Many children and adolescents are referred for therapy because they have
experienced a traumatic event or a series of events. This workshop will define
the various types of trauma including complex trauma and other disorders that
may be trauma-based. It will provide an overview of trauma symptoms across the
lifespan emphasizing the types of post-traumatic play seen in the playroom. a
framework for assessing the symptoms of trauma as experienced by young, school
aged including and adolescent clients and their families using a variety of
play based, standardized and non-standardized measures will be explored.
The instructor will identify a theoretical perspective that determines the
current stage of treatment so that the therapist can make informed decisions
about what to address with a traumatized child and his/her family, when it
should be addressed, and why.
This course incorporates a culturally sensitive perspective given the
culturally diverse populations seen in clinical practice with an emphasis on
working with Canada’s Indigenous children, youth and families.