608 – Treating the Traumatized Adolescent

How to Work with Rage, Terror, Shame, and Despair

Trauma often results in the loss of secure attachment, especially for children and adolescents who’ve lost hope that others can be supportive, protective, and caring. As a result, traumatized youth often find it difficult to trust that a therapist has their best interests at heart, which can increase the likelihood of volatile treatment sessions. In this workshop, you’ll explore how to create the sense of secure attachment needed for effective treatment. Discover how to:

  • Create a safe therapeutic climate by establishing clear ground rules for treatment and how to best communicate those rules to clients
  • Follow the sequential steps in the mentalization process and separate the effects of our own unresolved traumas from the emotional storm states of our clients
  • Identify the transferential triggers of the client’s past traumatic relationships and how to repair the ruptures when they’re enacted in therapy

Amelio D’Onofrio, PhD, is clinical professor and director of the Psychological Services Institute at Fordham University. He is also founder of The Florence Seminars in Mental Health in Florence, Italy. He is the author of Adolescent Self-injury: A Comprehensive Guide for Counselors and Health Care Professionals.

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