For families having ongoing distress, crises, or trouble meeting their children’s needs, trauma treatment is available to help your family seek safety, grow stronger, and heal.
Things families can do to cope with traumatic stress
It is natural to want to “put the past behind you” and not to think or talk about the bad things that happened. While each person in the family may behave differently, families can manage fear and stress and feel safer when they spend time together talking about their feelings, return to everyday routines, respect family rules, and honor family traditions.
Some families get better with time and the support of others, while other families may need help from trauma treatments. When seeking help, your family can:
- Talk to a doctor, school counselor, or spiritual leader about the family’s trauma event
- Find a mental health provider who has experience helping families overcome traumatic stress, ideally with training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) or another evidenced based trauma treatment model.