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 …

 

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