Greetings and welcome to our CTR blog. We plan to highlight key aspects of our work with maltreated and traumatized children and hope to stimulate some discussion and joint learning.

By Dr. Chuck Geddes Why is this new focus so important? For those of us who work with troubled children and youth it is obvious that their lives have been filled with difficult relationships, traumatic events, and high levels of stress.  So why is this relatively new focus on complex trauma and trauma-informed practice so …

Disconnect to Connect By Angela Murphy How many of us remember the story of Josh and his parents? Once when I was visiting a family, the 12-year old adopted son *Josh, took me to his room to show me his game.  Within a 5-minute time span I saw his very real looking character smoke marijuana, …

Signature Strengths By Dr. Kirk Austin Michael was in trouble again. The school had called Karen, the foster parent, to report his “bullying” behavior on the playground. In speaking to the principal, Karen learned that Michael had been playing aggressively with the other children. As others had reported, Michael would yell at other kids and …

The Great Disconnect by David Brown As a professional clinician, I have been ruminating on the possibility that as therapists and other forms of helpers, we often deny our own embedded emotional pain, trauma, shame and vulnerability.  I think we often will use our professional role as a basis for deciding that our best course …

The Value of PACE in Parenting by Lisa Frede Have you noticed that “parenting as usual” seems to be backfiring with your child? Do you have a child that retaliates with rage and aggression to traditional discipline? Rather than using conventional behavior modification strategies which may trigger rejection and shame (and the big behaviors that …

What Kind of Smart are You?  Understanding Multiple Intelligences By Dr. Kirk Austin Once upon a time the animals decided they had to do something decisive to meet the increasing complexity of their society. They held a meeting and decided to organize a school. The curriculum consisted of running, swimming and flying. Since these were …

 

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