Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents
This webinar offers an overview of Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A). ITCT-A is an evidence-based treatment that was developed to assist clinicians in the evaluation and treatment of adolescents who have experienced multiple forms of psychological trauma, often in the context of negative living conditions such as poverty, deprivation and social discrimination.
The core components of ITCT-A include:
- Assessment driven treatment
- Attention to complex trauma issues
- Use of multiple treatment modalities
- Relational processing of early attachment schema and current interpersonal expectations
- Skills development
- Therapeutic exposure
- Exploration of trauma
- Advocacy and interventions at the system level
After viewing this webinar you will be able to:
- Identify the major effects of complex trauma on adolescents
- List at least three different treatment components of Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A)
Define how to assess complex trauma in adolescents using guidelines and tools from ITCT-A
ISTSS Webinar May 19, 2015
Treating Adolescent Trauma with Mindfulness
This webinar offers an introduction to mindfulness-based interventions as they are used in Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A). Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) have been shown to be effective in treating mood and anxiety disorders. When used with care, MBIs can also be helpful in treating posttraumatic distress. Mindful awareness practices may parallel many components that are used in treating traumatized adolescents. These include identification of maladaptive trauma-related cognitions, affect regulation skills, decentering from thoughts, and therapeutic exposure to traumatic memories. Mindfulness training can teach adolescents to modulate traumatic cognitive and emotional experiences, and better manage behavioral reactivity, which provides opportunities to enhance creative problem-solving and choose more appropriate and skillful responses.
During this webinar, Dr. Semple will briefly describe mindfulness as it is conceptualized in Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A); explain therapeutic modifications needed when working with traumatized adolescents; and discuss clinical issues and potential contraindications to consider before implementing MBIs with traumatized teens. Working with traumatized adolescents can be emotionally demanding for the therapist, so she will also discuss ways in which the cultivation of mindfulness may offer personal benefit to trauma-informed therapists. Mindfulness is best learned experientially, so this webinar includes several mindfulness activities.
- Describe the mindfulness component of ITCT-A as it was adapted for use with adolescents.
- Articulate clinical issues and contraindications to consider before using mindfulness-based intervention to treat traumatized adolescents.
- Explain some personal benefits of mindfulness for therapists who work with traumatized teens
Treating Self-Injurious Behaviors in Traumatized Adolescents
This webinar provides a brief overview of the treatment of self-injurious behaviors (SIBs) in adolescents and young adults, as informed by Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A). Covered in this presentation are the major types of SIB, its relationship to trauma and attachment disturbance, the primary psychological functions of SIB, and treatment components that have been found help for SIBs, including relational processing, trigger management, emotional regulation training, titrated exposure, and mindfulness skills development.
- Define self-injurious behavior and its links to trauma and attachment issues
- Discuss the underlying reasons for self-injury, from a nonpathologizing perspective
- Explain how trigger management can be a major component in the treatment of SIBs
- Describe constraints on the use of exposure therapy with those involved in SIB