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Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev. 2004 Dec;7(4):211-21.

School entry after a community-wide trauma: challenges and lessons learned from September 11th, 2001.

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  • 1New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA. browne@stjohns.edu


The purpose of this paper is to describe the implementation of a school-based trauma-specific mental health program in New York City following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This program aimed to serve children most at risk for developing mental health problems as a result of physical proximity (e.g., evacuation from schools surrounding the World Trade Center) to the trauma. As we present the components of the program, we will review the literature that guided our decision making. The ongoing struggle between searching for answers from established science and immediate needs in a crisis is highlighted. Lastly, a discussion of the lessons learned and recommended next steps is presented.

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