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The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children

The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC), located in Perth, Australia, provides training, supervision, consultation, and research on the treatment of chronically traumatized children and their families. The ICTC provides fly-in-fly-out trauma treatment for chronically traumatized children in Australia and New Zealand.
The director of the ICTC, Arianne Struik, developed the Sleeping Dogs® method, an award-winning treatment to engage resistant children who are not motivated and difficult to engage. The Sleeping Dogs method is described in Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2019).

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Recorded Webinar (October 2020)
Treating preverbal trauma in infants, children and adults with EMDR
By Arianne Struik

Who should attend?
This webinar is intended for clinicians who are trained in EMDR, experiences in the use of the EMDR basis protocol and have knowledge of the Storytelling EMDR protocol.

Workshop Description
To process traumatic memories with the EMDR basic protocol clients need to be able to tell you about their experiences. However, clients can also experience traumatizing situations at a very young age, such as abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, neglect but also painful medical procedures, hospitalization, accidents. Those traumatizing experiences are then stored in a different way and can be expressed in physical and sensory sensations, feelings, sounds, smells or images. When these experiences cannot be consciously recalled and verbalized, this is called preverbal trauma. Also, clients with an intellectual disability, who function at a lower developmental level, can store trauma preverbally.

Clients who experienced preverbal trauma can display symptoms, such as anger, oppositional behavior, depression, emptiness, anxiety and hypervigilance, pain, sexualized behavior, and dissociation. Young children and infants can have problems with sleeping or eating or their attachment can be disturbed.

These symptoms can be related to those preverbal experiences and when that is suspected, those experiences need to be processed in order to overcome those symptoms. In 1999 Joan Lovett developed the Storytelling protocol to access and process these preverbal memories with EMDR. Over the years Storytelling has been widely used and further developed.

This workshop will address the use of EMDR with preverbal trauma in infants and young children, in older children and in adults. Arianne Struik will discuss topics such as:

  • What is known about preverbal trauma and about the use of EMDR?
  • What is the impact of preverbal trauma?
  • How to decide whether to use EMDR for preverbal traumatic memories and deal with dilemma’s?
  • What are prerequisites for this treatment?
  • How to structure the sessions, who is present?
  • How can EMDR be used with very young children and infants with preverbal trauma and how can parents become co-therapists
  • Can this be done online?
  • How to choose a target and process chronic preverbal trauma
  • How to develop the narrative and what if it is unclear what the client has experienced?
  • Which form of bilateral stimulation can be used?
  • How to assess if the preverbal trauma is activated, what to expect?
  • What to do when clients have strong (physical) abreactions or dissociate?
  • How often is the same narrative used?
  • How can understanding the steps from the basic EMDR protocol be helpful in processing preverbal trauma in clients?

This webinar is an interactive presentation and participants are encouraged to ask questions and share topics for discussion.

Duration: 5,5 hours

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will have an understanding of the state of the art on preverbal trauma
  • Participants will be able to identify potential preverbal trauma in clients
  • Participants will be able to process preverbal trauma with EMDR
  • Participants will learn to handle situations where clients have strong (physical) abreactions or dissociate?

Practical things
Costs (AUD): 100 AUD ex GST
Registration: Registration form will follow
Upon registration you will receive an email with the invoice. This may take a few days. After receiving the payment you will receive a link to the recorded webinar and handouts. This link is valid for 2 months.
Costs (NZD): 110 NZD
Registration: Registration form will folow
Upon registration you will receive an email with the invoice. This may take a few days. After receiving the payment you will receive a link to the recorded webinar and handouts. This link is valid for 2 months.
Costs (Euros): 60 Euro
Registration: Registration form will follow
Upon registration you will receive an email with the invoice. This may take a few days. After receiving the payment, which currently takes up to a week due to Brexit, you will receive a link to the recorded webinar and handouts. This link is valid for 2 months.
Information/inquiries:


Arianne Struik is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and EMDR practitioner and consultant, originally from the Netherlands. She worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for twenty-two years as a clinical psychologist and program director. She moved to Australia and became 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 second edition of the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2019) and teaches internationally on the treatment of trauma and dissociation in children. She is member of the European ISSTD Child and Adolescent Committee and the Australian Psychological Society EMDR Interest Group.

Recorded webinar
Troubleshooting when using EMDR online
From 21 April 2020

Over the last weeks everyone has been trying to deliver EMDR therapy from home and online. Many webinars have covered the basics of how to do that, but the reality can be more challenging. This webinar addresses more advanced questions such as: What if a client does not want to continue with EMDR online, how can I convince them? What to do when a client has an abreaction? How to manage risk of dissociation during EMDR? How can we do EMDR online with children? Can we do EMDR with preverbal trauma and very young children and infants online? The presentation is illustrated with video’s demonstrating EMDR online.

