Prepare for Trauma Work – Foundational Considerations
- The importance of engagement for self and clients
- What you do before, during, and after
- Psychoeducation-creative ways to educate youth and families
- Collaborative assessment of client’s needs
Attachment Considerations (Theory)
- Timeline progression – From Bowlby to today
- Attachment styles
- Trauma’s impact on attachment and ability to heal
Regulation and Co-Regulation - Modeling/Teaching/Experiencing
- Power differential – being in the space together
- Window of tolerance
- Arrow of comfort
- Stations of modulation- Creating a modulation tool kit
History of Trauma Timeline
- Evolution of the language and understanding (of trauma)
Interactive Teach Back
- Current definitions of trauma
- Traumatic events
Symptoms & Outcomes
Best Practices for Assessment – Consideration for Referral and Diagnosis
- Evidenced-based assessment tools - can or cannot use
- Intake considerations – ask right questions
- ACE and developmental trauma
- Diagnosing with DSM™
Creating and Assessing Safety – Interactive with Scope of Practice
- What is safety
- Create your own safe space activity
- Building routines in session - families, school, and milieu systems
- Identify safe people and relationships
Comparing Evidence-Based/ Informed Treatments for High Level Trauma
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Somatic therapy
- Play therapy
Expressive Arts and Treatment (Need for non-verbal components within scope of practice)
- Writing and journaling
- Visual art
- Rhythmic movement
- Use of metaphor
Moving from Surviving to Thriving
- Case conceptualization - integration of trauma narrative – story, timeline, poem
- Closure group activity
- Sample questionnaires
Risks and Limitations
- Create a plan to center yourself before, during, and after trauma related sessions 100% of the time.
- Identify 3 creative ways to assess treatment needs and offer psychoeducation to your clients, parents, and colleagues.
- Understand the 4 attachment styles and name at least 4 ways they are impacted by trauma experiences in childhood and adolescents.
- Identify one way to support safe caregiving systems for trauma-impacted youth.
- Identify at least 2 activities that can be used to support regulation.
- Define acute, chronic, complex, and vicarious trauma and identify at least 3 consequences of early complex trauma exposure.
- Complete a safe space activity and identify 3 ways you could modify it to use with your clients.
- Use trauma informed problem solving to create a gains and loss list to problem solve at least one evidence based/informed practice is right for your practice.
- Utilize bibliotherapy and expressive arts to teach children, adolescents, and families the concepts of attunement, healthy connection, and regulation.
- Chose at least 3 ways to integrate art and games into individual and family therapy to increase the strength of attachment and healthy regulation in children, adolescents, and families.
- Learn how to navigate the dance of building resources, putting on the brakes, and doing deeper trauma work.
- Describe at least one way to support a youth in moving from surviving to thriving and integrating their trauma experience into their sense of self.
- Social Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Addiction Counselors
- Occupational Therapists
- Other Mental Health Professionals