Adverse Childhood Events, Attachment, and Cognitive Processing Theory

Research demonstrates that exposure to multiple types of traumatic experiences in childhood and adolescence can interfere with adjustment and the development of self-regulatory capacities. As a mental health professional, one should be able to take a trans-diagnostic approach to assessment, case formulation, treatment planning and monitoring rather than attempting to diagnose and treat an overwhelming array of symptoms and co-morbid disorders. Although the bio-psychosocial problems facing clients with a history of ACEs, poly-victimization, or cumulative exposure to traumatic stressors—and the corresponding challenges facing clinicians—are undeniably complex and daunting, taking a complex trauma framework derived from those three lines of research can paradoxically provide a degree of simplicity to assessment and treatment that is the result of an integrative understanding of the importance of focusing on addressing stress reactivity and self-regulation.
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD that have developed after experiencing a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters.

Educational Objectives

After attending the course, a participant will be able to:

  • Describe the neurological, psychological, and social impact of early childhood experiences on the development of attachment patterns
  • Analyze three basic attachment styles based on early attachment experiences and clarify how these specific patterns impact relationships, intimacy and mental health
  • Illustrate five effective clinical strategies that support the journey from insecure attachment to earned secure attachment status
  • Assist patients to increase their understanding of unhelpful thinking patterns and learn new, healthier ways of thinking
  • Support patients’ exploration of how each of 5 core themes have been affected by their traumatic experiences

Available Continuing Education:

— 5.5 hours —

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Certified Public Health (CPH)

DMH-Addiction Therapist

DMH- IDD

DMH-Licensed Administrator

DMH-Mental Health Therapist

NBCC/LPC

Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals (MAAP)

NADAAC *pending

Social Work

Presenter

Melissa Holland, MA, MD, FACOG, CAADC

Location

First United Methodist Church

208 Pine Street
Long Beach, Mississippi 39560

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Date

Jul. 18, 2018

Time

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Presenter

Melissa Holland, MA, MD, FACOG, CAADC

Location

First United Methodist Church

208 Pine Street
Long Beach, Mississippi 39560

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