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      Treating Chronically Traumatized Children: The Sleeping Dogs Method in Calgary

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      April 28, 2020

      Tuesday   9:00 AM

      Holiday Inn , 8360 Blackfoot Trail SE
      Calgary, Alberta

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      Treating Chronically Traumatized Children: The Sleeping Dogs Method

      Who should attend? This workshop is intended for mental health professionals who work with children and their family (private practitioners or clinicians working in organisations, child protection workers, residential staff or foster care workers). Therapists who attend this workshop should have a minimum of a Master degree either in psychology, social work, or counselling. Although the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy will be discussed, traininig in EMDR is not required.  This workshop can assist organizations such as residential facilities, Foster Care, Child Protection or Mental Health Services with implementing trauma-informed and trauma-focused treatment. Workshop Description The treatment of severely traumatized children and adolescents usually focuses on helping the child and the family to process their traumatic experiences with EMDR therapy. But in some cases children cannot or do not want to participate in EMDR therapy. These children may for example refuse to talk about their traumatic memories, they may dissociate, or may say they have forgotten about it. Or clinicians are afraid to address the traumatic memories out of fear to dysregulate the child. Or a child becomes very aggressive or dissociates when the trauma is mentioned. And some children are very young and can’t speak about what happened or we don’t know exactly what happened. Cases such as these get stuck and often the trauma doesn’t get processed. We let ‘sleeping dogs lie’, with devastating consequences for future development. But how to help these children? The metaphor ‘sleeping dogs’ refers to traumatic memories that children refuse to or cannot discuss; by waking up the ‘sleeping dogs,’ traumatic memories become accessible and treatable. The goal of this treatment method is to get traumatized children children and adolescents stabilized as quickly as possible so they can start processing those traumatic memories. This two-day workshop will focus on how to use the Sleeping Dogs method to analyze the child’s barriers to participate in trauma processing with EMDR therapy and to plan interventions to overcome these barriers.  Participants will learn to analyze cases by using the Six Tests Form to discover possible reasons why the child is resistant. For example, a child may not want to discuss sexual abuse by dad because of fears that contact with him would be ceased, or not wanting to discuss domestic violence by the divorced foster parents for fear that may trigger and upset the foster mother. This structured assessment provides a framework to plan interventions focused on overcoming the identified barriers and start the processing of traumatic memories with EMDR therapy. One of the key factors in this method is the involvement of family members, even when they have abused or neglected the child and may have little or no contact with them, and when reunification is no option. Case examples and video material will be used to demonstrate the use of this method.  This is a practical workshop in which Ms. Struik will ground the method in case examples. Participants will need to practice the use of this method with their own cases and develop treatment plans. The theory will be explained in straightforward language; the same language that participants can use with their clients This training includes the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2014). Learning Objectives Participants will learn about the Sleeping Dogs Method and will be able to apply it to their clinical cases. Participants will be able to identify when the use of the Sleeping Dogs Method is appropriate.  Participants will be able to identify all potential barriers for chronically traumatized children to commence with EMDR therapy. Participants will be able to make a structured assessment of the potential barriers for their cases with the Sleeping Dogs method. Participants will learn to analyze cases by using the Six Tests Form to discover possible reasons why the child is resistant.  Participants will be able to identify the necessary elements of the treatment plan to overcome the barriers for their cases. Participants will learn how to stabilize children and adolescents as quickly as possible so they can start processing those traumatic memories. Participants will learn how to involve family members, even when they have abused or neglected the child and may have little or no contact with them, and when reunification is no option. Timeline Day 1 9-10 - Introduction & Overview of treatment 10-11 - Problem areas creating resistance, outline sleeping dogs treatemt 11-11.15 break 11.15-12.30 - Motivation & Practice on own case (15 min) psychoeducation on Volcano Video fragments with instruction window of tolerance Video fragments with instruction dissociation Video fragments with instruction 12.30-13.30 lunch 13.30-14.30 - Analysis barriers, Test Safety with interventions, Practice on own case (15 min) 14.30-14.45 break 14.45-1600 - Test Daily life with interventions, Practice on own case (15 min) Interventions with demonstration video: Safe Deposit Box Safe Place Intervention Here and Now. Day 2 9-10 - Questions, Test Attachment, Practice on own case (15 min) 10-11 - Test Emotion regulation, Practice on own case (15 min), Video fragment Emotion regulation 11-11.15 break 11.15-12.30 -Test Cognitive shift & NC and PC, Interweaves Video fragment EMDR session interweaves Practise on own case (15 min) Conversational techniques 12.30-13.30 lunch 13.30-14.30 - Video fragment preparing cognitive shift with parent, Trauma Healing Story, Nutshell 14.30-14.45 break 14.45-1600 - EMDR Integration, Make plan for case, Analyse other case About the instructor Arianne Struik is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and EMDR practitioner and consultant, originally from the Netherlands. She worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for twenty-two years as a clinical psychologist and program director. She moved to Australia and became director of The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC) from which she provides specialized trauma treatment in remote areas, as well as workshops, training, supervision and research from the Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children. Ms. Struik developed the award-winning Sleeping Dogs method, described in the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2014) and Treating Chronically Traumatized Children. The Sleeping Dogs method, second edition (Struik, 2019). Ms. Struik teaches internationally on the treatment of trauma and dissociation in children. She is member of the European ISSTD Child and Adolescent Committee and Convener of the Australian Psychological Society EMDR Interest Group. *Refund policy Refunds on purchased tickets are available only until March 27th, 2020 (no refund after this date). There is a $75 processing fee for all refunds/price adjustments. Fees for late arrivals and early departures will not be re-funded. *Prices subject to change. **Cancellations/Changes The workshop may be cancelled or postponed 45 days prior to its date due to under-enrollment or other circumstances. Participants may want to wait before making travel arrangements. The workshop shall be cancelled or postponed if unforeseen circumstances, such as presenter illness and/or a natural disaster (a flood, earthquake, tsunami, wildfire, or other major incident) arises. Participants will be refunded 100% All grievances must be in writing to, and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days. *IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS, DISABILITY OR CONCERNS: Please contact Envision at  This training is held in facilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  12 EMDRIA credits are offered for this workshop Continuing Education Credits maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at (an additional fee for CEs applies, fee not included as part of the workshop tuition), and entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form. Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. is approved by: The American Psychological Association (APA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is NOT available for NBCC credit Florida Certification Board The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2021 The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. is approved to provide continuing education by the following professional organizations: ASWB and APA. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by these nationally recognized certifying bodies to satisfy renewal requirements. California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0221 Expires 02-2021 The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2020 The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider Massachusetts Authorization Number: 1941 Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2021 New York Social Work Board – is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120. The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2020 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years. The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2020.

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