ACEs and Complex (Developmental) Trauma in Children

ID: 5661WEB

Formerly titled: Complex Trauma in Children. This is a two-part webinar that provides an overview of the concept of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the historical and contextual risk factors that set the stage for ACE’s, and the potential lifelong impact of ACEs. Complex Trauma has only recently been added to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and such trauma in children is often the result of multiple ACEs and toxic stress. There is a large literature on Developmental Trauma Disorder, the consequence ACEs and complex trauma in young children, but this has not yet been included in any diagnostic system. The lack of recognition of this condition is addressed, along with developing treatment models. [Elective for Child & Adolescent Mental Health or Trauma Response & Crisis Intervention Certificate Program]

Fee: $120.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 6.0 Clinical

Instructor: Susan Esquilin, PhD, ABPP-Clinical
Dates: Thursday, July 18, 2024 and Friday, July 19, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar

Webinar Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how each level of the ACEs pyramid leads to the next higher level.
  • Describe the four core components of Complex (Developmental) Trauma in Children.
  • Describe the three primary strategies for treatment of Complex (Developmental) Trauma in children in the ARC model of treatment.

    Webinar Outline

    Day 1

    10 am Welcome and introduction
    10:05 am ACEs: original ACEs research, types of events, stress and its bodily impact, introduction to the ACEs Pyramid
    10:30 am Foundational Levels of ACEs Pyramid: historical trauma, racism

  • video: A Girl Like Me
  • poverty and concentrated poverty
    11:00 am Consequence of ACEs (Disrupted Neurodevelopment): brain development in early childhood, human danger response, video
  • Tronicks Still Face Paradigm
    11:45 am Consequence of Disrupted Neurodevelopment (Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development): Characteristics of Complex (Developmental) Trauma in Children include four primary areas of difficulty (attachment and relational issues, dysregulation, negative self-concept, cognitive difficulties)
    12:30 pm Problems in Definition of Trauma: DSM-5-TR, ICD-11, and issues specific to children
    12:50 pm Conclusion/Q&A

    Day 2

    10:00 am Complex (Developmental) Trauma in Children: General treatment issues
    10:15 am ARC Foundational Strategies: Engagement and education, routines and rhythms
    10:30 am ARC Model: Attachment interventions
    11:00 am ARC Model: Regulation Strategies
    11:30 am ARC Model: Competency Strategies
    12:00 pm ARC Model: Trauma Experience Integration and Fragmented Self-States
    12:30 pm Case vignette: identifying criteria of Complex (Developmental) Trauma in Children and discussion of treatment interventions
    12:50 pm Conclusion/Q&A

    Target Audience

    Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals

    Content Level

    Beginner - Advanced

    Webinar Completion Requirements

    To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

    System Requirements

    • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
    • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

    About the Instructor

    Susan Esquilin, PhD, ABPP-Clinical, is a licensed psychologist, trained in developmental and clinical psychology at the University of Chicago, with a diplomate in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has served on the faculties of Montclair State, Rutgers, and University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. Dr. Esquilin has testified as an expert in criminal, family court, and civil matters. She was part of a faculty that developed and taught a decade-long course sponsored by Rutgers School of Social Work and the NJ Department of Children and Families that trained psychologists and psychiatrists to function as expert evaluators in child protection matters. Dr. Esquilin has presented at both state and national conferences, and regularly teaches continuing education programs at Rutgers School of Social Work, for the NJ Children’s System of Care through University Behavioral HealthCare in NJ, and for Court Appointed Special Advocates in Essex County. Dr. Esquilin serves on the Model Court Committee in Essex County and is a member of the Equity and Fairness as well as the Child Well-Being Subcommittees. In the NJ Psychological Association (NJPA), she currently as the co-chair of the Immigration Emergency Action Group, and she is President of the Essex-Union County Association of Psychologists. NJPA recognized Dr. Esquilin as New Jersey Psychologist of the Year for 2017 and awarded her its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

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