Assessing Complex Trauma and Dissociation in Youth with an Intergenerational Lens
This workshop is for mental health professionals who work with children and adolescents with complex mental health presentations that likely involve disorganized attachment, developmental trauma, and dissociation. Through vivid case examples, participants will learn how to detect and conceptualize dissociation among other mental health and trauma symptoms. Participants will learn about and use specialized assessment tools that aid in discerning dissociation in complex youth. This presentation will highlight intergenerational issues inherent in the assessment process through emphasis on the caregiver role in aiding assessment, the power of caregiver psychoeducation, and issues of attachment damage. Helpful resources will be shared that will aid mental health professionals in the practice setting.
30 Minutes - Developmental Trauma, Disorganized Attachment, and the Formation of Dissociative Symptoms in Children
30 Minutes - Diagnostic Considerations: Continuum, DSM 5/ICD 11, Differential and Co-morbid Diagnoses
30 Minutes - Case Examples
30 Minutes - Assessment Techniques: Caregiver Measures, Youth Measures, Provider Tips for Framing the Assessment Experience
45 Minutes - Case Examples
15 Minutes - Questions & Answers (with original live audience)
This session was originally presented as a live conference session in April 2021.
At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
- Recognize the intergenerational value of the caregiver role in assessment and use the assessment experience to guide caregivers to frame behaviors from a developmental (complex) trauma lens
- Describe the role of disorganized attachment in the formation of dissociation, highlighting intergenerational issues
- Practice using assessment tools and techniques for determining diagnostic hallmarks of dissociation in children and adolescents
- Distinguish differential and comorbid diagnoses in youth with developmental (complex) trauma
- Identify effective child friendly methods for approaching assessment of youth with complex trauma
Presenter: Patti van Eys, PhD
Presenter Bio: Patti van Eys, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and, for the past 5 years, the Chief Clinical Officer of Omni Visions, Inc. where she oversaw the clinical integrity of therapeutic practice with foster children in Omni Visions homes and residential treatment centers. Formerly, she was the Clinical Manager of Behavioral Health Programs at BlueCare Tennessee (2012-2015) and before that, an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University from 1995 to 2012. She served as the clinical director of the Vanderbilt University Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody, a center that specializes in comprehensive psychological assessments and consultations for high risk, complex children and provides intensive training to behavioral health providers. In this role, Dr. van Eys was faculty in the Tennessee TF-CBT Learning Collaborative, training over 700 providers. She has trained extensively at the local, regional, and national level in the area of child maltreatment and child mental health issues. For the past 12 years, she has been an expert witness in capital (death row) cases about the damaging effects of early and chronic child maltreatment on the developing brain. Before coming to Nashville, Dr. van Eys was a provider at the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama where she gained formative experience treating complex maltreatment trauma.
Dr. van Eys received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and completed her Clinical Internship at Harvard Medical School. She is a published author in the area of child maltreatment.
- 3.00 APAThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- 3.00 ASWB ACEThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3.00 continuing education credits.
- 3.00 ISSTD Certificate ProgramThis program is eligible for 3.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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- ISSTD defines a student as those enrolled in a program of study leading to a degree or certification in the mental health field and who have an interest in trauma and dissociation.
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