Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship

To work with troubled and traumatized adolescents, it is crucial for therapists to first foster their own capacity for self-awareness and self-regulation. It is not easy, especially when our young clients’ extreme reactions—ranging from angry arousal to frozen shutting down — can trigger one’s sense of helplessness, failure, dissociation, and rejection. In this workshop, Dr. Straus will describe Developmental-Relational Therapy (DRT), an attachment-based model of trauma treatment. Participants will learn and practice mindful, empathic strategies that help teens feel more secure, connected, present and regulated. In additon, participants will discover how to get unhooked from old enactments by exploring:

  • Specific adolescent attachment styles that interact with or trigger our own
  • The React, Reflect, and Respond approach to corrective relational experiences
  • The Four M’s—Mirroring, Mentalizing, Mindfulness, and Moduation — to increase connection and mood regulation
  • How to use attunement—including strategies of validation, self-disclosure, and the compassionate sharing of adult feelings and opinions-—to bring traumatized teens back into relationships with themselves and with their clinicians

martha-strausMartha B. Straus, PhD, is a professor in the department of clinical psychology at Antioch University New England, is the author of five books including No-Talk Therapy and the newly released Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.


Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
CEUs for NYS: 6
CEUs for NASW – CT: 5


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The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111