Applying Trauma Treatment to Children: Framework & Case Examples

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Date Jan 23, 2015
Time 03:00 PM EDT
Cost $49.00
Dr. Robert Lusk uses two gripping case studies, each with its own unique challenges and successes, to illustrate the 3-stage journey of trauma treatment.

Full Description:
What does trauma treatment actually look like? This webinar reviews an evidence-based framework for guiding treatment, and expands upon it with a new domain focused on physiology. Participants learn what current research says about the use of medications for child trauma victims. This framework is then applied to two very different, complex trauma cases to determine the focus and types of interventions to use, how to prepare different children and their families for trauma processing, and how to implement both play-based and verbal trauma narratives.  

Join Dr. Robert Lusk as he uses case studies to illustrate the journey of trauma treatment and the reconnection that takes place as the journey reaches its conclusion.

Course Includes:
Live Q&A
Presentation Handout
Post session recording access
CE Credit

What You Will Learn:
Describe the components of the expanded framework to apply to traumatized children and adolescents
Analyze recommendations from current research about which medications are helpful (and NOT helpful) for traumatized youth
Apply the expanded framework to Stages 1 and 2 of trauma treatment in cases involving pre-teen and teenage children
Explain the skills that both caregivers and children need to stabilize and get ready for trauma processing
Evaluate play-based and verbal approaches to completing the trauma narrative

Your Presenter:
ROBERT LUSK, PhD, a clinical psychologist for over 20 years, has devoted the majority of his career to helping traumatized children and adolescents. He has worked extensively with child trauma victims and their families, and provides training and consultation to parents and professionals about trauma-related issues, parenting special needs children, attachment disorders, psychotropic medications, and psychiatric disorders. For the past 22 years, Dr. Lusk has served as the Clinical Director at The Baby Fold—a multi-service agency providing residential, special education, child welfare, adoption/foster care support, and numerous other services to children and families in Illinois. There, he provides clinical supervision and consultation to all of the agency's treatment programs. Dr. Lusk also instructs courses at Illinois Wesleyan University and has been actively involved in investigative research on trauma since 1987, including studies of treatment approach efficacy and cognitive and school-related effects of trauma. He has published several journal articles and book chapters on understanding and treating traumatized children, and has taught both graduate and undergraduate seminars on trauma. 

Dr. Lusk has presented at local, regional, and national conferences on the effects and treatment of childhood trauma. He also conducts a local radio show, Ask Dr. Rob, where he discusses and takes calls about a variety of psychological issues. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles and has trained in a variety of interventions including cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, couples and family therapy, and EMDR. He has been a member of the APA for more than 20 years, and is a member of the APA's Division of Clinical Psychology as well as the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Only registered attendees will have access to CE. A Cross Country Education web account is required to attend. There is no charge for a CCE web account. It is recommended that you join the meeting 15 to 20 minutes early. Speaker phone sound quality is poor and it is recommended that they not be used to listen to the event.

Technical requirements:
To view this webinar you will need to download the WebEx Application. You will be prompted to download it when you first enter the site. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by following this link:

Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, School Psychologists, Adoption Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Case Managers, Foster Care and Adoption Workers, Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, School Guidance Counselors, Child Advocacy/Protective Service Staff, Therapeutic Child Care Staff, Educators, Pastoral Counselors/Clergy, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors


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