The Developmental & Neurobiological Impact of Child Maltreatment & Abuse | Justice Resource Institute

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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

The Developmental & Neurobiological Impact of Child Maltreatment & Abuse

Goals:  To expose participants to the ways in which trauma experienced at various points in development may shape developmental pathways, with a goal of building understanding of child and/or adult needs and improving effective service delivery. To increase participants understanding of the impact of trauma on brain and biology, and to increase awareness of physiological processes in client presentation and challenges.

Content and Methods: This training session will provide an overview of the developmental impact of chronic childhood trauma, including definition and prevalence of child trauma; understanding of long-term consequences; an introduction to the complex trauma framework; and an overview of key process issues including developmental stage, the attachment system, functional domains of impairment, and alternative adaptations.  Distressing symptoms and behaviors will be re-framed to emphasize child and family adaptation to overwhelming life circumstance.  Core underlying vulnerabilities such as difficulty with self-regulation and difficulty forming healthy attachment relationships will be emphasized over diagnostic/pathology-based formulations.  This workshop will also discuss the effects of trauma on the brain, on the immune system, on health care utilization, and on attentional issues. Neuroanatomical and physiological impact will be linked to behavioral presentation. 

Contact Information

Please contact Elizabeth James, ejames@jri.org, or Jana Pressley, Psy.D., jpressley@jri.org for more information about this training.

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