Child Protection and Development Specialist
Trauma debriefing is a particular skill and requires specific training. We have included a description of the CATT process in this module for your information and further training should you want to move in this direction. It is a safe and tested CBT technique to work with prolonged PTSD symptoms and may be useful in your tool box. The presentation video that goes with this section is given by Luke Lamprecht who helps us to think about trauma and potential creative ways to provide support. Please note there are restrictions on training CATT - visit LUNA’s website to find out more http://www.lunachildren.org.uk/CATT.html.
A CBT technique for prolonged PTSD symptoms: Children’s Accelerated Trauma Training
Luna Children’s Charity is a child-centred voluntary organisation, which exists to advance the rights, education and health of children and young people affected by conflict and trauma. This video explains a little more about who they are, and what they do.
Children’s Accelerated Trauma Therapy (CATT) is a cognitive therapeutic protocol that utilises specific child-centred and play/arts based techniques, in order to help children, process and re-script traumatic memories in ways that are comfortable for them and age appropriate. CATT has been used with children from the age of three up to adults. The benefit of this approach is that it does not rely heavily on language and/or cognitive ability of the recipient, and has therefore been widely accepted cross-culturally and by services supporting children with a wide range of needs.
To ensure that CATT targets children and young people who are suffering with the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Luna uses the “CRIES-8" or the Children's Impact of Events Scale (8). This was originally developed by Horowitz et al (1979) and subsequently modified to monitor the main phenomena of re-experiencing the traumatic event and of avoidance of that event and the feelings to which it gave rise.
(Taken from: http://www.lunachildren.org.uk/CATT.html)
Structure of CATT process
Holistic CATT protocol
CATT Phase one:
CATT Phase two:
POST-CATT Protocol take-home technique for symptom reduction if triggered.
E. Theme: Technique to manage triggers once back in the world