Trauma and attachment problems underlie difficulties with emotional and behavioral regulation and interpersonal relationships, including personality disorders, criminal behavior, mental illness, and substance abuse. Persons negatively affected by trauma and attachment issues often have many complex problems and few resiliency factors. Interventions must include solving problems, building coping skills, soothing the brain, processing trauma, and building relationship skills. Those working with this population need the most up to date information on supporting healing. This workshop summarizes the latest evidence based practice for helping and supporting those with trauma and attachment issues.
The body of research on effective interventions for trauma and attachment is growing rapidly. The treatment of trauma and attachment issues is complex. We have come to understand that trauma has severely negative effects on the mind, body, and spirit. To help people heal from trauma, we must heal the brain, mind, body, emotions, spirit, and cognitive functions. This presentation reviews the effects of severe trauma and attachment problems on a person’s functioning and wellbeing at various developmental stages. Interventions will be described using the ARC model of trauma recovery, mindfulness, storytelling, developmental skill building, family therapy, and biofeedback.