cultural Awareness to Disaster Behavioral Health
Introduction to Behavioral Health
Self Care for Disaster Behavioral Health Responders
Disaster Substance Abuse Services: Planning and Preparedness
MCO Disaster Manual Training
Facts for Families
Providing up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. These fact sheets are relevant to disaster and trauma:
Sesame Workshop Family Friendly Resources on Emergency Preparedness - Fun and easy ways to help the whole family prepare for any type of emergency.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) develops mental health resources and interventions for professionals, traumatized children, and their families. The NCTSN offers Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, a tool developed to assist children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of a disaster.
NCTSN: Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals (PDF)
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the medical membership organization which represents pediatricians, offers disaster information for families and clinicians.
The American Red Cross provides disaster services training for clinicians.
Talking to Children about Natural Disasters by David Fassler, MD
Helping Children Cope After a Natural Disaster by Christopher Petersen, MD, and Susan Rzucidlo, MSN., RN
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress conducts research, education, consultation and training on preparing for and responding to the psychological effects and health consequences of traumatic events.