Preventing PTSD in Children and Adolescents After Acute Exposure or Disclosure: The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention


Family members play a key role in supporting children following acute trauma exposures. The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), developed through funding from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, improves family communication following traumatic events and promotes improved outcomes for children and adolescents. Learn how this brief intervention, implemented successfully within a Child Advocacy Center, can effectively prevent PTSD following exposure to trauma or the disclosure of those events.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize stressors inherent in the disclosure process and the family’s role in preventing PTSD
  • Learn the components the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)
  • Consider CFTSI implementation variables and its effectiveness in preventing PTSD

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Dr. Dunn is the Executive Director of Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis and oversees the clinical, forensic, research and training activities of the agency’s two sites. Dr. Dunn is a licensed psychologist and is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her clinical and research interests involve assessment and treatment of high-risk children and their family members in community and school based settings. Dr. Dunn received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Missouri – St. Louis , interned with the St. Louis Psychology Internship Consortium and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Community Psychological Service.

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