229 The Dissociative Child

Joyanna SilbergJoyanna Silberg • Friday Morning
There are few clinical experiences as disconcerting and heartbreaking as sitting with a traumatized child experiencing dissociation. What do you do when a child or teenager seems frozen or dazed, hears illusory voices, and seems to have lost any connection to his or her customary identity? This comprehensive workshop will provide not just the theoretical and developmental background to understand the phenomenon of childhood dissociation, but also the specific tools and strategies needed to help these clients heal. You’ll learn the EDUCATE model, an approach that leads patients step-by-step from psychoeducation through affect regulation to trauma processing. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to approach dissociative symptomatology in young people to promote healthy development and self-awareness.

Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D., consulting psychologist at Sheppard Pratt Health System, is the author of The Child Survivor: Healing Developmental Trauma and Dissociation. She’s the past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

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