Most families treated in intensive, in-home programs have been impacted by complex developmental trauma. Although every family adapts in their own way, there are several predictable negative adaptive patterns which have direct implications for a present-focused family based treatment. It is important for therapists to recognize these patterns, interrupt them, and create more functional ones. Towards this end, this course describes 1) the most common impacts of complex developmental trauma on the way families organize their relationships with one another and the community, 2) how the four pillars of ESFT are designed to address these common negative impacts, and 3) strategies for structuring trauma informed conversations with families.
This is a Beginning Level course. The target audience is all behavioral health professionals working with children and adolescents.
- Identify the most common negative impacts of complex developmental trauma on the family system
- Describe strategies used in the ESFT model to address the most common negative impacts of trauma on the family
- Describe how to introduce and facilitate trauma informed conversations among family members and develop more functional relational patterns
This course uses an online distance-learning self-paced format. It includes recorded audio, recorded video-based webinars, and selected readings. There are post-tests to ensure comprehension of the material. Participants can communicate with the instructors via the online moodle interface. Real-time communication with the instructor in our online, self-paced distance learning courses is not possible. However, participants can send an email to the instructor via the online moodle interface within the course and expect to receive a response within 48 hours. All course content, including post-tests, should take approximately one and a half hours to complete.
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