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The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC)
The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children is specialized in the treatment of chronically traumatized and dissociative children and their families.

The director of the ICTC, Arianne Struik developed an award-winning treatment method, Sleeping Dogs® to engage resistant children who are not motivated and difficult to engage in trauma treatment.
The Sleeping Dogs method is described in Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2019). The Sleeping Dogs method is based on collaboration with the child’s network, local clinician, or Child Protection Services, foster care workers and residential staff.
Arianne Struik has experience working with for and with the Department of Child Protection in various states across Australia and Oranga Tamariki in New Zealand, with children living in foster families, residential homes, group homes, NGO’s or hostels in remote areas.

The ICTC offers trauma-focused assessment and treatment for children with adverse experiences such as domestic and family violence, sexual abuse, neglect, parents with mental health issues or drug and alcohol abuse, medical trauma, and display symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, developmental trauma disorder, dissociation, (suspected) dissociative disorders, conversion, attachment issues or reactive attachment disorder, or display resistant, oppositional and suicidal behavior that is trauma based.
The Sleeping Dogs method and EMDR therapy are combined to provide a customized treatment plan.
Arianne Struik is also specialized in the assessment and treatment of young children 0-4 years old (Infant Mental Health).
The ICTC can also provide consultation on complex or stuck cases, treatment planning or on decisions around reunification and contact arrangements with biological parents.

The ICTC provides fly-in-fly-out trauma treatment for chronically traumatized children all over Australia and New Zealand and runs monthly EMDR therapy clinics for adults and children from BITS Medical Centre in Boyne Island, QLD.



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To be able to continue improving treatment methods, all clients are requested permission for the use of the treatment data for research purposes.
Experienced private practices, practitioners or organizations can become certified as a Sleeping Dogs Trauma Specialist or a Trauma-focused Sleeping Dogs Organisation (see Training)

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