1. Understand the effects of trauma and neglect from a neurodevelopmental perspective.
2. Identify signs and symptoms of trauma and neglect in young children.
3. Learn new strategies for care, program development and policy as related to developmental trauma.
The development of a young child is profoundly influenced by experiences. Experiences – good and bad – shape the organization of the brain which ultimately impacts emotional, social, cognitive and physiological functioning. Insights into this process come from understanding brain development. Trauma and neglect, which is the absence of essential developmental experiences required to express the fundamental potential of a child, are both pervasive problems in our culture. Similarly, chaos, threat and abnormal patterns of emotional, social, cognitive and physical interactions with young children lead to an array of brain-related problems with life-long implications for mental and physical health. This presentation will review clinical work and research that can help us better experience and then suggest new directions for clinical practice, program development and policy