Intervention Strategies for Parents to Manage Dissociative Children

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Calming the Stress-Response System and Managing Triggers (For parents, adoptive & foster parents, residential staff, teachers, etc.)

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Managing and parenting children with complex trauma and dissociation requires specialized child management as typical behavior modification does not work. These chaotic behaviors and intense emotions are often driven by the child’s dissociative states for which the child may not have awareness and/or control over them. These self-states can still be living in the traumatic moment that created them and may not be aware of the current environment. They often contain a myriad of emotions, i.e., fear, helplessness, rage, depressions, and react in a sudden and bizarre manner that makes no sense. However, understanding the child’s internal world will help to make sense of the child’s reactivity to the external world, and pave the way toward effective parenting.

This training will focus on specially designed parenting interventions to calm down the erratic behavior and emotions that are driven by the child’s self-states. Carefully designed techniques are based on neurobiology of trauma and how the brain is impacted by trauma. These techniques are aimed to calm the highly aroused, confused, disruptive and aggressive child, connect with the child’s dissociative states, build attachment with them, and engage the whole child in cooperative behavior. Many clinical examples and artwork will illustrate the process of effective parenting that will demonstrate attunement to the child, reassure the child of safety, gain trust, increase attachment across all states of the child, teach the child reflective abilities, and help the child gain control over behaviors and emotions.

Objectives:

· Parents will learn strategies to connect to the child’s self-states

· Parents will learn strategies to help build attachment with child’s self-states

· Parents will learn strategies to help calm down the child’s reactivity

· Parents will learn strategies to negotiate with self-states to gain control over behavior and emotions

Agenda:

· 30 min. on neurobiology of trauma and how to approach their dissociative child

· 1 hr. 30 min. on carefully designed techniques to calm the child, build attachment with child’s self-states, help the child learn self-reflective techniques, etc.

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