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Delaware Department Of Child, Youth And Families

October 30, 2011 by staff 

Delaware Department Of Child, Youth And FamiliesDelaware Department Of Child, Youth And Families, Child Mental Force Lt. Governor Matt Denn Health Work met October 26 in the library of the School Cape Henlopen High to discuss how to address the needs of children who have been victims of abuse and other forms of trauma .

The working group, chaired by Denn, was created by House Joint Resolution 7 in response to the case of Earl Bradley. Speakers at the meeting this month, said there is a lack of resources in Sussex County for the treatment of traumatized children, who are at risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder.

As a result, there are waiting lists for these services. The panelists also told the audience that the number of traumatized children is lower than the real, which means that there are cases of children who are abused or exposed to violence that we do not know.

Dr. Charles Webb, Delaware Division of Prevention and Mental Health Services (part of the Department of Children, Youth and Families) says that the techniques have been used in the past are not as effective as shown by studies were based on previous conventional wisdom.

For example, recent studies have shown that the questioning – which explains what happened to the patient – is largely ineffective and in some cases may actually be detrimental to the mental health of the patient. He says that several universities in the region, including the University of Delaware, are working on techniques that can better respond to the needs of children who are at risk for PTSD.

However, he says he needs to make sure that these techniques can work in a real-world clinical setting, and not just an academic.

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