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Treating Traumatized Teens and Emerging Adults: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship
For: Professionals
Provided by: Dr. Martha Straus, Presented by Solutions On Site

Date and Time

Fri May 12, 2023
1:00 - 4:00pm


Event Description

Traumatized adolescents and young adults struggle with self-regulation. They are dysregulated across systems--neurologically, cognitively, physically, emotionally, behaviorally, socially, and spiritually. Anxious and vigilant, and unable to trust themselves or caregivers, they may experience even loving relationships as confusing and frightening. But to learn self-soothing, they must first be able to rely upon others and discover the comfort of co-regulation. They benefit from relationships with adults that provide them with the psychological (and physical) sense of stability and containment they cannot supply themselves.
Their lifelong experience of the world as unpredictable is exacerbated by the fear and uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to us all. To work effectively with these youth, it’s crucial for adults to first foster their own capacity for self-awareness and self-regulation. It’s not easy, especially now, when we have also endured traumatic stress and losses of our own. Their extreme reactions—ranging from angry arousal to frozen shutting down—can more easily trigger our own increased sense of helplessness and overwhelm.
In this webinar, you will learn about Developmental-Relational Therapy (DRT), an attachment-based model of trauma treatment. You will learn and practice mindful, empathic strategies that help teens feel more secure, connected, present, and regulated—even over Zoom. You’ll discover how to get unhooked from old enactments by exploring:
• The additional challenges for development and trauma therapy in a pandemic
• The Four M’s—mirroring, mentalizing, mindfulness, and modulation—to increase connection and mood regulation
• The React, Reflect, and Respond approach to corrective relational experiences

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This event is listed under these topics

Addictions (including Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling)
Behaviour and Conduct Problems
Social Skills and Life Skills
Child and Youth Service Organizations
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma and Abuse
Self-harm including Self-cutting
Attachment Problems
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