Trauma and the Developing Adolescent Brain
Childhood trauma has the potential to overwhelm the coping ability of children and can create developmental changes in brain structure and function. These changes to the developing mind allow for short term survival and sacrifice long term effective functioning. Adolescence is a time when these changes have the potential for both becoming more deeply embedded or largely rectified as the person moves toward adulthood. This workshop will detail some aspects of how the brain copes with overwhelming trauma and impairment or disorganized attachment and how, when identified and treated effectively, the changes in the brain can facilitate healing. Specific case examples will be provided from various causes of C-PTSD and dissociative responses and some basic methods of addressing these changes in order to facilitate more effective functioning will be provided.
At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
- Identify 3 specific causes of childhood/adolescent traumatic stressors that may lead to dissociative reactions/coping mechanisms
- Identify 2 changes in brain structure and function during adolescence that can help to overcome traumatic stress and dissociative reactions
- Name 3 environmental and 2 developmental problems that can complicate adolescent treatment of traumatic stress and dissociative reactions
Presenter: Robert Slater, LCSW-R
Presenter Bio: Robert Slater, LCSW-R is founder and president of Copeland Ave Counseling, PLLC, with offices in Syracuse and Homer, NY. He has worked with children and adolescent in residential and school and with all ages in the private practice setting settings. His work with facility placed adolescents led him to focus on how traumatic stressors impact growth, behavior and development. This focus has continued throughout his career. Robert is a member if EMDRIA and ISSTD. He is serving his second term on the Board of Directors of ISSTD, currently as secretary. He is Chairman of the Communication/Marketing Committee and an ISSTD fellow. He is also a recipient of the 2017 President's Award of Distinction.
- 1.50 ISSTD Certificate ProgramThis program is eligible for 1.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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