Self Care Evaluation – How am I doing? By Joanna Nicholson, MA, RCC Most parents and caregivers have experienced a recent increase in stress. COVID-19 has impacted our world and our families as we have all had to make significant changes to our daily lives. In addition to increased stress, most people are experiencing a decrease in the activities which help them manage stress. Due to current social/physical distancing requirements, many of the things that we enjoy such as social …

Interventions to Help Traumatized Children Succeed in Education by Angela Murphy, School Psychologist, BCASP #370, MEd., BEd. Miss Peters was overwhelmed; she had a student, “Jimmy”, who was making it very difficult for her to teach and for others to learn.  She described Jimmy as having extreme behaviours (i.e. verbally and physically aggressive, running away, shutting down sometimes for hours at a time) that seemed to appear out of the nowhere, “one moment he seems fine and within a split …

by Elina Falk, MC., RCC What is he trying to do? Helping your child heal by supporting the intention behind the troubling behaviour. Suzie is always trying to get people’s attention.  Jonathan is an escape artist and can open any child-proof lock.  Peter is as quiet and unobtrusive as possible. On the face of it, it might not seem that these situations have much in common. But in fact, all these children are likely trying to complete their intention to …

This blog post is for members only.  Join our community and gain instant access to practical and evidence based trauma informed resources! To read this post please log in or become a member

Kids, Complex Trauma, and Medication – The Great Debate Continued. by Chuck Geddes, Ph.D. This post will offer some thoughts on the use of psychotropic medications for children and youth with complex trauma histories. This post is a follow-up on my previous post on this topic https://www.complextrauma.ca/complex-trauma-medications/. I’ve had a chance to speak to some child psychiatrists and I have also been learning from a webinar series on Psychopharmacology and Trauma hosted by Dr. Bruce Perry and the Child Trauma Academy. …

This blog post is for members only. Join our community and gain instant access to practical and evidence based trauma informed resources! To read this post please log in or become a member.

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 push them if they refused to let him play in their games. The school personnel were clearly frustrated and hoped that Karen could offer some …

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 the basic behaviors of most animals, they decided that all the students should take all of the subjects. The duck proved to be excellent at …

This blog post is for members only. Join our community and gain instant access to practical and evidence based trauma informed resources! To read this post please log in or become a member.

Compassion and Shame: When Your Best Interventions Seem to Backfire Little Lisa is sometimes crazed with fury and hatred and often directs this toward her foster mom, Susan. Susan has been learning a lot about shame and connection so she understands that Lisa is lashing out at her because she fears being hurt and being rejected. She recognizes that her behavior is an expression of her underlying needs and fears and therefore, Susan now knows she needs to respond to …

This blog post is for members only.  Join our community and gain instant access to practical and evidence based trauma informed resources! To read this post please log in or become a member.

Complex Trauma and Medications by Chuck Geddes, Ph.D. This post will offer some thoughts on the use of psychotropic medications for children and youth with complex trauma histories.  In a previous post, Complex Trauma and Assessment {https://www.complextrauma.ca/complex-trauma-assessment/ }, I wrote about a young boy named David and how typical psychiatric assessment processes resulted in him receiving seven different diagnoses to describe the variety of emotional and behavioural challenges he was exhibiting.  Our premise is that this assessment and diagnostic process …