Ghost in the Family: Intergenerational Trauma and Impact on Parenting Dissociative Children
Caregivers’ own hidden traumatic histories play a significant role in their children’s development of dissociation and/or how they manage their children’s traumatic past and dissociative symptoms. These “ghosts,” in homes and therapy rooms, can have a profound impact on children’s responses and recovery. Complex children often come to the therapeutic milieu in a crisis state that requires immediate attention and stabilization. Therefore, what the parents may bring to this dire situation is often tabled or unexplored. Consequently, the parents’ “ghosts”-intergenerational traumas, attachment disturbances and dissociation - may be overlooked to attend to the child’s myriad of acting out behaviors. How parents react often plays a central role in an escalating child. Neglecting these important areas may benignly sabotage the child’s progress and appropriate therapeutic interventions.
This workshop will describe a thorough assessment of the caregivers’ history of intergenerational trauma, attachment disturbances, dissociative symptoms, other stressors in the family, sibling relationships, and trauma histories, leading to a unified and successful treatment plan. This careful analysis provides a road map for assessing strengths and challenges with individual members and overall family dynamics to devise a contextual, strength-based approach. From this assessment, intervention strategies will be presented that take the essential historical and contextual elements into account. Techniques will focus on how to help parents co-regulate their dissociative child when triggered, or when their children exhibit dissociative switching and mood and behavior disturbances. Much discussion will focus on building attachment and communication skills between parents and their child for effective interventions.
30 Minutes - Caregivers Histories including Attachment Disturbances, Trauma and Dissociation
30 Minutes - Parental Roles in Child’s Development of Trauma and Dissociation
30 Minutes - Assessment of Parents’ Strengths & Challenges
30 Minutes - Strategies that Help Caregivers Recognize How to Manage Their Own Triggers Related to Their Past
60 Minutes - Family and Parental Interventions to Build Attachment and Communication Skills
This session was originally presented as a live conference session in April 2021.
At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
- Describe the caregiver's history of trauma, dissociation and attachment disturbances that play a role in caring for their child
- Describe strategies to help the caregivers recognize how to manage their own triggers related to their past
- Utilize techniques to help the caregivers to effectively intervene in managing their dissociative child
Presenter: Frances S. Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT, PLC
Presenter Bio: Fran Waters is an internationally recognized trainer, consultant and clinician in the field of childhood trauma, abuse, and dissociation and have conducted extensive training programs nationally and internationally ranging from a day to five days in Europe, Africa, Australia, South America, and North America. She is author of Healing the fractured child: Diagnosing and treating youth with dissociation and many articles and chapters. She is the past president of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSTD) She is the executive producer of several training videos on trauma and dissociation on children. Ms. Waters is the recipient of the 2019 William Friedrich Memorial Child Sexual Abuse Research, Assessment and/or Treatment Award from Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, the 2012 ISSTD Presidential Award and 2019 ISSTD Cornelia Wilbert Award, the 2008 Media Award from American Professional Society on Abuse of Children as executive producer of the three Part DVD on Trauma and Dissociation of Children. She is a contributing editor for the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. She maintain a private practice in Marquette, MI.
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.
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