Treating Adolescent Attachment-Trauma: The Challenge of Connection
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 presentation—accompanied by case descriptions, video clips, experiential exercises, and lively discussion—Dr. Straus will describe 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.
Martha B. 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 maintains a private practice in Brattleboro, Vermont, and presents internationally on child, adolescent, and family development, attachment, trauma, and therapy. Straus graduated with honors from Brown University and received her doctorate in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland. She completed her internship at the Yale Child Study Center, where she was a Zigler Fellow in Child Development and Social Policy. Straus’ postdoctoral years were spent in the department of psychiatry at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She’s the author of numerous articles and four books including Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope, and the highly acclaimed No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents. Her forthcoming book on adolescent trauma treatment, The Challenge of Connection, will be published in the fall of 2016. She lives in southern Vermont.
Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS: 6
CE Credits for NASW: 5
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