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Creating Trusting Connections


Fri 30 Nov 2018, 9:00am–3:00pm

Where: Flames International Hotel, Waverley St, Onerahi, Whangarei

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $235.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Healthy relationships in the early years facilitate optimal brain integration and development and are correlated with mental health. However, when children experience abuse, neglect or multiple caregivers, the high level of stress associated with these experiences changes the architecture of their brain and makes it difficult for them to establish relationships.

In the absence of good enough relationships, these children are at risk for neurological, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges that effect their ongoing mental health and longterm wellbeing.

Many children, when placed in a setting that provides attuned and sensitive responsiveness, are able to learn how to engage in and benefit from the dyadic experiences provided by a different family member, foster or adoptive parent. Other children who have been much more traumatised and compromised in those aspects of their development often have much greater difficulty responding to their new caregiver.

This workshop combines contemporary understanding of brain development and the principles of Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) to guide both helping professionals and carers in how they best support a child who cannot trust relationships.

Participants will understand:
- How toxic levels of stress impact on brain development.
- Insecure and disorganised attachment patterns and the relevance for ongoing development.
- The vulnerability behind challenging behaviour and how that behaviour might be adaptive.
- How to use Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (P.A.C.E.) to help a child regulate their emotions, make sense of their world in less shame-based ways an to learn how to trust relationships.

Sian Phillips is a Psychologist in private practice in Kingston, Ontario. Since gaining her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto she has specialised in the assessment of childhood trauma and attachment difficulties, working with children and caregivers for the last 20 years. Sian is a certified DDP therapist, consultant and trainer. She is also an adjunct professor at Queen's University, supervising students in their clinical placements.

Her vast knowledge in this area, when combined with her interactive and engaging teaching style and thoughtful use of case study material, mean this one-day workshop will be relevant for counsellors, therapists, education professionals, social service and mental health providers working with children and their families, and those caring or parenting children with attachment and trauma histories.

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