Treating Children With PTSD

Anyone at any age can be traumatized by a threatening event, but those at greatest risk are children who have not yet developed the internal resources to understand and cope with a traumatic event.

Trauma is not the event itself, but it is how one's nervous system responds to an event. What may be traumatic for one child may not be traumatic for another.

Trauma in children is most often associated with childhood abuse and neglect, witnessing domestic violence or any kind of violence, car accidents, sudden loss of a caregiver, etc. However, events that seem relatively benign to adults, such as a fall from a swing, a tumble from a bicycle, or a routine medical procedure can also affect a child deeply and result in debilitating trauma.

Unresolved trauma in children can manifest into very challenging behaviors, including uncontrollable aggression, hyperactivity and impulsivity, inability to concentrate in school, excessive belligerence, or fearful shyness, amongst others. Because trauma is a result of how one's body and nervous system respond to an event, attempts at treating the symptoms through behavioral charts or traditional forms of discipline often fail, leaving parents and teachers at a loss for how to help children with difficult behaviors.

Through a 2-hour presentation, which will include experiential learning, participants will learn:

  • The definition of trauma from a psycho-biological perspective
  • The intricate relationship between trauma and the nervous system
  • Why children exposed to chronic, early-life trauma, or those who have not fully recovered from a traumatic event, may experience more behavioral and/or developmental challenges.
  • Activities and interventions that counteract trauma's effects on a child's body, mind and spirit and help the child "renegotiate the traumatic event."

Call 510-594-4332 to schedule this training for your organization today.