3 Hour Workshop
Attachment Focused Toolbox: Phase Oriented Strategies, Techniques and Tools for Addressing Complex Trauma Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Saturday, March 24
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salon 12
Both disrupted attachment and traumatic impact are components of complex trauma in children and adolescents. New research in neurobiology is providing insight into the impact of early trauma and disrupted attachment on the brain development of the children and adolescents with whom we work. Niki Gomez-Perales, therapist and author of Attachment-Focused Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents: Phase-Oriented Strategies for Addressing Complex Trauma Disorders (Routledge, 2015), and Attachment Focused Toolbox: Phase Oriented Strategies, techniques and tools for Addressing Complex Trauma Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Routledge, scheduled for release 2018) provides hands on strategies, techniques and tools aimed at addressing these impacts and working directly to support neurological integration and post traumatic growth. From engaging child and caregiver, achieving stability, attachment, and co-regulation skills, through trauma processing and integration, and on to creating a childhood within their developmental trajectory, this workshop utilises principles of attachment therapy, neurological integration and trauma treatment within a phase oriented framework to provide effective treatment to children and adolescents with histories of complex trauma. Issues specific to the treatment of pre-verbal trauma, dissociative presentations and dissociative disorders will be addressed in a detailed way that will allow for the application of this approach to the treatment of even the most complex and challenging traumatised young people.
- Participants will be able to negotiate the engagement of both young clients and caregivers who perceive themselves as having competing needs and agendas.
- Participants will be able to identify and use specific attachment focused techniques in order to build and improve the attachment relationship between the child or adolescent and their attachment figure in order to support and facilitate further treatment.
- Participants will be able to identify and use specific neurologically based techniques in order to assist the child or adolescent in achieving improved neurological integration, coping skills and self-regulation.
- Participants will be able to identify and use specific integrative techniques with children and adolescents in the exploration of traumatic memory within the support of enhanced attachment relationships.
- Participants will be able to support children, adolescents, and their caregivers in returning to their developmental trajectory and creating a childhood beyond their complex trauma experiences