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Developmental Repair Part 1

Creating helpful spaces for problem solving rather than power struggles


Young people today are experiencing stress, unpredictability, and change at rates and intensity we never would have imagined. More than ever, they need adults to remain reflective and attend to what is underneath challenging behavior. This training is aimed at increasing the helping professional’s, therapist’s, and teacher’s ability to recognize how and where a child is struggling, be aware of their own part of the therapeutic relationship, join a child in their distress, and co-create the steps to heal.

Grounded in a racialized trauma lens, attachment theory, and stress biology we will discuss how to join children in distress and become hired as helpers. We cover the theoretical underpinnings of the model and explore our beliefs about behavior. Using our own reflective capacity as adults and language as a tool, we can create helpful spaces for problem solving rather than power struggles. 

This is Part 1 of a four-part series we will offer throughout 2021. Each part will build on work presented in previous sessions, but previous completion of any other parts is not required.

Learning Objectives

  • definitions and examples of toxic stress and disorganized attachment.

  • the difference between “joining” and “therapeutic language”

  • a deeper understanding of the effects of complex trauma and children’s responses

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work
     2.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)

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