11th Annual What's Emerging With Emerging Adults Educational Conference
We Gotta Get Out of This Place!
Trauma, Adolescents & Families
This continuing education program is sponsored at no charge by Yellowbrick Foundation and The Menninger Clinic. Yellowbrick Foundation will host the event. Registration is required.
Trauma and the Family During Adolescence
Michael Losoff, PhD
Director of Adolescent Services
This talk will focus on how the particular vulnerabilities to psychic injury inherent in the developmental phase of adolescence can be influenced by trauma and how the family plays a mediating role in this influence. Entailing “the second individuation,” adolescence brings a radical shift in internal organization that is often understood as traumatic in itself, for both the adolescent and the family. This shift in internal organization both ushers in and is influenced by important changes in the brain that have to do not only with executive functioning and therefore the ability to formulate an identity, but also deeper neurological mechanisms that modulate emotional and relational experience. Thus, during adolescence, there emerges a vital nexus of psycho social and neurological processes. When this nexus is impacted by external trauma, the family’s role as the mediating platform for individuation becomes even more significant. To illustrate this mediating influence, two different clinical cases will be presented. In one, the family’s structure, dynamic and openness to intervention ultimately fostered a reasonable path forward in individuation. The other family was less solid and less available for intervention and therefore impeded a healthy individuation process.
Participants will be able to:
(1) Trace the psychosocial processes inherent in the adolescent individuation process.
(2) Understand the neurological changes that occur during adolescence
(3) Synthesize the psychosocial and neurological processes and their influence on and by the family system
(4) Discern the role the family plays in mediating the impact of trauma on the adolescent individuation process
Assessing the New Research in Treating Trauma Disorders in Youth
Jonathan Stevens, MD, MPH
Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Chief of Outpatient Services
The Menninger Clinic
Exposure and suffering from trauma – especially when it occurs at a young age or when chronic – can be associated with significant deterioration of mental and physical health across the lifespan. Fortunately, research into effective treatments for children and adolescents with trauma-related disorders continues to expand. The improving quality and scope of research published over the past five years is the focus of this discussion. Today, the number of published books and articles describing specific treatment methods for youth with trauma is so large that it is difficult for clinicians to attain an overview without feeling overwhelmed. Which approaches are evidence-based or at least evidence-informed treatment methods and which are not? How do the treatment approaches work? Are they useful for all ages and all types of trauma-related disorders? What is the role of medication therapy for youth with trauma? This presentation provides an up-to-date review of the principles of trauma treatment in youth as well as in-depth information about specific empirically-supported treatment approaches and special treatment settings.
The participant will:
(1) Review the current evidence-based and promising evidence-informed treatment approaches for trauma-related disorders in children and adolescents.
(2) Understand the challenges of screening for and treating trauma-related disorders based on treatment setting (e.g., in school, a clinic office, or inpatient unit).
(3) Appreciate the current shortcomings and limitations of evidence-based treatment of youth with trauma – especially youth with comorbidities (e.g., substance use disorders).