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Chicago, IL

Tapping Children's Hidden Strengths: Exciting New Psychobiological Approaches

MARCH 16, 2018

Powerful new understandings about the internal, interpersonal, and societal impact of trauma and chronic stress on children point to a growing need for embodied and active treatment approaches to the healing process. This one-day workshop will give you new ways to understand children's trauma symptoms, effective and playful interventions to use in your practice and knowledge to educate your community about the impact of trauma on children and families. This workshop will explore current developments in the diagnostic understanding of complex trauma and implications for best practice. We will examine emerging bottom-up child treatment approaches utilizing film and clinical case examples. The program allows you to see and feel how these approaches access and impact children's disrupted regulation and attachment systems, and to learn about the power of "bottom-up change" and how easily transferable these tools are to your clinical settings.

Anne Westcott has committed her career to serving children and families impacted by trauma. Since 1986, she has worked in public, private, school, and home-based setting. Anne is co-creator and trainer for the SMART Program, a full-body treatment approach for traumatized children, developed at the Trauma Center @ JRI. In addition, she has been a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute since 2009, and is collaborating on their children's curriculum. She consults to and trains a broad range of therapists, from those early in their careers in residential and community clinics to seasoned certified sensorimotor psychotherapists in private practice. Anne is a lively presenter who weaves theory and research with clinical practice examples to convey useful and applicable information for everyone. She is co-authoring a series of children's books for lay people to convey information about trauma and hidden resources in the body, due Fall 2017, as well as a clinical book on SMART, due 2018. Currently, Anne leads a basic training in Affect Dysregulation and Traumatic Memory, and an advanced course in Emotional Processing and Attachment Repair in Chicago for the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Gain essential knowledge about the core neurobiological disruptions from trauma exposure in early development, so that you can better select and offer effective child treatment interventions to your clients.

  2. Apply the proposed Development Trauma Disorder diagnosis for children exposed to chronic stress.

  3. Effectively explain the impact of chronic trauma exposure on children to clients, colleagues, teachers and insurers utilizing the most current framework.

  4. Apply 2-3 simple bottom-up somatic inputs for children to address dysregulation.

  5. Education clients and families about how to employ bodily supports at home to better sooth themselves and their child when upset.

  6. Become a leader and educator in your communities about the impact of developmental trauma on children, families, and society.

6 CEU's available to LCPCs, LCSWs, LMFTs and Clinical Psychologists. This workshop is part of the Sharing the Journey Professional Development Series 2017-2018.

Times: Please see exact times on CCIH website
Location: Loyola University Chicago: Coffey Hall, McCormick Lounge, Chicago, IL 60626.
Tuition: 160 USD.
Contact: SPI Admissions, 3034473290,
Local Contact: The CCIH,