Child, Family and Trauma

Complex psychotrauma complaints do not only have consequences for the struck individuals themselves but certainly also for those who are closest to them.

Psychotraumatic complaints: it is not just you who suffers
Irritability, mood swings, aggressive outbursts, absence and addictive behaviour will all have an impact on how the system functions. Family members experience at first hand the consequences of the complaints on the part of parents and/or children. When several family members have been hit by extremely awful events, such as a confrontation with violence, family life may be seriously disrupted. Then, it can be very difficult for family members to get round to fulfilling their normal growth tasks. Clinical experience has shown that attention is not always directed at the family behind the individual client. To change this, a programme has been designed that targets children and families in the wake of trauma. This programme is intended for a variety of target groups: refugees and asylum seekers, migrants and people with job-related trauma, such as veterans and police officers.


Youth Care Act and Transition
The new Dutch Youth Care Act and the transition of all care provisions for children, young people and families to come under the responsibility of municipalities will bring about considerable changes. Our programme seeks to support the professionals engaged in care work with young people and families and working in the municipalities. ARQ Centrum’45 can offer training and support as to content to professionals wishing to find out more about the diagnostics and treatment of families in the aftermath of psychotrauma.

Research is part and parcel of the programme targeting the consequences of trauma and migration for a family’s functioning. Since the impact of the interactions within these families has so far been neglected, this research programme can certainly be termed innovative. At the same time, this is also very much an in-depth programme as it emphatically seeks to inspire clinical practice by contributing to the development of diagnostics and interventions. This is only possible when clinical practice, in its turn, is the source of inspiration for the research programme. This exchange between research and clinical practice constitutes the basis for the development of all activities in the young persons’ unit.

Aim of the research

  • Mapping the relational consequences of trauma and migration for family functioning.
  • Evaluating treatment methods that modify these consequences at family level.
  • Gaining insight into the relation between attachment and trauma problems (most topical in present scientific research with respect to complex and chronic traumatization).
  • Evaluating treatment methods with families with complex trauma problems. In both the clinic, the day clinic and with ambulatory groups (Multifamily Therapy [MFT] and Infant Mental Health [IMH]), scientific research is integrated within the diagnostics and treatment of a varied research population. Collaboration with other research programmes in in place.