The Challenge of Adolescent Attachment: Working with Traumatized Teens and their Families
Traumatized adolescents 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 joy of co-regulation. They benefit from relationships with adults that provide them with the psychological (and physical) sense of containment they cannot supply themselves. In this workshop, we will discuss and practice mindful, empathic strategies to help these teens—and their parents–feel more secure, connected, present, and stable.
Martha Straus, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire, and adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. She consults to schools, hospitals, community mental health centers, and social service agencies. Dr. Straus conducts workshops internationally on child, adolescent, and family development, attachment, trauma, and therapy. She is the author of numerous articles and four books including No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents, and more recently, Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope.
Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CE Credits: 5
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