Developmental trauma results when very young children grow up in a relational context of physical or sexual abuse, volatility from parental substance abuse or mental illness, profound neglect and/or domestic violence. These experiences beget a range of infant-caregiver interactions that are intrusive, threatening, aggressive, rejecting, or exploitive and which communicate that the environment is indifferent, unsafe and/or, precarious. Very young children do not have the capacity to cope with the extreme levels of stress that they experience and their fear/anxiety about their physical and psychological safety is experienced as a threat to their survival. They develop and internal working model that represents the world as inevitably bringing hurt and pain and themselves as damaged and terrible.
Several areas of development are impacted when young children witness or experience chronic trauma, violence, abuse and/or neglect within the caregiving relationship, these are; affective and physiological dysregulation; attentional and behavioral dysregulation; self and relational dysregulation; chronically altered perception and expectations; posttraumatic symptoms; and functional impairment in the following arenas: academic, family, peers, legal and health. Sadly, many of the parents with whom we work have their own history of developmental trauma, and this impacts their ability to parent, to engage productively with services, to connect with and use social supports and to navigate systems successfully.
The training will begin with an overview of early brain development. First the instructor will examine normative development, then she will explore the impact of abuse/neglect and other traumas on neurodevelopment, the development of attachment and the capacity to selfregulate. The training will then explore longer-term impacts of developmental trauma on the capacity to form and maintain healthy relationships, risk taking, parenting, coping with stressors and substance use. The ACEs study will be cited to highlight these impacts. We will then explore how a parent’s developmental trauma impacts his/her ability to engage with helpers, who work in and outside of the Child Welfare System. The instructor will discuss ways to support efforts to heal this longstanding trauma as well as how to support reunification where indicated.
Michele Many, LCSW, M.S.W., BACS, is a licensed clinical social worker and is the Chief of the Section of Social Work for the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry. Ms. Many is an expert clinician and trainer for many approaches to addressing trauma with children and families. She is an authorized trainer in Psychological First Aid utilizing PFA in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She is a master clinician and nationally recognized trainer for Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for working with 0-5 year- olds and who have experienced a range of child maltreatment particularly those in foster care. She is a primary clinician in several multidisciplinary teams including the Orleans Parish Infant Team, the Orleans Parish Court Team, and the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project. Ms. Many’s areas of expertise include child abuse, psychological first aid, professional self-care and grief and loss.
Program begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.
New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.
If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.
This program has been approved for a total of 6 continuing education credits
Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.