Fran Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT
Missing Link in Complex Trauma in Children: Recognizing and Treating Dissociation
MORNING PROGRAM; 9 am to 12:30 pm
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
Free to NESTTD Members!
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Summary of Program: Children with complex trauma often present with a plethora of disturbing symptoms, and consequently receive multiple diagnoses, myriad and increased dosages of medications, and numerous treatment episodes, but the symptoms persist. Consequently, these children experience repetitive failed placements, including foster and adoptive, residential and hospitalizations.
Frequently, the missing link to successful treatment with children of complex trauma is their dissociative symptoms that profoundly impact their mood, behavior, identity, memory sensations and attachments. However, most clinicians don’t recognize signs of dissociation and therefore are unable to effectively intervene.
This training will provide an overview from the assessment to the treatment process of children with dissociative symptoms. Core dissociative symptoms, differential diagnoses, dissociative checklists and interviewing process for clear and accurate assessment of a dissociative disorder in children and adolescents will be highlighted.
A three-phase treatment protocol will be described beginning with creative stabilization and empowerment techniques tailored to learn about and engage the child’s internal world, to expand the child’s window of tolerance and to build self-reflection across all states of the child. Trauma processing strategies that consider the child’s dissociative system for successful processing will be discussed. While from the beginning integrative techniques will be utilized, the last phase of treatment will highlight specific interventions to complete the process of unifying the traumatized child.
Throughout this training, clinical cases, artwork, and DVDs will demonstrate the assessment and treatment process.
Fran Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT, is an internationally recognized trainer and consultant in the field of childhood trauma, abuse, and dissociation. As an invited presenter, she has conducted extensive training programs nationally and internationally ranging from a day to 5 days in Europe, Africa, Australia, South America, and North America on a variety of related topics. She is the author of Healing the fractured child: Diagnosing and treating youth with dissociation, and past president of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSTD). She is a Fellow of the ISSTD, and received ISSTD's Presidential Award and ISSTD’S Cornelia Wilbert Award, the Media Award from American Professional Society on Abuse of Children for her 3 Part DVD on Trauma and Dissociation of Children, and the William Friedrich Memorial Child Sexual Abuse Research, Assessment and/or Treatment Award from Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. She maintains a private practice in Marquette, MI.
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