Treating Trauma in Adolescents & Emerging Adult: Development, Attachment & the Therapeutic Relationship

Schedule: June 22nd, 2018
                  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
        Cost: $250.00 (early bird registration before May 24th, 2018)
                   $275.00 (regular rate after May 24th, 2018)
  Included: Book, coffee breaks, & certificate of attendance
                                   Location: Holiday Inn South,
                                                    4206 MacLeod Trail,
                                                     Calgary, Alberta
                   Room Reservation: If needed, a room can be reserved at a rate of
                                                     $119.00 per night using group code TTJ or
                                                     group name Talk Therapy by calling
                                                     403-287-2700 or 1-866-554-0162, or
                                                      on-line at Holiday Inn
                                   Presenter: Martha B. Straus, Ph.D.

Workshop description

Are you a therapist looking to expand your therapeutic techniques with Adolescents & Young Adults?

To work with troubled and traumatized adolescents and emerging adults, it’s crucial for therapists and other caregivers to first foster an adult capacity for self-awareness and self-regulation. It’s not easy, especially when the youths’ extreme reactions — ranging from angry, agitated arousal to frozen shutting down — can trigger our own sense of frustration and helplessness.

Through the transition to adulthood, the long-term impact of early adverse poses a particular treatment challenge: how do we provide opportunities for successful dependence in the face of so many expectations for independent functioning?

Learning Goals and Objectives

In this workshop, Dr. Straus will describe Developmental-Relational Therapy (DRT), an attachment-based model of trauma treatment. Through lecture, discussion, exercises, and video clips, you will learn and practice mindful, empathic strategies that can help even the most defiant and distressed teens and young adults feel more secure, connected, present, and regulated.  Participants will learn to:

  • Explore specific adolescent and emerging adult attachment styles that interact with and trigger your own.
  • Utilize the React, Reflect, and Respond approach to provide corrective relational experiences.
  • Practice the four M’s — mirroring, mentalizing, mindfulness, and modulation — to increase connection and mood regulation.
  • Make use of adult presence, validation, self-disclosure, and enactments to bring young traumatized clients back into relationships with themselves and with you.

About the Presenter:

Martha B. Straus, Ph.D. Martha is a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire, and adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. She maintains a small private practice in Brattleboro, Vermont, and consults to schools, hospitals, and social service agencies.

Dr. Straus is an international trainer and speaker on topics related to child, adolescent, and family development, attachment, trauma, and therapy. She is the author of numerous articles and five books including, most recently Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.