According to webinar presenter Aaron Wiemeier, developmental trauma has the same effect on the brain as physical trauma. Additionally, the human brain is constantly analyzing the environment for threat — even if it has never experienced trauma before.
Because trauma affects the structures of the brain that we use to deal with stress, hurt or pain (emotional or otherwise), we resort to other less natural and more dysfunctional patterns of coping such as: anger, emotional withdrawal or numbing, distraction and sometimes a delayed ability to recognize feelings. This type of response is rooted in a negative cognitive message such as “I am powerless. I deserve bad things. I am not loveable, etc.” Wiemeier refers to this as “The Road Block to Healing.” A specialist in the area of attachment and trauma, with a particular emphasis on the neurophysiology of trauma, he uses a practical, and often experiential community-based approach to helping and empowering families and individuals to overcome the effects of trauma.
Author Aaron Wiemeier, MS, LPC will discuss the latest research on how trauma — including stress — can impact the developing brain and how this may translate into difficult behaviors seen in the school and at home.
Trauma in all its forms has a profound impact on the developing brain and body. Developmental trauma (such as chronic everyday stress) can have the same impact on the brain as a single episode of acute trauma, such as a car crash.
It is not just the conscious memory of a traumatic event that a child must deal with. Trauma is stored in the brain as primarily sensory memory — a muscle movement, a taste, a smell, a feeling, or a sound. To understand how difficult it is to overcome this type of trauma, think about how difficult it would be to “unlearn” riding a bike or playing a piano. It is essential that professionals who work with children understand the true dynamics of brain development and how it can be impacted by traumatic experiences. Practical application and creative interventions for students whose social, emotional &/or behavior difficulties may stem from trauma will be discussed; these interventions may also be applicable with young people with Asperger’s Syndrome or other forms of Autism. This insightful 90-minute webinar will:
- Provide participants with a base of explanation of structure, function and development of the nervous system
- Pinpoint the single-most inmportant aspect of all human functioning and provide key elements needed to cultivate a more positive outcome in this process.
- Debunk common myths about “trauma” and how it affects the brain and behavior.
- Enable participants to understand trauma and its impact on brain development and child behavior.
- Equip participants with the tools necessary to recognize some of the warning signs of a traumatized child and what they can do to create a context for healing in both the home and school.
- Understand how brain structure and development is connected to behavior and traumatic experience
- Develop new tools for professionals working with students on issues such as:
- Emotional Regulation
- Comprehend the single-most important aspect of all human functioning as it relates to children and yourself, along with key elements needed to cultivate a more positive outcome in this process.
- Unlearn common myths about what trauma actually is and its affects on the brain and behavior.
- Explore recommended tools to help professionals recognize warning signs of a traumatized child and what they can do to create a context for healing in both the home and school.
- Learn how to apply current insights from brain development & trauma to improve effectiveness in working with young people.
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