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Evidence-Based Interventions for Traumatized Children & Adolescents

Presented by Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW 
Event Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Jack Hirose & Associates Workshop 

1 day workshop in Saskatoon - or make it 2 days. Attend the Working with Hard-to-Engage Children & Adolescents: I Don't Want to Talk About It workshop the day before and save!

9:00am – 4:00pm 

TCU Place, Saskatoon's Arts & Convention Centre 
35 22nd Street East 
Saskatoon, SK 

This workshop will cover the following three components:
1. Theoretical Overview: 1. A brief theoretical overview will be presented to provide a context for the assessment and treatment interventions. This will include a review of recent empirical findings on the impact of trauma on children, and a review of the benefits of integrating playful techniques into trauma treatment.
2. Assessment: 2. The instructor's innovative trauma assessment model will be presented. Workshop attendees will receive a packet of trauma assessment activities so they can utilize it immediately in their clinical practice. Participants will learn how to use the assessment as a basis for formulating realistic, measurable treatment goals.
3. Treatment: 3. A variety of creative techniques will be presented to address the core components of trauma-treatment: Psychoeducation (e.g., educating children and parents about trauma and its treatment); parenting skills (use of effective parenting interventions such as praise, positive attention, and contingency reinforcement procedures); relaxation skills (focused breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and other relaxation activities to reverse the physiologic manifestations of traumatic stress); affective modulation skills (feeling identification; recognizing and self-regulating negative affective states); cognitive coping (recognizing relations among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; replacing unhelpful thoughts with more adaptive thoughts); trauma narrative (creating a narrative of the child's traumatic experiences, correcting cognitive distortions about these experiences, and placing these experiences in the context of the child's whole life); in vivo mastery of trauma reminders (graduated exposure to feared stimuli); conjoint child-parent sessions (joint sessions in which the child shares the trauma narrative with parents and other family issues are addressed); and enhancing future safety and development (addressing safety concerns related to prevention of future trauma, return to normal developmental trajectory).
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