Carlijn de Roos
Chair(s): Isabel Fernandez
Friday 17 june 2016
18:00 - 19:00h at World Forum Theater
Categories: Children and adolescents, Somatics
How to process the unresolved physical aspects of exposure to traumatic events in children?
How to process the unresolved physical aspects of exposure to traumatic events in children? Memories of children who experienced negative or traumatic events tend to be stored in the form of images, cognitions, emotions or bodily sensations. Young children are limited in their ability to understand, identify and express the experience of a traumatic event. In these children, preverbal traumatic experiences appear to be primarily stored as physical (sensory and bodily) memories that as such can play an important role in the aetiology and maintenance of a broad range of symptomatology. Because recognition of these manifestations of underlying unresolved memories is difficult, too few children receive adequate treatment for their trauma. This presentation will focus on how to recognize, activate and process the unresolved physical aspects of traumatic memories in children aged 0-4 years and children > 4 years who have experienced a so called 'preverbal trauma' or were exposed to a 'physical' traumatic event such as a rape, strangulation, choking, physical abuse or some kind of intrusive medical treatment. The presentation will be illustrated with video fragments of the EMDR process in children of different ages with a diversity of complaints.
1. Describe the rationale for processing the physical aspect of the traumatic memory
2. Identify the presence of an unresolved physical aspect of a traumatic memory
3. Know how to activate and process the physical aspect of traumatic memories during the assessment and desensitization phase of the EMDR protocol for children
4. Recognize the 'physical' role of the parent/caregiver during EMDR treatment and the effect of the recovery process on the parent-child interaction.