Dr Ruth Reed, Specialty Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, will look at how traumatic events affect children and why some children develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health conditions as a result of traumatic events. Her talk will also cover how these conditions are detected, how they can be treated and will explore the factors which can promote recovery and resilience, even in the face of extreme childhood experiences, including how families recover from traumatic events together or keep each other’s illness going and how PTSD affects children’s educational and social activities.

Dr Reed has published articles in The Lancet and British Medical Journal on the mental health of refugee children in developed and developing countries, missed diagnoses of PTSD, and a book chapter on the mental health of children separated through trafficking, asylum-seeking, undocumented migrant and privately fostered children. Dr Reed has also introduced a group at Oxford Health NHS FT for the parents of young people with PTSD, for educational and supportive purposes, and to address factors which can impede a child’s recovery – such as avoidance of talking about the event within the family.

Friday 24 January 2014

10.00am – 12.00pm

Conference Room,

Cambridge House,

Smeaton Close,


HP19 8JR


This talk is free to attend but spaces are limited. To book your place please email enquiries@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk