Speaker: Chelsea Haverly / Location: Room 307
This presentation will focus on the importance of incorporating knowledge of the brain and how complex trauma exposures, such as child sex trafficking, can complicate the brain’s ability to successfully engage in traditional therapy models. Many therapeutic approaches assume that thinking and cognitive functioning are “online”, thus allowing therapeutic work to proceed. The identification and understanding of trauma bonding and polyvictimization will be highlighted during this presentation through a combination of videos, case examples, group discussion, and lecture. This will promote a greater understanding of trauma-specific interventions that are better suited for victims of child sex trafficking.
- Understand the impact of brain development and an overactive stress response on treatment planning
- Identify indicators for traumatic bonding and how to address this
- Understand how abuse and polyvictimization impacts treatment planning and engagement in therapy
- Identify trauma-informed interventions to address safety, build rapport, and maintain an alliance