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Trauma and Dissociation in Chldren .
a 3-part program about working with children who have experienced trauma.
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129 minutes.
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Trauma and Dissociation in Chldren


"In order to investigate a case of suspected child abuse or litigate that case, you have to not only understand the legal issues, which are complex enough, but one really has to understand something about child development, about the impact of traumatic experiences on children, in order to understand how they react to it and to understand how we react to them."- John E.B. Myers, JD

Abuse and neglect can have profound effects on children's neurological development, and on their behaviors. The often devastating impacts of trauma-on children's sense of self, on their ability to regulate their emotions, and on their capacity to talk about what has happened to them-can pose major challenges for child protective services workers, law enforcement investigators, forensic interviewers, and prosecutors.

In this new video series, presented by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, leaders in the trauma field come together with experts on interviewing children and prosecuting abuse cases to give child protection professionals a grounding in the psychological impacts of abuse, and provide them with better tools for working with traumatized children. The series includes recent research on children's recantation and inconsistent accounts. The presenters include Bessel van der Kolk, Christine Courtois, Kathy Steele, Fran Waters, Richard Kluft, Victor Vieth, John E.B. Myers, and Thomas Lyon.


Part 1  Behavioral Impacts

This video explains the internal effects of trauma on children, and the behaviors that abused and neglected children may display. It provides the framework for rest of the series.

Topics include:

  • Children's Response to Trauma
  • Triggers
  • Behavioral Impacts
  • The Power of Parents
  • The Dissociative Defense
  • Beyond Normal Forgetting
  • Parental Trauma History                                        

Part 2  Issues for Interviewers

While interviewing an abused child is never easy, using the right approach can make the process less stressful and produce better results.

Topics include:

  • Before the Interview
  • Instructions and Rapport-Building
  • Open-Ended Questioning
  • Working with Dissociation
  • The Extended Forensic Evaluation
  • Interviewer Self-Care

Part 3 Guidelines for Prosecutors

This program delves into the difficult issues prosecutors may face when pursuing child abuse cases.

Topics Include:

  • Need for Psychological Training
  • Dissociation
  • Hearsay Evidence and Crawford
  • Preparing the Child for Court
  • Supporting the Child in Court
  • Expert Testimony
  • Vicarious Trauma

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Violence Prevention: Child Abuse
Violence Prevention: Law Enforcement
Violence Prevention: Family Advocacy/DoD

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