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Creating Change for Children with Complex Trauma Histories

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We describe the Falcon Program, the theory behind the model, and the step-by-step integrative approach to take to be successful.

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Creating Change for Children with Complex Trauma Histories: The Falcon Program Approach

9am—3pm, Thursday & Friday, May 13 & 14, 2021

One of the most polarizing topics with regards to working with children who have experienced multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences and who demonstrate challenging behaviours is the debate between those who advocate for behavioural interventions and those who advocate for relationship-focussed intervention. The divide between these camps can be vast with both finding much to criticize about the other. In fact, our work with children with trauma histories in the Falcon Program has taught us that neither approach (as they are typically defined) is sufficient to garner success with children and youth with complex needs. Positive behavioural support and trauma-informed relational approaches are, in fact, not mutually exclusive and must be integrated if children and youth with histories of adversity are to heal and develop the capacity to be successful in multiple environments. In this two-day workshop, we will share the history and evolution of the Falcon Program, the theory behind the model, and the step-by-step integrative approach to take to successfully work with children with trauma-based behaviours. The workshop will include interactive components to support participants in enhancing knowledge, skills, and attitudes for integrating positive behavioural support and trauma-informed relational approaches into their practice.

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Katherine Gulley M.Ed., CCC, RCC, is a registered clinical counsellor. She began her career working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and joined Child and Youth Mental Health in 2007 where she worked as a clinician for four years and a clinical supervisor of a team working with children and youth involved with child protection services for eight years. She currently works in private practice seeing children, youth, adults, and families with concerns ranging from anxiety and depression to complex developmental trauma.

Rebecca L. Sanford, PhD, RCSW, is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work and Human Service at Thompson Rivers University in Kam-loops, British Columbia. Rebecca has 17 years of experience as a clinical social worker, researcher, administrator, and educator, with specialization in the areas of child and youth mental health, working with children and their families in community based settings, pro-gram development and evaluation, clinical supervision and work-force development, suicide prevention and intervention, and trauma and traumatic bereavement. Rebecca’s research interests include the impact of exposure to suicide, the suicide bereavement trajec-tory, disenfranchised grief and ambiguous loss, moral injury among mental health service providers, and the development and dissemi-nation of interventions for people who are bereaved or otherwise impacted by suicide.

Kerry Woehle B.A., is currently the Manager of Program Operations at the Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops. She has a degree in Child & Youth Care from the University of Victoria and started her career as a Family Support Worker, working with parents who were struggling in their relationship with their children. Kerry has worked at the Boys & Girls Club for 10 years, and as the Manager of Programs for the last 8. Kerry uses a hybrid of behavioural intervention with an attachment focus in her work with children, youth and families. Kerry supervises a staff team of 50 as well as supporting numerous Social Work and Child & Youth Care practicum students.

2 Day Outline

The Falcon Program

  • History and rationale
  • Program model
  • Guiding principles

Theoretical Underpinnings

  • Fundamentals of development
  • Trauma and the impact of adversity on development
  • Co-morbidity in children and youth

Assessment and Treatment Planning

  • Assessment guide and the core principles
  • Trauma-informed functional assessments
  • Comprehensive and individualized guides for intervention
  • Self- assessment

Action and Implementation

  • Trauma-informed behaviour
  • Positive behavioural intervention for socio-emotional goals
  • The practice of self-reflection

Disclaimer

The educational material presented in BCASW hosted events is for general educational information purposes only and is solely the opinion of the author, presenter and instructor. No webinar is intended to provide professional or legal advice, and the material presented is not necessarily considered mainstream social work theory or practice. It is left to the discretion and judgment and is the sole responsibility of each attendee to determine what is useful for their own practice. BCASW cannot be held responsible for the material, opinions, or any inadvertent errors or omissions in the preparation or presentation of the material.

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