Working with Youth

Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children

Developed by John Briere, PhD in 1996, this measure assesses the effects of childhood trauma through the child’s self-report of trauma symptoms. Designed for use with children ages 8-16, but possibly applicable with 17-year-olds as well.

For more information about the TSCC, see John Briere's page on the measure. You may obtain the measure through PAR. It is available in English and Spanish.

Unaccompanied Children and Health Care

As a part of the National Immigration Law Center's excellent web page on Unaccompanied Children, they created this FAQ about Unaccompanied Children and Healthcare: 

Recently, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has apprehended nearly 63,000 unaccompanied children at the border since October 2013. The vast majority of the children are nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and are fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries.

CVT Jordan: Using Stories to Break Silence

Torture and war can have a negative effect on communication within a family. To address this, CVT staff in Jordan conducted innovative storytelling counseling sessions with two groups of fathers and teenagers. The theme focused on “breaking the silence” to help improve communication among Iraqi refugees who have survived torture and war trauma.

Mental health

This selected set of mental health resources was compiled in early 2014, especially for people who may not be as familiar with torture survivors' mental health needs. For additional mental health information, explore the Mental Health section of the web site.

Children and Youth:   These resources are intended for professionals working with children in need of specialized mental health services, educational and housing support, medical attention, and employment and public benefits. Resources include:

Educational Rights of Children Affected by Homelessness and/or Domestic Violence

An excellent resource created for Massachusetts but which may be useful to practitioners in other states as well, this book covers:

  • the effects of violence and/or homelessness on children in school
  • the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance act
  • keeping children safe at their selected school
  • special education for homeless children affected by domestic violence
  • appealing shelter placements that are too far from a child's school

Education and Support Group for Karen Youth: Building Leaders in the Community

This is a curriculum based on a Schools Group Project that worked with Liberian and other African refugee youth in the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, from 2005 to 2010. It was developed for the New Neighbors/Hidden Scars Project at the Center for Victims of Torture. It has been adapted for use with youth refugee survivors of Karen ethnicity from Burma living in St. Paul, Minnesota. This manual for co-leaders is a product of the Healing in Partnership project.


Laura Bennett Murphy, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology, Westminster College
Consultant, Utah Health and Human Rights


Disrupted attachments: how torture threatens the fabric of family life (video + power point)

Dr. Bennett Murphy discusses ways in which torture undermines the development of secure attachments within families and the impact of insecure and disorganized attachments on overall adaptation and risk throughout the lifespan.

Theresa Betancourt, PhD

Salem professor in global practice and director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at Boston College


Studies of adversity, resilience, and child mental health (video + power point)

Dr. Betancourt discusses resilience, protective factors and mental illness in children (family systems) impacted by trauma, violence and/or chronic adversity.  Dr.

Ernestine Briggs King, PhD

Director, Trauma Treatment Program at Center for Child Family Health (CCFH), Durham, NC
Project Director, National Child Traumatic Stress Network Community Practice Site at CCFH
Director, Data and Evaluation Program at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Duke University


Trauma focused assessment and treatment for children (video + power point)

Dr. Briggs King discusses assessment and treatment planning for children impacted by trauma, chronic stress and violence.

Laura Murray, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health


Evidence-based treatment models in trauma work with children, adolescent and families (webinar - requires login)

Dr. Murray presents key decision points and considerations when choosing a child/youth focused intervention strategy for families affected by torture and severe trauma.


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