S78: Update on Treating Developmental Trauma

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Authors: Roger Gurr

Year: 2019

Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Update on Treating Developmental Trauma

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers



Clinical Director of the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program, Western Sydney, and Chair of the Board of the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).

Recent publications have shown an increasing consensus on the need to treat developmental trauma, beyond trauma informed care, due to it being a major factor in the severity of many psychiatric diagnoses. There is now strong evidence that the brain is dysregulated by developmental trauma and mostly not responsive to talking therapies or medications. There are 4 phases of treatment and the new key realization is that we should deal with brain dysregulation early, to expedite somatic and talking therapies. Treatment methods will be discussed and resource connections provided.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: The presentation will provide an update on current knowledge.
Learning Objective 2: Recommendations for resources and further learning will be made.
Grossman, F. K., Spinazzola, J., Zucker, M., & Hopper, E. (2017). Treating adult survivors of childhood emotional abuse and neglect: A new framework. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87(1), 86-93. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000225
Hopper E, Grossman F, Spinazzola J, Zucker M, (2018) Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect: Component Based Psychotherapy. Guildford Press New York

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