Trauma Experience Integration (TEI) with Complex Child and Adolescent Clients, Margaret E. Blaustein, PhD

  • 03 Dec 2011
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • National Heritage Museum Lexington, MA


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Members may attend this meeting for FREE and pre-purchase 3.0 Continuing Education unit for $25.
  • Non-members who are full-time agency employed, a student, or a retiree, may attend at a reduced rate of $30.
  • Non Member Registration Fee.


The New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation presents

Trauma Experience Integration (TEI) with Complex Child and Adolescent Clients
Applications of TEI with preverbal and complex
developmental trauma

The role and process of integrating and addressing traumatic experiences has been a challenging one to define for youth with more complex / chronic trauma histories.  While there is no question that treatment for these complex youth must be grounded in an understanding of the impact of their traumatic experiences, the appropriate mechanism for processing those experiences in the context of chronic developmental impacts is an open question.  In this clinically focused session, the co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework will define and describe a perspective on and steps toward trauma experience integration (TEI) with complex clients, integrating key concepts of the ARC model.  Two primary types of TEI will be delineated through description and concrete case application: (1) Integration of fragmented self-states (as applied to work with an adolescent with a history of complex developmental trauma); and (2) Development of coherent narrative (as applied to work with a 6 year-old boy with experience of preverbal acute trauma in context of a complex family system). This session is conceptualized as both didactic, reviewing key concepts, as well as active workshop, experientially building concrete clinical skill.  Participants will be provided with a framework for conceptualizing this work with their own clients, and the session will include opportunity for active application of this framework to a case example.

Participants will:

1)  Be able to identify two primary types of trauma experience integration relevant to work with trauma-impacted youth.

2) Be able to describe a framework for treatment planning around trauma experience integration with complexly traumatized clients.

3) Gain experience in actively applying a frame for complex TEI to a case example.

A Discussion and Brown Bag Lunch will follow this event from 12:30 - 2 p.m.

About Dr. Blaustein:
Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D.
, is a practicing clinical psychologist whose career has focused on the understanding and treatment of complex childhood trauma and its sequelae.  With an emphasis on the importance of understanding the child-, the family-, and the provider-in-context, her study has focused on identification and translation of key principles of intervention across treatment settings, building from the foundational theories of childhood development, attachment, and traumatic stress.  Dr. Blaustein is co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework (Kinniburgh & Blaustein, 2005), and co-author of the text, Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Fostering Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010).  She has provided extensive training and consultation to providers within the US and abroad.  Dr. Blaustein is currently the Director of Training and Education at The Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA, and is actively involved in local, regional, and national collaborative groups dedicated to the empathic, respectful, and effective provision of services to this population.

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