Category Archives: Trauma

For Providers: Assessing Posttraumatic Play

As a psychologist-in-training specializing in child trauma, I am constantly looking for reliable ways to assess posttraumatic symptomology, especially in young children who often cannot report their symptoms to adults.  Children express distress differently than adults; even the DSM-IV-TR acknowledges … Continue reading

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For Parents: Identifying Problematic Play

In my practice working with parents of child trauma survivors, the issue of posttraumatic play often arises.  Parents sometimes don’t understand what posttraumatic play is.  Some of the questions I’ve heard include: “When my child plays “doctor” with his or … Continue reading

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Trauma & Dissociation in the DSM5: Where Do They Fit?

Spiegel, D. (2010).  Dissociation in the DSM5.  Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 11, 261-265. In David Spiegel’s most recent Editorial in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, he discusses some of the possible changes for dissociative disorders in the upcoming … Continue reading

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A New Type of PTSD?

Lanius, R.A., Vermetten, E., Loewenstein, R.J., Schmal, C., Brenner, D.J., & Spiegel, D. (2010).  A dissociative subtype of PTSD: Clinical and neurobiological evidence.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 167, 640-647. Psychology’s daignostic nosology, the DSM-IV-TR, is currently under intense scrutiny by … Continue reading

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