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Crossover Youth: Understanding Complex Trauma, Attachment, and Adolescent Development

  • London Family Court Clinic 254 Pall Mall Street London, ON, N6A 5P6 Canada (map)

This workshop will support professionals to better understand the impact of ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’. Children and youth who witness abuse, or who themselves are abused often develop internalizing and/or externalizing behaviours. Current research has identified that a number of children in the care of child protection agencies frequently crossover into our youth justice (YJ) systems. Children and youth in the YJ system are often labeled as “uncooperative”, “oppositional”, or simply “bad”. 

This workshop reframes “uncooperative” and “oppositional” behaviour as inaccurate labeling and offers a more helpful trauma-informed lens. Children and youth who experience either maltreatment or exposure to violence in their families of origin are twice as likely to report emotional, cognitive and behavioural dysregulation – a common response to developmental trauma. This training will assist professionals to identify trauma and attachment as a driver of externalizing behaviours. This workshop is intended to support reflective practice and to encourage front line workers to respond rather than react to youth’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviours as they face challenges which require resiliency and safer coping skills.

Registration fee: $45.00

This workshop is ideal for:

This workshop is designed for health professionals, including psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, psychiatrists, school counsellors, student wellbeing officers, doctors, nurses, OTs, youth workers, and outreach workers.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the workshop, participants will;

  • Understand the systemic drivers driving the flow of children and youth from child protective services into the youth justice system;   

  • Be able to identify specific trauma responses/adaptions among youth who have a history of physical, sexual and emotional abuse in childhood; 

  • Understand attachment as a driver of emotional regulation and distress tolerance; 

  • Understand the value and the challenge of building therapeutic alliance with children and youth; 

  • Understand fight, flight, and freeze responses;  

  • Know the difference between stabilization skills, containment, and exposure therapy.

Workshop Facilitator