By Magna Systems
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This series examines traumatic experience during childhood – how to identify it, how to understand it, and how to respond to it in supportive ways. This comprehensive videotape series presents the latest information on childhood trauma and its causes and effects.
Trauma in childhood can cause a variety of physical and emotional problems for both children and adults, creating a need for intervention and support. This series provides caregivers, teachers, health care providers, and others with observational criteria for identifying traumatic behavior in children and with techniques for intervention.
What is Childhood Trauma?
There are sixteen to twenty million children and adolescents currently at risk for developing trauma-related problems. These problems include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, failure at school, susceptibility to victimization and abuse, and criminality. Many healthcare systems, teachers, and caregivers are only now beginning to recognize and address the problem. This program presents an overview of the effects of childhood trauma on the individual and on society.
Program segments include the Range of Trauma , Survival Potential, Traumatic Memory, Self Esteem, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addressing Trauma, Adult Trauma, and Trauma and Society. Particular emphasis is given to the criteria that define Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder including hyper-vigilance, hyper-reactivity, and dissociation.
Significant Event Childhood Trauma
Sometimes a single significant event can cause trauma in the life of a child. Such events include the death of a parent or sibling, parental divorce, violence, and natural disasters. If not addressed, significant-event childhood trauma will negatively affect normal and healthy childhood development. Typical effects of trauma are the alarm state, re-experiencing, emotional memory, avoidance, and dissociation. Effective intervention involves openness and honesty, nurturance, and the frank discussion of details.
Program segments include Significant Event Trauma Effects, Targeting Resources, In the Classroom, Divorce, Single Parents, Addiction, Violence, and Intervention. Over time and with compassionate care and intervention children can recover from a traumatic childhood event and be better prepared for similar losses and trauma later in life.
The Brain: Effects of Childhood Trauma
Trauma in childhood can have devastating effects on the developing brain. Current research confirms that trauma can activate various systems in the brain that actually change neuron response and cognitive pathways. Children that experience on-going high levels of arousal due to trauma will develop systems in their brains that cause them to be constantly hyper-aroused and hyper-vigilant. These changes can result in severe problems for children, adolescents, and adults in learning ability, mood, bonding, and attachment, and in problem-solving.
This program offers caregivers, teachers, and health-care providers suggestions for avoiding and dealing with damage to the brain from emotional trauma, with primary emphasis being placed on prevention and timely intervention.
Identifying and Responding to Trauma in Ages 0-5 Years Old
Trauma in the life of children from birth to five years of age has a profound impact, which intensifies the need for early identification and intervention. Young children are either pre-verbal or inexperienced with verbal language and consequently are unable to adequately express their thoughts and feelings or describe threatening life events. In order to understand a child’s behavior and plan for care and intervention it is necessary for the caregiver, teacher, or health care provider to determine the child’s history and emotional state from other sources.
Segments in this program include Determining the Trauma, Guidelines for Caregivers, Non-verbal Interaction, Significant Loss, Dissociating, Being an Example, and Acceptance. Particular emphasis is given to a discussion on how caregivers and teachers can intervene to build trust and provide guidance, predictability, and support.
Identifying and Responding to Trauma in Ages 6 to Adolescence
Older children suffering from the effects of emotional trauma are frequently misdiagnosed as having Attention Deficit Disorder or Chronic Depression. Misdiagnosed characteristics of trauma are typically sex related, with boys who are hyperactive and act-out and girls who dissociate and withdraw. An accurate assessment of the problem is critical to the success of intervention. Common trauma-related problems for adolescents also include learning difficulties, test anxiety, difficulty in forming relationships, difficulty with authority figures, substance abuse, acquiescence to abuse, and violent behavior. Since teachers spend so much time with this age group, this program specifically targets teachers to help them form positive attachments and offer concrete help to their students. Sample guidelines include being respectful, giving positive reinforcement, investing quality time and attention, being consistent, and building honest relationships.
Domestic Violence and Childhood Trauma
The connection between trauma in childhood and domestic violence later in life is obvious to Jane Middleton-Moz, a relationship and trauma expert featured in this program. She states “Children who experience domestic violence grow up learning to stuff feelings and emotions. They go through the world in a deep freeze, and have whole parts of themselves cut off. In domestic violence, if a partner wasn’t allowed their vulnerability as a child, then as an adult, if that vulnerability is touched, they will act out their anger for them.”
This program also features interviews with Brenda, Tammy, and Jamie, all recovering from the trauma of domestic violence. Brenda tells the story of the loss of her sister who was killed by her husband who then turned the gun on himself, leaving their two pre-school children orphaned. Ms. Middleton-Moz concludes, “To heal, we must validate that pain, and feel safe enough to start releasing it and to acknowledge very strong parts of ourselves that helped us to survive.”
Trauma and Healing
Adults who have suffered trauma in childhood often have difficulty expressing anger. This program features trauma expert Jane Middleton-Moz who states “Anger can be like a balloon. You keep blowing it up until it finally pops, and then only look at the result of the popping. But we also have to look at the blowing up process, which is often the pain and rage caused by childhood trauma.”
This program also features interviews with Vickie, Cynthia, and Curtis, adults recovering from childhood trauma. Curtis, for example, is battling addiction and is beginning to explore the connections between a violent childhood and his current substance-abuse problems. Recovery from childhood trauma ultimately depends on accepting and understanding the original trauma, and then relying on the same survival skills that one had as a child.
Format: DVD's (7)
Number of Minutes: 29 each DVD
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