In addition to the complexity of PTSD, adolescents with a history of trauma also deal with the developmental challenges of adolescence: identity formation, balancing autonomy and relatedness, managing peer pressure, and achieving age-appropriate separation from caregivers. Keeping these developmental issues in mind, Trauma Adaptive Recovery Group Education and Therapy for Adolescents (TARGET-A) will help adolescents manage avoidance and numbing symptoms, negative cognitions about self, traumatic grief, impulsive/avoidant coping and delinquent behavior.
In this workshop, participants will learn the TARGET-A psychoeducational and therapeutic interventions. TARGET-A teaches a presentcentered, strength-based relationally-grounded approach for affect regulation, information processing, behavioral self-control, and interpersonal skills designed to enhance personal control and reduce the automacity and severity of triggered PTSD symptoms. Assessment and treatment both will be emphasized. An open field trial of TARGET-A is presently being conducted with youths in a statewide multi-agency juvenile justice system in community and residential programs. Preliminary findings indicate that TARGET-A is associated with reduced PTSD and enhanced self-regulation as reported by adolescents and their parents.
Day 1: Introduction to Trauma
Thursday, September 15, 2005
1:30 - 4:45PM (Registration begins at 1:00pm)
Understand state of the art information relating to the biological, psychological, and developmental effects of trauma on adolescents.
Be able to adapt clinical assessment and treatment approaches to address adolescent trauma survivors' difficulties with affect regulation and information processing.
Day 2: TARGET Treatment
Friday, September 16, 2005
9AM - 4PM (Registration begins at 8:30am)
Learn a new skill set (FREEDOM) to guide therapeutic work with adolescent trauma survivors focused on:
. Self-regulating extreme affects
. Growing from survival-coping to meaning-making
Apply the FREEDOM skill set to:
. Managing clinical crises,
. Working with an ethnically diverse adolescent population,
. Addressing vicarious trauma,
. Provide adolescent gender sensitive care