Of the many children and parents exposed to traumatic medical experiences, only a few receive psychosocial resources. Several reasons for this exist, such as a limited number of clinicians trained in trauma informed psychological interventions, stigma associated with mental health care and high cost and/or lack of insurance coverage for mental health care.
In an effort to remove some of these barriers, researchers developed a web based, interactive intervention called Coping Coach. The goals of Coping Coach are to prevent or reduce persistent post traumatic stress symptoms and promote health-related quality of life by combining an overarching story-line complete with personable characters and interactive activities with coping skills education and practice. In initial pilot testing, children and parents expressed positive feedback regarding coping skills learned as well as feasibility and usability of Coping Coach. Coping Coach seems to show promise as a way to deliver mental health services to children and future research will focus on evaluating the efficacy of Coping Coach to reduce traumatic stress symptoms and improve quality life for children following a medical event.