Training Series

Therapeutic Language

Therapeutic Language

Therapeutic Language: Relating to Dysregulated Children and Setting Goals in Treatment

Presented by Lauren W. Nietz, MSW, LICSW

Wednesday, January 29th
12:30pm – 3:30pm
3 CEUs | $79 | Register Here

Bunker Activity Center – Maple Room
550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW
Andover, MN 55304

This session is a repeat of the session we hosted of the same title on July 24th, 2013.

This presentation is aimed at helping professionals, teachers, caregivers, and parents recognize how and where a child is struggling, name it, and use concise language to join the child in distress.  Children experiencing toxic stress are especially in need of effective and succinct goals to target their work in treatment.  Using an attachment lens, parents, teachers, and non-clinical professionals working with children can join them even if they are not mental health professionals. Therapy is a service provided by trained, usually licensed mental health professionals, who have a model of intervention.  Joining is a state of mind caring adults possess when they are attending to the needs of children, talking and acting for the benefit of the child. It is an intentional relationship.  Joining is at the core of helping children who have experienced early neglect or trauma.  Learning strategies to feel equipped to engage children and their families provide the building blocks for future positive attachment experiences.  Using the tool of therapeutic language, caregivers can create appropriate goals for change.  The presenter is informed by attachment theory and stress biology which helps provide the guiding principles that enable more thorough and integrated child and family work.

Learning Objectives

  • Definitions and examples of toxic stress and disorganized attachment.
  • The difference between “joining” and “therapeutic language.”
  • A deeper understanding of the effects of complex trauma and children’s responses.
  • An awareness of symptoms of trauma as they present in young children.
  • Understanding the effects of childhood trauma on family dynamics
  • Tools to observe the family and child in the four domains of thinking, feeling, relating, and behaving, and tools for the provider/caregiver to be able to observe his or her own response to the child in the domains of thinking, feeling, relating, and behaving.
  • Tips for staying in tune with the child and his or her experience.
  • Therapeutic language to name child’s internal experience.
  • Ideas to manage internal and external dysregulation (for both self and other).
  • Examples of how to make language more concise.
  • Examples of treatment goals worded for the school-age child.
  • Tips for setting goals for and with children and adolescents.

Level: Intermediate
For: Parents & Professionals

Lauren W. Nietz, MSW, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker who has been supervising the Day Treatment Program at Washburn Center for Children for over five years.  She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Social Work who has a decade of experience providing therapy to adults, children, groups, and families who are struggling with the effects of trauma as an in-home family therapist and day treatment therapist.  Lauren provides training and consultation to clinicians working with young children and their caregivers utilizing Developmental Repair, a treatment model that was developed at Washburn Center for Children.  She has presented at local, statewide, and national conferences on treating childhood trauma.  Lauren is currently pursuing a certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health in the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development.

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