Our desire is to facilitate healing of traumatized children by equipping parents and professionals with understand and healing interventions.
Thank you for your interest in learning about the special needs of children with complex trauma. Such trauma can occur from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and even from emotionally distant primary caregivers. We offer specialized training in the impact of early trauma and provide healing interventions. We will make research practical.
Many times parents, direct care staff, teachers, therapists, and case workers struggle with the how-to’s. We will lay the foundation for healing-the why’s, then the how-to’s.
Trauma from neglect, abuse, and abandonment:
The child’s healthy development is derailed with each trauma. Developmental milestones cannot be reached when a child is living in stress and fear and/or when a child does not have an emotionally responsive and attuned caregiver to guide the child through these stages. Imagine the developmental “holes” a child may have from multiple caregivers and placements, abuse, and neglect. Trauma impairs “attachment, biology, affect, dissociation, behavioral regulation, cognition, and self-concept” (cook et al., p.392). In our training, we will identify 6 Trauma Disrupted Competencies and offer multiple interventions to address each with healing interventions, not just behavioral change.
Treatment in the context of relationships:
Counseling 101 instructs clinicians to form a therapeutic relationship with their clients. Traumatized children are adverse to relationships and do not trust adults. These children may be difficult to engage and resistant in revisiting their early trauma. Specific training and creativity are needed to engage a resistant child. To further complicate treatment, some parents are emotionally unavailable due to not understanding the child’s behaviors. Treatment must be in the context of relationships-parent/child if possible-with multiple positive and reparative experiences. The parents may be the first clients-as the clinician helps them explore and resolve their histories, expectations, skills, stress, grief and loss, and sometimes, infertility. Clinicians find that training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and Theraplay meet their clinical needs.