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The Biology and Psychology of Complex Child Abuse Trauma: Implications for Treatment (Seminar C)
Psychosocial research has linked histories of child abuse, neglect, and family violence with an array of psychiatric symptoms and disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, aggression, eating disorders, somatic symptoms, substance abuse, dissociation, self-destructiveness, relationship problems, and low self-esteem. Current research is changing the way scientists and mental health professionals think about problems related to complex trauma, which has broad implications for the welfare of all children and offers new hope for some of our most troubled and difficult children. Applying research to practice, this seminar will review current research on the effects of child abuse and neglect on brain development, examine and discuss the range of psychological and developmental disturbances that can arise from childhood maltreatment, and evaluate the implications for treatment. The emphasis will be on translating recent psychobiological research into practical approaches that target behavior problems frequently associated with childhood maltreatment. The format will include case studies, videotapes, structured exercises, and role-playing to stimulate active discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring their own case examples and share their own strategies in working with children.
Phyllis Stien, M.S.N.
Head Start/Early Childhood
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