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Help For Children Coping With Illness Or Injury 

Pediatric Medical Trauma

Pediatric medical traumatic stress refers to the psychological and physiological responses of children and their families to pain, injury, serious illness, medical procedures, and invasive or frightening treatment experiences. The child’s experience impacts the whole family as they attempt to cope with the new crisis on top of the pre-existing demands of daily life. The difference between minimal or significant psychological trauma rests in a number of factors, such as the child’s age, support from caregivers, and coping skills. The two psychotherapy services described below address the needs of the child and all family members. These services are intended to minimize, and hopefully prevent, a long term traumatic stress reaction.

 

 

Medical Crisis Counseling

Pediatric emergency medical care in response to a life threatening injury can be overwhelmingly frightening to a child or adolescent. Without adequate support, the child, siblings and parent/caregivers, can experience stress that can deplete existing coping skills. Medical Crisis Counseling is intervention designed to assist the child and family during this stressful time, and prevent the development of maladaptive coping strategies or post traumatic stress disorder.

 

Medical Coping Counseling

When the initial medical crisis is over, some children are faced with recovery or illness management that may continue for months or years. Others must learn to adjust their lifestyle to the permanent limitations their illness or injury brings. Medical Coping Counseling is intervention designed to assist the child and family with the challenges of adjustment, re-entry to school, and coping with the lifestyle changes brought about by the child’s illness or injury. 

 

Children Newly Diagnosed With Cancer

Children newly diagnosed with cancer and their families are provided with Medical Crisis and Medical Coping Counseling services uniquely designed for their needs. Using the Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program, Newly Diagnosed (SCCIP-ND) developed by staff at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, these children, their parents and siblings are guided through the treatment and recovery stages.  

 

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