The purpose of the program is to promote an understanding of the impact of complex trauma on child development. This is critical for people who work with children, because many of the problems children exposed to complex trauma have are misunderstood and therefore inappropriately treated.
The program will move from a discussion of the problems with the classic definition of PTSD as applied to children experiencing complex trauma to a discussion of how chronic traumatic experiences in the child’s early years can have a lifelong impact on the developmental trajectory. The program will also provide an outline of key treatment approaches. In the course of the program, several brief videotapes will be presented to illustrate significant issues. The program will consist of a lecture, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation, as well as large group discussions and a case presentation with small group discussions. Participants are expected to develop an understanding of the nature of the problems these children present, how these problems are related to a history of complex trauma, and how such an understanding informs intervention.