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  Hands-on Approaches to Helping Children Heal from Traumatic Events - Children’s National Medical Center Publishes Educational Resource
March 10, 2008

For Immediate Release: March 10, 2008

Contact: Paula Darte, 202-476-4500

Washington, DC – Creative Arts Week, held this week in Washington, DC, highlights the importance of using art, dance, movement, writing, music, and drama, to help children and adults heal from traumatic events. On March 13, 2008, The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations will be hosting education sessions on Capitol Hill about the work of therapy associations across the nation. One focus of these sessions is the use of creative art therapies with people affected by traumatic events that can cause Acute Stress Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In recognition and support for Creative Arts Week, Children’s National Medical Center’s International Center to Heal Our Children (ICHOC) will highlight its newest publication, Hands-on Approaches to Helping Children Heal from Traumatic Events, a resource for all caregivers. The publication received a bronze Aster Award for excellence in medical marketing.

“All children have unique ways of expressing themselves,” said Paramjit T. Joshi, MD, division chief, Behavioral Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center. “In the process of healing emotionally from trauma or violence, it is even more important to foster self expression. Many of these techniques also cultivate communication between children and adults so adults understand a child’s experience and needs.”

Dr. Joshi and colleagues produced the educational resource, Hands-on Approaches to Helping Children Heal from Traumatic Events, to share expressive strategies with caregivers, parents, educators, and providers to help traumatized children. The ICHOC provides information, training, and outreach to communities, nationally and internationally, related to psychological effects of trauma on children and families. Dr. Joshi is an internationally-known expert on childhood trauma.

The book was developed in response to nation-wide demand for assistance in helping children and families cope with the September 11, 2001 attacks, as well as subsequent natural disasters and acts of violence. The ICHOC makes training available through regular workshops and through special requests. To learn more about the ICHOC, workshops, and educational publications and downloadable resources, go to http://www.childrensnational.org/ichoc/.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Joshi, contact Paula Darte, public relations, Children’s National Medical Center: 202-476-4500.

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Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children’s has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children’s National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit www.childrensnational.org.