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Children In Trauma Conference 2013

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10th Annual Children In Trauma Conference

Held February 1&2, 2013  |  Colusa Hall Conference & Event Center

Treatment of Complex Trauma in Children and Their Families: An Integrative Approach

Presented by:  Dr. Cheryl Lanktree, Ph.D.


This presentation described a comprehensive, multi-modal approach for the evaluation and treatment of complex trauma in children and their families. This treatment model, Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Children (ITCT-C) addresses attachment/relational issues, cognitive and emotional trauma processing, affect regulation and distress reduction, safety interventions, self capacities, systemic relationships, advocacy/community collaborations, and other issues for children who have been exposed to multiple incidents and types of trauma often compounded by primary caretaker and placement issues.

ITCT was developed over a number of years with the support of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and has been validated by treatment outcome research. Specific interventions and case examples will be discussed. ITCT incorporates a perspective that is assessment-based, individualized, systemically-oriented and particularly attentive to cultural, developmental, and economic disadvantage issues. Numerous publications on ITCT are available including treatment guides, Treating Complex Trauma in Adolescents and Young Adults (Briere & Lanktree, 2011), and the forthcoming book, Treating Complex Trauma in Younger Children and their Families: An Integrative Approach.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants learn what complex trauma is as it relates to children and their families and factors contributing to the development of complex trauma in children.
  2. Participants learn how Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT) was developed and how this treatment model can be used to treat complex trauma.
  3. Participants learn how to evaluate symptoms and behaviors of complex trauma in children, using specific tools of ITCT.
  4. Participants learn specific interventions of ITCT to address individually identified symptoms and problems in children and their families, associated with complex trauma.
  5. Participants learn how to provide advocacy and optimal collaborations with other systems to facilitate healing and healthy functioning in children and families affected by complex trauma.
About the Presenter:
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Dr. Cheryl Lanktree, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Santa Monica, California, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Southern California. From 1998 to 2009, she was Director of the Miller Children’s Abuse and Violence Intervention Center (MCAVIC), a multidisciplinary outpatient center in Long Beach, California. From 2005-2009, she was also Principal Investigator for the federally-funded MCAVIC-USC Child and Adolescent Trauma Program, a Treatment and Service Adaptation Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).