Intervention Strategies for Treating Traumatized Siblings on a Pediatric Inpatient Unit

Authors

  • Timothy P. McGarvey LMSW, RN,

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    1. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital—Westchester Division, White Plains, New York
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  • Craig Haen MA, RDT, CGP

    1. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital—Westchester Division, White Plains, New York
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Manager, Children's Day Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605. E-mail: tim9004@nyp.org

Abstract

This article examines the course of treatment for 2 traumatized siblings in an acute inpatient child psychiatric unit following severe physical abuse by their mother. In treating these 2 boys, the authors used intervention strategies that can be applied to the treatment of other traumatized siblings in institutional settings. Issues of self-worth, survivor guilt, and conflictual sibling dynamics are illustrated as they relate to the treatment. In addition, transference-countertransference dynamics are examined.

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