Trauma and the Developing Adolescent Brain
Total CE Credit Hours: 1.5
Course Info URL: http://www.ce-credit.com/courses/102272
About the Course:
Childhood trauma has the potential to overwhelm the coping ability of children and can create developmental changes in brain structure and function. These changes to the developing mind allow for short term survival and sacrifice long term effective functioning. Adolescence is a time when these changes have the potential for both becoming more deeply embedded or largely rectified as the person moves toward adulthood. This workshop will detail some aspects of how the brain copes with overwhelming trauma and impairment or disorganized attachment and how, when identified and treated effectively, the changes in the brain can facilitate healing. Specific case examples will be provided from various causes of C-PTSD and dissociative responses and some basic methods of addressing these changes in order to facilitate more effective functioning will be provided.
Identify 3 specific causes of childhood/adolescent traumatic stressors that may lead to dissociative reactions/coping mechanisms
Identify 2 changes in brain structure and function during adolescence that can help to overcome traumatic stress and dissociative reactions
Name 3 environmental and 2 developmental problems that can complicate adolescent treatment of traumatic stress and dissociative reactions
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