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Complex & Developmental Trauma workshop: Effective Strategies for Front-Line Workers

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Complex & Developmental Trauma workshop: Effective Strategies for Front-Line Workers

Workshop Description

Anxious and disorganized early attachment patterns intertwined with early childhood trauma (emotional deprivation, physical /sexual abuse) and the strain of adversity or ongoing victimization may lead some clients to experience chronic and complex intrapsychic and interpersonal reactions. For some individuals, their adult lives are filled with a pool of unmet needs, a legacy of interpersonal turmoil, a range of disruptive trauma reactions and a deficit of skill, motivation and support to move beyond their past. These individuals may become chronically depressed, have addictions and are vulnerable to ongoing victimization. They may also be more likely to become “stuck” in counselling and to be prone to therapeutic impasses.

In this workshop, a conceptual framework for understanding and guiding your work with complex individuals will be discussed. You will learn how to assess and respond ethically and appropriately to clients with complex trauma, given the parameters of your workplace.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the core characterological features of Complex Trauma and the key developmental pathways that are arrested by trauma
  • Distinguish between PTSD, Complex Trauma, Developmental Trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Understand the fundamental role of insecure attachment patterns in the development of Complex and Developmental Trauma
  • Identify key questions to assess and guide interventions for clients with complex trauma
  • Discuss key treatment directions, strategies and models for working with complex trauma
  • Identify practical strategies to assist clients to develop adaptive coping and overcome the debilitating effects of PTSD symptoms and rigid maladaptive patterns and the core beliefs that drive these patterns
  • Apply 4 key strategies for enhancing and maintaining our capacity to be a conscious and resilient professional while working with human suffering on a regular basis

*Please be advised: this program offers explicit video images of trauma reactions (popular film and clinical tapes) and frank discussions of trauma related images .

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for experienced front-line workers (social workers, nurses, clergy, addiction counselors, residential workers etc) who are not trauma counsellors but who provide support and/or counselling contact with vulnerable populations in community-based settings.

About the Presenter

Natalie Zlodre M.S.W., R.S.W. is the Director of Community Resources and Initiatives, a trauma-informed consulting firm based in Toronto.  Previously, she was Head of the Trauma and Resiliency Centre and Associate Director of Training at the Gail Appel Institute, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre.  Her professional focus is in the areas of: acute trauma, developmental/complex trauma and the impact of trauma on professionals and on mental health services. Natalie provides clinical consultation and supervision to mental health professionals and organizations.  Her theoretical framework is trauma-informed and strength-based.

Natalie is an experienced training facilitator and has provided hundreds of presentations nationally and internationally.  She is known for her direct and lively style and her ability to translate complex theories about traumatic responses into relevant practices for post-traumatic growth in vulnerable populations.

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