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.

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Niki Gomez-Perales

Clinical Child and Adolescent Therapist
Child and Adolescent Services; Department of Public Health, Cith of Hamilton
Hamilton, Ontario

Niki is a therapist, lecturer and author in children’s mental health, complex trauma, attachment and dissociation. Niki brings 30 years of experience in the field. She has lectured on Complex Trauma and Attachment with the ISST-D, the ESTD, the ISTSS, the ESTSS and ATTACh. She is a guest lecturer for the Universities of Windsor and Guelph and is on staff as an instructor for Safeguards Training for Child and Adult Services. Niki is an active member and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and a winner of the ISST-D 2016 written media award for her book “Attachment-Focused Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents: Phase-Oriented Strategies for Addressing Complex Trauma Disorders,” released by Routledge Publishing House, The Taylor and Francis Group, in June of 2015. Niki's second book, “Attachment Focused Toolbox: Phase Oriented Strategies, techniques and tools for Addressing Complex Trauma Disorders in Children and Adolescents” is scheduled for release by Routledge in 2018.

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