Trauma Informed Care in a Residential Setting: Understanding “Complex” Youth

Jan 25th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The morning will be presented by Craig Ross, C. Psych 

Sometimes the most complex of problems actually have the simplest of solutions—they just are not obvious when you are in the middle of a crisis.  Through discussion of learning principles, information processing, diagnostic overlap and trauma-informed care, this session aims to guide service providers on a path of inquiry that may help to “simplify” complex cases.  Composite case histories will be used to facilitate discussion and to provide examples of the inquiry process.

The afternoon will be presented by Jared Berman, C. Psych 

Learn through case example how to apply a trauma-informed care approach in a residential setting for youth with complex mental health concerns, and often traumatic histories. The focus will be on working directly with youth, caregivers, families as well as frontline staff and other mental health professionals, to develop individualized assessment and treatment plans.

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