I believe that there is a big gap between what is known through research, and the treatment practices that are available for traumatized teens. Typically a child that has experienced abuse or neglect has sustained developmental damage to the brain. Talk therapy and drug therapy are standard treatments that can have beneficial effects, but that are usually insufficient for symptom relief.
The brain has shown remarkable plasticity in various instances, and I believe there is hope in finding effective ways to bring relief to teens who have experienced trauma. This blog will serve as a bridge between academics and real life practice. This blog may also help to educate parents who are raising traumatized teens, a very bumpy journey!! Staff, social workers and others who work with teens will benefit as well.