Healthy relationships in the early years facilitate optimal brain integration and development and are correlated with mental health. However, when children experience abuse, neglect, or multiple caregivers, the high level of stress associated with these experiences changes the architecture of their brain and makes it difficult for them to establish relationships. In the absence of good enough relationships, children are at risk for neurological, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges that take them away from the pathway towards mental health.
Many children, when placed in a setting that provides attuned, and sensitive responsiveness, are able to learn how to engage in and benefit from the dyadic experiences provided by a foster or adoptive parent or a different family member. Other children who have been much more traumatized and compromised in those aspects of their development have much greater difficulty responding to their new caregiver.
This workshop introduces basic theory and understanding of brain development and the principles of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). The principles of DDP will guide case examples for the purposes of learning how an adult can support a child who cannot trust relationships.
- Understand how toxic levels of stress impacts on brain development.
- Understand insecure and disorganized attachment patterns and the relevance for ongoing development
- Understand the vulnerability behind challenging behaviour and how that behaviour might be adaptive.
- How to use Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (P.A.C.E.) to help a child regulate their emotions, make sense of their world in less shame-based ways and to learn how to trust relationships.
This one-day workshop is relevant for those parenting and caring for children with attachment and trauma histories. It is also relevant for counselors, therapists, teachers, educational assistants, youth care staff, social service and mental health care providers working with children and their families.
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