This presentation by Dr. Janae B. Weinhold, Developmental Trauma: The Game Changer in the Mental Health Profession, was given at the 41st Winter Symposium in Colorado Springs. It was given on January 25, 2015 and is available free to those interested in learning more about this topic.
Her presentation chronicles the history of developmental trauma as an emerging force in psychotherapy. It shows the process that Bessel van de Kolk and his team or researchers made to get developmental trauma disorder into the new DSM-5. It makes for an interesting but disturbing story of how gate-keepers are preventing further application of the extensive research that has been conducted on developmental trauma disorder.
Janae’s presentation contains an overview of the over 20 years of clinical research on developmental by the Weinholds. It makes a compelling case for the mental health profession to take a long look at this diagnostic category and how they can begin to apply the research finding in their practice.