Treating Chronically Traumatized Children with the Sleeping Dogs method
The Sleeping Dogs method is a trauma treatment for children who were severely and chronically traumatized in early childhood. Children who experience developmental trauma, abuse and neglect can display a wide range of trauma related symptoms and problems. They can have nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance, but also be anxious, depressed, aggressive, have problems in school, with relationships, attachment. They can self-harm or even become suicidal. Some children just never talk about it and the trauma seems to be forgotten, or they become very aggressive, avoidant or dissociate when the trauma is mentioned. These children, who are called ‘resistant’ or ‘not motivated’ usually have good reasons not to engage, such as unsafety, instability in daily life, unsafe attachment relationships, lack of emotion regulation skills and negative core beliefs.
Some say it is better to ‘let sleeping dogs lie’ and not bring up the trauma and wait. However, research shows that unprocessed trauma has a devastating impact on all developmental areas and it is important to wake up those sleeping dogs (trauma memories). EMDR and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are evidence-based treatments for trauma, but when children have developmental trauma, it can be difficult to know where to start as there are so many problems and their families can be chaotic.
With the Sleeping Dogs Tool you can analyse cases and assess which potential barriers the child might have and what you can do to stabilise, motivate, prepare the child to engage in traumaprocessing. The Sleeping Dogs method describes interventions to support the child and prevent it from dropping out and afterwards address the consequences of developmental trauma.
In this practical two-day-workshop the Sleeping Dogs method is explained and illustrated with case examples and video material. The theory will be explained in straightforward language and participants practise the use of the method with their own cases. The structure of the Sleeping Dogs method can also guide decision-making by child protection services around disclosures, safety, contact arrangements with biological parents, contact between foster parents and biological parents, and reunification.
Who is this workshop for?
Professionals, psychologists, family therapists, social workers, residential staff, foster care workers and caseworkers in child protection, who work with chronically traumatized children and their families.
Participants can use the Sleeping Dogs Method with their cases. Participants will be able to identify when the use of the Sleeping Dogs Method is appropriate.
Participants will be able to make a structured assessment of the potential barriers for their cases with the Sleeping Dogs tool and make a treatmentplan.
Participants will learn interventions that can help children overcome barriers.
Participants will learn how to stabilize children and adolescents as quickly as possible so they can start processing those traumatic memories.
Participants will learn how to involve family members, even when they have abused or neglected the child and may have little or no contact with them, and when reunification is no option.
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About the trainer
Arianne Struik is a Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist and EMDR Consultant, originally from the Netherlands and director of the Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC) from which she provides specialized trauma treatment in remote areas, as well as workshops, training, supervision and research. She developed the award-winning Sleeping Dogs method, described in the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children and teaches internationally on the treatment of trauma and dissociation in children. She is member of the ESTD Child and Adolescent Committee and the Australian Psychological Society EMDR Interest Group national committee.
350 AUD ex GST including the ebook Treating Chronically Traumatized Children. The Sleeping Dogs method (Struik, 2019)