ACEs and Complex (Developmental) Trauma in Children

ID: 5661WEB

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 Certificate Program]

Fee: $120.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 6.00 Clinical

Class Filled

Instructor: Susan Esquilin, PhD, ABPP-Clinical
Dates: Thursday, January 19, 2023 and Friday, January 20, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Zoom (Interactive Webinar)
Online Live Webinar, Online, NJ

Webinar Objectives

• 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 “Tronick’s 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

Content Level

Beginner - Advanced

Webinar Completion Requirements

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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