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Dr. Marylène Cloitre: Treating Childhood Abuse trauma training

Summary: 6 hour continuing education workshop

Treating Childhood Abuse: Psychotherapy for the Interrupted Life

From Nancy J. Smyth, PhD, LCSW, Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work- “Cloitre’s work is one of the most important treatments to come along for complex trauma survivors.”

Instructor: Marylène Cloitre, PhD, founding director of the Institute for Trauma and Resilience at the NYU Child Study Center; Cathy and Stephen Graham Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine; her clinical work and research focus is on the assessment and treatment of the effects of childhood maltreatment on emotional and social functioning across the life span; lead author of Cloitre, M., Cohen, L.R., Koenan, K.C. (2006) Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse: Psychotherapy for the Interrupted Life- endorsed by Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, “…Filled with handouts and practical step-by-step information, this book will serve as an invaluable guide to help clinicians organize and implement outstanding evidence-based treatment for this population.”

Overview: Adult treatments for childhood trauma rarely take into account the disturbing impact of abuse (physical, sexual, psychological) on the development of emotional and social competencies so critical for effective living in later years. This presentation will describe a flexibly-applied, evidence-based treatment which systematically addresses the compromised capacities in emotional awareness, emotion regulation, and healthy attachment in adult survivors as well the more evident symptomatology which burden the survivor such as PTSD, dissociation, depression and anger. The program is organized into two phases. The first, Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) focuses on the regeneration of emotional and social resources to enhance day-to-day life. The second, Narrative Story Telling (NST) focuses on the resolution of a fragmented understanding of self-and-other through the creation of a coherent and meaning based life narrative tracked across three affectively-based themes: fear/terror, shame and loss. Adaptations of the program that address the needs of the PTSD parent and which incorporates parenting skills will be presented. The role of the therapeutic alliance in contributing to positive process and outcome will be discussed.

Participants will learn: the theoretical basis of the treatment in attachment theory; to name at least one emotion regulation strategy and one important kind of role play related to improving client interpersonal functioning; three affective themes that often emerge in trauma treatment.

Location: UB Center for Tomorrow, Amherst, NY

Cost: $99 includes lunch. Register online with a credit card or print a registration form from the website

Presented By: Office of Continuing Education


Date(s) and Time(s)
4/3/2009  :  8:45:00 AM 4:30:00 PM

Contact Person: Trisha Mahar
Contact Phone: 716-829-3939 x154
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