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Joyanna Silberg, PhD

Senior Consultant, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

presenter photoJoyanna Silberg, Ph.D. is the Senior Consultant for Child and Adolescent Trauma at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore Maryland and the Executive Vice-President of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence. Her psychotherapy practice specializes in children and adolescents suffering from dissociative symptoms and disorders, and her forensic practice specializes in child sexual abuse. She has served as an expert witness in 27 states. She is past-president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and contributing editor to the society’s journal, the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. She is the recipient of the 1992 Walter P. Klopfer Award for her research, 1997 Cornelia Wilbur Award for clinical excellence, and the 2011 William Friedrich Award for work on Child Sexual Abuse. Silberg is the editor of The Dissociative Child (Sidran Press) and co-editor of Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors (Haworth Press). She has presented nationally and internationally on child abuse, psychotherapy, and protecting abused children in family court. She is the consultant for DVLEAP's Custody and Abuse Project with Office on Violence Against Women, and her project involves an analysis of cases in which judicial decisions that imperil children are reversed by later judicial decisions. Her newest book The Child Survivor: Healing Developmental Trauma and Dissociation, was released by Routledge Press in October of 2012.

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006 – Assessment and Management of Complex Trauma and Dissociation in Children and Adolescents

Assessment and Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation in Children and Adolescents

Friday, November 27

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Room: Ballroom 4


Joyanna Silberg, PhD

Senior Consultant, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

This presentation will introduce a developmental understanding of dissociation and describe how early symptoms of trauma and dissociation are manifest in young children and adolescents. A treatment model will be presented that moves logically through education about trauma symptoms through teaching affect regulation and mastering traumatic memories.

Children's artwork and writings will be presented that help to illustrate the impaired sense of identity that traumatized children may experience. The presenter will introduce ways of communicating even to young children that will help them understand the effects of trauma and how to use skills to overcome the disabling effects of their experiences.