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#20240521 WEBINAR: Language of Trauma




May (2024)

Trauma can impact the way children perceive the world and how they interpret words and conversations. This often creates a severe disconnect between foster and adoptive parents and their children. In this presentation, Heather will discuss and demonstrate how what we say and how we deliver our communication often gets wildly misinterpreted by children who have been impacted by negative life experiences. Learning to “speak trauma” can make the difference in how trust can be built and how well foster and adoptive parents are able to create emotional safety with their children. In turn, this becomes the building block for decreasing unsafe behaviors in the home. Join Heather for this authentic and relatable presentation. Leave with a deeper understanding of how to formulate effective responses to deescalate children and how to create a home environment that begins the life-long journey of healing with our children.

Heather T. Forbes, LCSW, is the owner of the Beyond Consequences Institute. She is an internationally published author on the topics of raising children with difficult and severe behaviors, understanding a parent’s reactivity when challenged in the home, and working with challenging children in the classroom. Forbes trains, consults, and coaches parents, mental health professionals, and educators throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is passionate about supporting families and professionals by bridging the gap between academic research and “when the rubber hits the road” parenting. Much of her experience and insight on understanding trauma, disruptive behaviors, developmental delays, and adoption-related issues comes from her own experience of raising two internationally adopted children and mentoring a severely traumatized young adult.

Watch time: 92 minutes

Eligible Certificate of Completion time: 92 minutes

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