Arianne Struik is a clinical psychologist and accredited as an EMDR consultant with EMDR-Europe, EMDR-NZ and EMDRAA and Convener of the Australian Psychological Society EMDR Interest Group. She worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for twenty-two years as a clinical psychologist and program director. She moved to Australia and became director of The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC) from which she provides trauma treatment with EMDR for chronically traumatized children and adults online and in a fly-in-fly-out model, as well as workshops, training, supervision and research.

Practical things
Costs:
27,50 euro
Duration: 2 hours
Registration: Registration form
Upon registration you will receive an email with the invoice. This may take a few days. After payment you will receive a link to the recorded webinar and handouts. This link is valid for 1 month
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Recorded Webinar

Treating Chronically Traumatized Children.
The Sleeping Dogs method
By Arianne Struik


Who should attend?

This workshop is intended for mental health professionals who work with children and their family (private practitioners or clinicians working in organizations, child protection workers, residential staff or foster care workers). This workshop can assist organizations such as residential facilities, Foster Care, Child Protection or Mental Health Services with implementing trauma-informed and trauma-focused treatment. Although the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy will be discussed, training in EMDR is not required. Other forms of therapy to use with this method will also be discussed (play therapy, CBT, art therapy,....).

Workshop Description
Many chronically traumatized children do not receive adequate treatment. They can refuse to participate in therapy or become very aggressive or dissociate when the trauma is mentioned. Clinicians do not know where to start because the child is so severe and chronically traumatized. It is often then advised to focus on symptom management and behaviour and not ‘wake up sleeping dogs’ but to wait until the child starts talking about his traumatic memories. However, children rarely do and the child’s ‘sleeping dogs’ (traumatic memories) damage the child’s development in all areas. But how to help these children?

The Sleeping Dogs method is for children ages zero to 18 who were severely and chronically traumatized in early childhood, for whom ‘standard’ trauma treatment is not possible and every other therapy fails or the child refuses to participate or is not motivated. The word resistant or not motivated implies wrongly that there is fault in the child. The barriers to engage in therapy are created by the child’s current social environment and by what has happened to him in the past. Unsafety, instability in daily life, unsafe attachment relationships, lack of emotion regulation skills and negative core beliefs can form barriers for children to process trauma. The goal of this method is to help children who were chronically traumatized in early childhood overcome their barriers, so they can participate in trauma processing and integrate their trauma. This will relieve their symptoms instead of only managing them.

The Sleeping Dogs method is used to plan trauma-focused treatment for the child, support the parents and caregivers as well as to guide decision-making by child protection services around disclosures, safety, contact arrangements with biological parents, contact between foster parents and biological parents, and reunification. Child protection or youth care workers can assess the child’s development, health and wellbeing and plan interventions for improvement with the Sleeping Dogs method.

In this practical workshop the Sleeping Dogs method is explained and illustrated with case examples and video material. The theory will be explained in straightforward language; the same language that participants can use with their own clients. Participants will practice the use of the method with case examples and their own cases. Several interventions are explained in more detail so participants have a thorough understanding of the method and are confident to start using it with their own clients.

Learning Objectives
Participants will learn about the Sleeping Dogs Method and will be able to apply it to their clinical cases.
Participants will be able to identify when the use of the Sleeping Dogs Method is appropriate.
Participants will be able to identify all potential barriers for chronically traumatized children to commence with therapy.
Participants will be able to make a structured assessment of the potential barriers for their cases with the Sleeping Dogs method.
Participants will learn to analyze cases by using the Barriers Form to discover possible reasons why the child is resistant.
Participants will be able to identify the necessary elements of the treatment plan to overcome the barriers for their cases.
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.

Practical things

Costs: Including the e-book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2019) 149,99 Euro
Registration: Registration form
Upon registration you will receive an email with the invoice. This may take a few days. After receiving the payment, which currently takes up to a week due to Brexit, you will receive a link to the recorded webinar and handouts. This link is valid for 1 month.

Duration:
10 hours

Information/inquiries:

Arianne Struik is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and EMDR practitioner and consultant, originally from the Netherlands. She worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for twenty-two years as a clinical psychologist and program director. She moved to Australia and became 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 from the Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children. She developed the award-winning Sleeping Dogs method, described in the second edition of the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2019) and teaches internationally on the treatment of trauma and dissociation in children. She is member of the European ISSTD Child and Adolescent Committee and convener of the Australian Psychological Society EMDR Interest Group

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