What is it about?

How do you decide which therapy to use with traumatised and distressed children? This paper outlines a treatment model which considers milieu therapy, music therapy, dramatherapy and child psychotherapy. By assessing a child's developmental level of trauma, suggestions are made about which therapy to choose.

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Why is it important?

The impact of abuse on a child often depends on his or her developmental level when the trauma occurred. Music therapy, dramatherapy and psychotherapy work differently and so assessing a child's emotional level of development alongside the trauma they experienced can help practitioners decide on the type of therapy. Unsurprisingly, engagement in therapy has an impact on outcomes.


This felt a slightly controversial paper to write 7 years ago. I think now that people are more familiar with these ideas and multi-disciplinary working is certainly more routine. I hope it gives people an insight into what it's like assessing children for therapy

Dr Caryn Onions
The Mulberry Bush Organisation

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This page is a summary of: Making meaningful connections: assessing for clinical work in a child residential setting, Therapeutic Communities The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, November 2013, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/tc-06-2013-0019.
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