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Invisible Trauma: The Trauma We Carry With Us Everyday

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Working and/or living with traumatized children is challenging, rewarding, and replete with difficulties.

Traumatized Children's Emotions

Traumatized children have often internalized a “negative mental representation” of themselves, of caretakers, and of the world and then reenact this negative blueprint with their families, foster families, or foster-adoptive families. This may then elicit strong reactions from these caregivers.

Intense transference and counter-transference responses are likely to be displayed between the traumatized child and the caregivers. Understanding these responses is paramount to successfully maintain the placement of difficult children.

Interventions That Work

This workshop describes and addresses the most commonly observed transference and counter-transference issues in working and/or living with traumatized children. Multiple interventions are also described. 

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