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(NEW) Individualizing Treatment for Children and Adolescents with Complex Trauma and Dissociation

June 4 Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $159, 6 CEUs Presenter: Joyanna Silberg, PhD Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

In this workshop, Dr. Silberg will review current treatments that deal with complex trauma in children and adolescents and show how one can integrate in an eclectic way key components so that the individual needs of these special clients are addressed. These clients alternate between periods when they may overaroused and out of control, and periods of time where they may be more regulated and receptive to dealing with past trauma. Chronically traumatized children may be avoidant of the deep feelings that at are the root of their trauma, but their avoidance often makes them therapy resistant. This workshop will address the complexity of timing in interventions as children fluctuate in their readiness for various interventions.

A special focus will be placed on how to address dissociative patterns which lead children and adolescents to avoidance, and how treatment resistance manifests itself in hyperactive responses, numbing or “Pseudo-health”. Therapist will appreciate how both stabilizing and processing are important interventions and may use different techniques at different times based on the clients’ fluctuating states. Dr. Silberg will give opportunity to practice some techniques, and provide a theoretical grounding that can help inform treatment choice at different points on the treatment trajectory.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe three methods for intervening directly with dissociation in children.
  • Participants will identify 3 choice points that will lead them to work on either processing or stabilizing techniques.
  • Participants will apply two modalities of treatment to a case they are currently working on.


8:45 – 10:30 am

  • Theoretical background of complex trauma and the brain

10:30 – 10:45 am  BREAK

10:45 – 12 pm

  • Elements of the Educate Model

12 – 1:00 pm  LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30

  • Working with self-states and dissociative retreat in children

2:30 – 2:40  BREAK

2:40 – 4:00

  • Processing versus stabilization: EMDR, sensori-motor, and play  interventions timed to maximize progress
  • Case application
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