F-04 - Resiliency-focused Treatment for Children and Caregivers with Complex Trauma   Intermediate

  Traumatic Stress   Mental Health   Child Abuse (Physical/Sexual)

Participants will explore how creative arts activities and the metaphor of heroes can be utilized to engage children and caregivers to work in trauma-informed treatment programs. This workshop will include an introduction to Complex PTSD, ‘best practice’ treatment components for Complex PTSD, and use of Real Life Heroes, an evidence-supported treatment program, to engage hard-to-reach children and families. Research results from the HEROES Project will be discussed including lessons learned from implementation of an integrated trauma and attachment-focused learning collaborative in child/family services and behavioral health treatment programs. This workshop is part of a three-workshop series.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify NCTSN recommended components of treatment of Complex Trauma with children and families.
2. Access and begin implementation of a manualized protocol for affect regulation, strengthening child-caregiver relationships, and life story integration.
3. Use creative arts and life story work to engage caregivers and children & to strengthen a child's self-image and cultural heritage.