Complex Trauma

This series is designed to acquaint clinicians and researchers with issues relevant to working with children who have experienced multiple traumatic events. Experts from the NCTSN discuss neurobiological underpinnings, assessment, and evidence-based treatment of complex trauma.

In this webinar Richard Kagan discusses his intervention Real Life Real Heroes which envisions treatment for trauma as a hero's journey. The intervention includes attachment-based therapy as well as journaling and other arts and expressive elements.
In this webinar Mandy Habib discusses the intervention SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress). In the presentation, she provides an overview of the intervention, discusses developmental considerations in treating traumatized adolescents, and offers suggestions to meet training and implementation challenges.
In this webinar Kristine Kinniburgh of the Trauma Center at JRI discusses ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency) a flexible intervention for children with complex trauma. She describes how the intervention can address a continuum of exposures, including ongoing exposure. She describes how it is embedded in a social/contextual framework and sensitive to individual developmental competencies and deficits. She also describes how the intervention addresses individual, familial, and systemic needs and strengths.
In this webinar Cheryl Lanktree provides an overview of Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma, or ITCT. ITCT is a component-based, assessment-driven, multi-modal intervention for survivors of complex trauma and their families. The intervention incorporates aspects of the Self Trauma Model, attachment theory, and cognitive-behavioral theory. This presentation focuses on the use of ITCT in school-aged children.
In this webinar Joseph Spinazzola addresses the lack of consensus on what are the most effective treatments for children with complex trauma. Rather than focusing on specific treatments, the emphasis has shifted to looking at the components of effective treatment for this population. Dr. Spinazzola addresses these components--including safety, self-regulation, relational engagement and attachment, information processing, positive affect, and the integration of traumatic experience--and how they inform treatment planning.
In this webinar John Briere discusses general and trauma-specific tools used to assess complex trauma in children and adolescents, and how assessment guides treatment for this population.
In this webinar Margaret Blaustein disscusses the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model and provides participants with a component-based framework for intervention with children with complex trauma. The framework is grounded in theory and empirical knowledge about the effects of trauma, recognizing the core effects of trauma exposure on attachment, self-regulation, and developmental competencies. This model emphasizes the importance of understanding and intervening with the child-in-context, with a philosophy that systemic change leads to effective and sustainable outcomes.
In this webinar Cherly Lanktree provides an overview of Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma, or ITCT. ITCT is a component-based, assessment-driven, multi-modal intervention for survivors of complex trauma and their families. The intervention incorporates aspects of the Self Trauma Model, attachment theory, and cognitive-behavioral theory. John Briere disucsses dealing with triggered symptoms in ITCT-A.
In this webinar Mandy Habib discusses the intervention SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress). In the presentation, she provides an overview of the intervention, discusses developmental considerations in treating traumatized adolescents, and offers suggestions to meet training and implementation challenges. Ms. Soderberg provides the perspective of a youth who has been treated with the SPARCS model.
In this webinar Laurel Kiser discusses the effects of complex trauma on families. She discusses family exposure to trauma in the context of family life events, adverse life events, and trauma. An individual's reponse to trauma and the effect on family is also addressed. Family patterns stemming from intergenerational trauma exposure are also discussed. Staging and sequencing of family trauma treatment is included in the presentation.
In this webinar, the first presentation of the NCTSN Complex Trauma Speaker Series, Bessel van der Kolk speaks on the neurobiology of complex trauma. He begins with a discussion of what complex trauma is, how it develops, and how it is distinguished from PTSD. He discusses the work of the Complex Trauma Task Force, including the development of a white paper on complex trauma that draws on data from the Network. He reports on longitudinal and clinical studies that examine the impact of complex trauma on neurobiological structure and function and covers implications for treatment.
In this webinar Cherly Lanktree describes the attachment-focused interventions of ITCT-C and ITCT-A and their use with children, adolescents, and their families.
In this webinar John Briere discusses the mindfulness interventions that are part of the Integrated Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) model.