Intended to help clinicians, youth and community workers, teachers and parents to support resolution and recovery, this volume examines the effects of threat, stress, and traumatic events, including acts of terror, on children and youth. It addresses not only the individual reprecussions of threat but also a collective approach to threat. This is essential information for youth service professionals, who are often charged with the care of groups of children when a threatening incident occurs, as were the day–care providers and teachers around the World Trade Center on September 11.
It also illustrates important ways to prevent traumatic situations from having lifelong, negative imppacts. These methods involve providing immediate intervention and fostering safety as soon as a threatening incident has occurred as well as preparing children for future threats in ways that enhance feelings of safety rather than raise anxiety.
The contributors to this issue have made a significant commitment to examining how particular approaches to working with children may in fact augment the restoration of joy and, ultimately, hope.
ROBERT D. MACY is executive director, the Center for Trauma Psychology; codirector, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Network–Category III; and director, Community Services, the Trauma Center–Boston. In collaboration with codirector Bessel van der Kolk, he is responsible for the Category III design, development, and service delivery management of the national initiative to research and treat child and adolescent posttraumatic stress disorders funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Macy is also the director of the psychosocial initiatives at the Trauma Center–Boston and founder of the Community Services Program, which manages the Metro Boston Trauma Response Network for Youth.
SUSANNA BARRY is assistant director of the Program in Afterschool Education and Research (PAER) at Harvard.
GIL G. NOAM is associate professor of psychiatry/psychology at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School and associate professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the founding director of the PAER.