Children's Accelerated Trauma Therapy
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. More detailed discussion of the criteria may be seen on the Children and War website.