Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) December 12, 2011
Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D., an internationally recognized child psychologist and Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh has been invited to provide written testimony that will be presented at a hearing tomorrow before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. The hearing, scheduled for 10:15 am in Washington, will focus on how well federal laws (most specifically: reporting requirements) are working to protect children from abuse.
Organized by U.S. Senators, Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Children and Families, Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), the hearing will examine existing gaps in the legal system and consider proposals to improve reporting requirements.
According to Senator Mikulski’s press announcement, the hearing follows troubling allegations of child sexual abuse at Pennsylvania State University and the failure to report the alleged crimes to law-enforcement authorities. Currently, only 18 states require all adults to report suspected child abuse.
Dr. Mannarino is a leading authority on childhood trauma and abuse who has provided clinical services to traumatized children and their families for more than 25 years. He is the past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and was named to the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Child and Adolescent Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in 2008.
Under Dr. Mannarino’s direction, the AGH Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents is a program that helps children and families cope with traumatic events, such as child abuse, community or domestic violence, terrorism, war and natural disasters. The center’s team of psychiatrists and psychologists have played critical roles is assisting disaster relief efforts around the country, including September 11, Hurricane Katrina and the crash of USAir Flight 427, among other events.
Dr. Mannarino and his colleagues have also been principle investigators for numerous federally funded studies examining the impact and treatment of child sexual abuse.
Together with Judith Cohen, MD, a child psychiatrist at AGH, Dr. Mannarino is credited with developing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) an innovative and effective treatment for traumatized children that has become a standard of care for children across the United States and in several countries around the world. They are also co-authors of the book “Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents”, which provides an overview of the TF-CBT approach and how the model can be adapted to treat children of different ages and cultural backgrounds.
Editors Note: A copy of Dr. Mannarino’s Senate testimony will be available upon request on Tuesday, December 13 at 10:15 am.