G-05 - The Challenge and Opportunity of Treatment of Children and Caregivers When Both Have Traumatic Stress   Intermediate

  Traumatic Stress   Mental Health   Child Abuse (Physical/Sexual)

Engaging caregivers with their own histories of trauma is a critical challenge for practitioners seeking to help children who have experienced multiple traumas and have not been able to count on caregivers to consistently provide safety, guidance, & nurture. This workshop will present three treatment models (Real Life Heroes, Attachment, Regulation and Competence, & Strengthening Family Coping Resources) that have been successful in helping caregivers to heal from their own traumatic stress as they help their children. Participants will discuss strategies for overcoming challenges and treatment recommendations applied to a case description. This workshop is part of a three-workshop series.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to define at least three strategies for engaging and sustaining therapeutic alliances with caregivers who have their own trauma histories, as drawn from the core components and tools from three innovative treatment models.
2. Participants will be able to identify at least three strategies to help caregivers strengthen or build emotionally supportive relationships with children with traumatic stress.
3. Participants will increase skill in supporting caregivers in the parallel process of addressing their own traumatic stress while supporting their children in develop self and co-regulation skills, rebuilding trust, and integrating traumatic memories.