Sunday, January 26, 2020, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Trauma is an important topic for adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents because many children who have been adopted, especially those adopted at an older age or from foster homes/orphanages, have lived through traumatic experiences. Children bring these traumas with them when they come into your home. Traumatic stress reactions and other responses to trauma can cause children to behave in ways that may baffle you. Their relationship with you, with other adults, and even with their peers may feel shaky or unpredictable, and all the usual approaches to parenting—the tricks that might have worked like a charm when you were a child—may not work with them. ACI’s Director of Program Development Lindsay Weinberg, JD, LCSW has tailored The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Workshop “Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents” for an audience of adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents. Over the course of 8 Modules, you will learn not only how trauma affects children, but how you can use this knowledge to make sense of your child’s feelings, attitudes, and behavior. During this workshop, Lindsay will present Modules 1-3 to share “essential elements” every parent should know when caring for a child who has been through trauma, what trauma is and how we can help children move past their traumatic pasts, and take a closer look at how trauma affects children’s development.