Teen Trauma: Understanding & Treating Traumatic Stress in Adolescents - Dr Rob Lusk




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Psychological Trauma in Adolescents: Definition, Concepts, Types & Effects
• Definition of Trauma
• Important Trauma Concepts for Working with Teens
• Epigenetics and Trauma
• Effects of Trauma Demonstrated in Adolescents
• Longer Term Effects: The ACE Study

Trauma-Informed Assessment of Adolescents

• Diagnosis of Psychological Trauma in Adolescents using the DSM-5™
• Common Pitfalls in the Diagnosis of Trauma
• Avoiding Diagnostic Pitfalls

Neurobiological Factors in Traumatized Adolescents
• Common Problems Related to Neurobiology
• The Arousal Continuum (Hyperarousal to Hypoarousal)

Dissociation in Adolescents
• Dissociation: TRASC & The 4-D Model
• Dissociative Disorders (DSM-5)
• Dissociation: Treatment

Evidence-Based Trauma Treatments for Adolescents
• What does “evidence-based” mean in trauma treatment?
• Evidence-Based (EB) Treatments vs. the “Real World”
• So, How Do We Deal With This in Treating Adolescents???

Stages of Trauma-Focused Treatment
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): The “Gold Standard” in Trauma Treatment for Adolescents*
• Pros and Cons
• PRACTICE acronym
• Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
• Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Prolonged Exposure Therapy
• Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders

Domains of Trauma Treatment in Stage One: The 24/7 Framework
• Critical Domains to Address
• Building a Treatment Plan

Case Example: Introduction

The Physiology Domain
• Adequate Sleep
• Nutrition & Hydration
• Sensory Needs/Interventions
• Medications, Supplements, & Alternative Approaches
• Physical Activity/Exercise

Case Example: Physiology Domain
The Relationship Domain
• Caregiver Emotional Control
• Building Attunement
• Positive Discipline
• Building the Therapeutic Alliance
• Building A Support Network
• Implementing Routines & Rituals

Emotional Regulation
• Feelings Identification
• Communicating Feelings
• Emotional Regulation
o Grounding & Self-Soothing Techniques

Applying Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™ to Stage One
• Principles of NMT™
• NMT™ Interventions: Rhythmic, Repetitive, & Respectful + Attunement

Building Empathy
Case Example: Emotional Regulation Domain
Cognitive Domain
• Problem-Solving with an extra trauma question
• Executive Functions/Helping with Executive Function Problems
• Mindfulness
• Distorted Cognitions: Most Common Targets of Cognitive Processing
• The Franklin Method
• Case example: Cognitive Domain

The Identity & Talents Domain
• Identity/Sense of Self
• Interventions
• Case example: Identity and Talents

Stage One (Safety & Stabilization): Additional Components
• Safety plans
• Trauma-specific areas of focus (with examples)

Stage Two: Processing the Past Trauma
• Preparation
• Creating the Trauma Narrative
• Considerations in choosing procedures
• Methods of creating Trauma Narrative
• Process of Constructing a Trauma Narrative
• When is your client finished with Stage Two?
• Stage Two: Case Example

Stage Three: Reconnection
• Consolidating/internalizing coping skills
• Enhancing positive emotions
• Making meaning of the trauma
• Spiritual/religious concerns
• Facilitating reconnection to daily activities
• Preparing for future safety/ Triggers
• Stage Three: Case Example


Learning Objectives

  • Apply a flexible conceptual framework to trauma treatment that is sensitive to adolescent clients’ needs across several critical domains.
  • Utilize strategies to assist caregivers of adolescent clients with issues of emotional control, attunement, and discipline.
  • Implement a variety of treatment exercises and grounding techniques to help adolescent clients develop emotional regulation skills.
  • Integrate cognitive behavioral strategies to transition problematic thoughts of clients into more adaptive, helpful thinking patterns.
  • Incorporate flexible techniques to assist teen clients in developing their trauma narrative.
  • Choose appropriate strategies to help adolescent clients prepare for future safety issues and trauma triggers.
  • Create a realistic treatment plan for implementing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and related interventions for your adolescent clients.

About the Speaker

Robert Lusk, PHD, has devoted his career to working with trauma survivors and their families, and providing training and consultation to parents, military families, and professionals on trauma-related issues, parenting special needs children, attachment disorders, psychotropic medications, reintegration after deployment, and psychiatric disorders. For the past 26 years, Dr. Lusk has served as clinical director at The Baby Fold. There, he designs and implements new programs, and provides clinical supervision, consultation and oversight to all the agency’s treatment programs. Dr. Lusk completed a full-time internship at the Brentwood Veterans Administration Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he focused on PTSD treatment for combat veterans. He has continued to provide supervision, training, and treatment for veterans and other adult trauma survivors for the past 30 years.

Dr. Lusk also instructs courses at Illinois Wesleyan University and has been actively involved in investigative research on trauma for over 30 years, including studies of treatment approach efficacy and cognitive and school-related effects of trauma. He has published several journal articles and book chapters on understanding and treating trauma. Dr. Lusk earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles and has trained in a variety of interventions including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model, Collaborative Problem-Solving, couples and family therapy, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)


CPD & CE credits available: 6

How do I receive these credits?

The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.

The post-test is included in the price of the training.

Does my regulatory body accept the credits?

The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Our trainings are accredited by:

– The CPD Group, London
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Australian Counselling Association

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