#20200602 – WEBINAR: Caregiving Through a Trauma Lens: Core Skills for Parents and Providers
(June 2020) Caring for children and adolescents offers many rewards, but also moments of challenge, even in the best of circumstances. There are particular complexities inherent in caring for young people who have experienced trauma; this is especially true during times of increased stress for child and /or for caregiver. In this 90-minute webinar, we will discuss key skills for caregivers – whether parents, resource caregivers, or direct care providers – drawn from the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework. We will briefly look at how trauma and stress impact youth behavior; explore strategies for identifying and addressing the caregiver’s own anxiety, emotional vulnerabilities, and strengths; describe the key role “detective skills” play in better understanding youth behaviors; and briefly explore key strategies for supporting youth.
Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist whose career has focused on the understanding and treatment of complex childhood trauma and its sequelae. With an emphasis on the importance of understanding the child-, the family-, and the provider-in-context, her study has focused on identification and translation of key principles of intervention across treatment settings, building from the foundational theories of childhood development, attachment, and traumatic stress. With Kristine Kinniburgh, Dr. Blaustein is co-developer of the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework (Kinniburgh & Blaustein, 2005), and co-author of the text, Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Fostering Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010, 2018 (2nd Ed.)). She has provided extensive training and consultation to providers within the US and abroad. Dr. Blaustein is currently the Director of the Center for Trauma Training in Needham, MA, and is actively involved in local, regional, and national collaborative groups dedicated to the empathic, respectful, and effective provision of services to this population.