This training will include discussion of new research findings in child development, inter-personal neurobiology, and attachment. The trainer and participants will explore specific approaches, techniques, and strategies for understanding memory of early events that are stored non-verbally, and treatment of the effects of early childhood trauma.
- Identify the specific impacts of early trauma and disrupted attachment on children’s development.
- Recognize the impact of preverbal trauma on children’s physical, emotional, behavioural, and cognitive development, and functioning.
- Implement strategies to support children, youth, and their families in understanding and managing the impact of early trauma.
- Examine specific tools, treatment modalities and therapeutic experiences to engage and provide effective treatment designed to help children and adolescents integrate their early experiences.
Who Should Attend
This course is recommended for clinicians and practitioners who work with children and adolescents who have experienced early trauma or attachment disruptions. This includes those working with adoptive children, children in care, and children who have experienced early medical interventions or traumatic births. Those working with children and adolescents with unexplained dysregulation, oppositional behaviours, and difficulties with trust and attachment will also benefit from participating in this training.
Course Dates & Format
There are no scheduled dates for this course at this time, however in-service is available.
This is a 6-hour training. This course consists of two 3-hour interactive virtual sessions using Zoom.
Instructor: Niki Gomez-Perales, MSW, RSW
Niki Gomez-Perales is a recognized expert in the areas of children’s mental health, complex trauma, attachment and dissociation. Niki completed her B.S.W. from McMaster University in 1986 and her M.S.W. from the University of Toronto in 1991. She has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of child welfare and children’s mental health. For the past 25 years Niki has worked as a therapist at a Children’s Mental Health clinic in Hamilton Ontario.
Niki has lectured on Complex Trauma and Attachment with the ISST-D, the ESTD, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children, Safeguards Training for Children and Adult Services and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has special interests in the areas of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Experiencing, Early and Pre-verbal Trauma and Attachment.
Niki has advanced training in EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. She is an active member and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and a winner of the ISSTD 2016 written media award for her book, “Attachment-Focused Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents: Phase-Oriented Strategies for Addressing Complex Trauma Disorders,” (2015. Routledge).
Group Registration: Save 20% off individual fees with a group registration of 4 or more participants. Download the group registration form HERE.
Continuing Education Information
Licensing boards and professional organizations will grant Continuing Education credits for attendance at their discretion when participants submit the course outline and certificate.
This is available as an in-person or virtual in-service training and customized to suit your needs.