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Recommended Therapy for Children in Foster Care and Adoption by Jeanette Yoffe M.F.T.

Types of Evidence-Based Treatment for Trauma 0-5y —Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a treatment for conduct-disordered young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and patterns. Parents are taught PRIDE – Praise (specific), Reflect (the child), Imitate (match affect), Describe (child’s actions) with Enthusiasm and Engagement. The approach asks the parents to engage with the child in a play situation while receiving direction from a therapist via an earpiece/2 way mirror.

—Child-Parent Psychotherapy is a treatment for children who have experienced at least one traumatic event (e.g. maltreatment, traumatic death of attachment figure, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence) and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder. Therapy includes the child and primary caregiver. The goal is to support and strengthen the relationship as a vehicle for restoring the child's sense of safety, attachment, and improve cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning.

—Neuro-reorganization is a form of developmental movement which replicates the normal developmental sequence that infants use to stimulate and grow brain connections.NR helps resolve trauma by addressing injuries to pre-verbal regions of the brain with a pre-verbal approach through individually designed programs of reflex, movement and sensory experiences and helps the brain recover functions that have been impaired by trauma.

—Attachment-Focused Family Therapy aka Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy treatment is family-based and focused on facilitating the child's ability to establish a secure attachment with his/her caregivers. treatment method for families that have children with symptoms of emotional disorders, including complex trauma and attachment. Types of Evidence-Based Treatment for Trauma ages 5+


—Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy model for children who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. It is a model that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive-behavioral, family, and principles.

—How Does Your Engine Run is a regulation program which uses the engine analogy to teach self-regulation (changing how alert we feel), this program helps children learn what to do if they are in a non-optimal state of alertness. The model teaches children that there are five ways to change how alert we feel: put something in the mouth, move, touch, look, or listen. Types of Bi-lateral Stimulation to Regulate the Brain and the Body for At-Home Use


—ME MOVES is a Bi-lateral physical movement program for integrating the right and left brain. The program is on DVD showing children, teens, and adults modeling the different movements with ease and confidence. The exercises are simple, enjoyable, and supported by music. Great for all ages! Alpha-Stim® AID treats anxiety, depression, and/or insomnia with microcurrent using a method called cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES). The treatment is very simple. The current is applied by easy-to-use clip electrodes that attach to the ear lobes. Bi-Tapp Tappers are an innovative patented anxiety relief technology being utilized by children, teens and adults for general use at home. In addition, Bi-Tapp promotes better focus, attention, and calm in the brain and the body.

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