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Therapeutic approaches to supporting children

It was a really interesting day learning about therapeutic approaches to supporting children with some highly acclaimed speakers. Kim Golding was discussing Dyadic Developmental Psychology (DDP); Peter Jacob was discussing Non-Violent Resistance (NVR); Imelda Bennett was discussing Adverse Childhood Trauma (ACE).

Kim Golding is releasing a new book with D. Hughes and J. Hudson called ‘Healing Relational Trauma with Attachment-Focused Interventions.’ Kim provided an overview of DDP, the impact of developmental trauma, DDP being a relational model of therapy – and that relationships are the source of fear for these young people, using PACE to remain connected with the child, consequences being collaborative, adults remaining open and engaged with the child, co-regulation and the use of storytelling.

Pete Jacob discussed ‘From Resistance to Care: developing a child focus in Non-Violent Resistance.’ Areas of discussion included ‘erasure’ where a young person who feels socially isolated after PTSD and can feel ‘erased’; the unmet needs of a child being met by a carer – in terms of safety and protection, autonomy-competence-accomplishment, belonging, narrative of family and self; and parental atonement, “Whatever you do – I will keep reaching out to you” and reconciliation.

Imelda talked about Adverse Childhood Experiences from a medical perspective. These include child maltreatment and childhood household (including separation, mental health, substance misuse among others). There is research showing that the more ACE’s young people experience then the poorer outcomes they have. These relate to chronic disease, social and educational outcomes. By preventing ACEs these are reduced. Prevent, intervene and mitigate. The impact of trauma and ACEs on brain development and pruning within the brain was discussed.

It was a really fascinating day with so much to think about. If you wish to learn more about these speakers please contact us or find their books on line as they are really worth reading.

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