American and Iraqi clinicians have been working for five years to address the needs of families affected by combat and war. These case presentations reflect the compelling dilemmas of a generation of children whose lives have been affected by these events.
Participants learn to understand the cumulative effect of multi-generation parental combat exposure, to recognize the role grief may take in children’s responses to the injuries or death of a parent, and to identify presenting behaviors or moods as responses to these traumatic events. The cases reveal the complexity of responses as children struggle to grieve, understand, and cope. The clinicians discuss how having a system that can assess and plan intervention is a fundamental component for helping these children, and their families, resume a developmental trajectory that can attempt to integrate these overwhelming experiences and move forward with hope.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Nancy B. Black, M.D.
Waiel H.S. Alani, M.D., Martha E. Culpepper, M.D., Ryo Chun, M.D., Paramjit T. Joshi, M.D. and Barbara Leiner, L.C.S.W., M.S.W.
Sponsored by the AACAP
Disaster and Trauma Issues Committee
International Relations Committee
Military Issues Committee