Archive | Developmental Trauma

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Are You a Trauma-Informed Therapist?

Professional organizations, national credentialing agencies, and university educational programs are not producing trauma-informed therapists. The curriculum endorsed by the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and most higher education institutions lack foundational training in traumatology, both “event” trauma and “developmental/complex” trauma that examines the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on […]

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Are You Attachment-Informed?

If you’re a therapist, are you attachment-informed? Therapists need to know about the attachment research of Mary Main and her colleagues at UC-Berkley. If you’re a client, are you attachment informed? Given that effective psychotherapy is all about “the relationship,” both therapists and clients need to be attachment-informed. So here are some attachment basics. Mary Main […]

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Developmental Trauma: A Gift or a Curse?

Childhood adversities involving developmental trauma can become personal game-changers. They can set you on a transformational journey that shifts you from being a broken, unworthy Victim and into a conscious, grateful Victor. It’s up to you to make meaning of these experiences, and to write your own story about them. You are the person who […]

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Healing Developmental Trauma in Children

Healing developmental trauma in children is possible. We know this because Janae has also trained many clinicians, childcare providers and early childhood educators to heal developmental trauma in the children that they work with. And we also have helped each other heal the “inner child” inside us. Developmental trauma describes a spectrum of parent-child experiences involving energetic disconnects in […]

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Our Research on Developmental Trauma

We began our heuristic research on developmental trauma just after our marriage in 1984. During this period, Janae was working on her doctorate degree in psychology and Barry was working on the manuscript for Breaking Family Patterns. In our first joint writing projects, we began creating a systemic model to help us understand the impact of early developmental issues […]

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Preventing Developmental Trauma

Preventing Developmental Trauma By definition, developmental shock, trauma, and stress are inflicted on infants and children unconsciously and most often without malicious intent by adult caregivers who are unaware of children’s social and emotional needs. Infants and children require energetic attunement; skin-to-skin, eye-to-eye, and right brain-to-right brain contact; kind and comforting words; and protection and […]

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Developmental Trauma Becomes A Controversial Political Issue

Researchers in children’s mental health have typically focused on more acute early-life interpersonal events that involve sexual or physical abuse, war, community violence. These traumatic and shocking experiences often occur within the child’s care-giving system by parents, relatives or childcare providers, and often include physical, emotional, and educational neglect and child maltreatment. So What’s the Controversy? It’s […]

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The Long-Term Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Barry K. Weinhold, Ph.D. If you ever wondered how adverse childhood experiences might affect adult physical health, then you will be interested in these research findings.  In 1995, Kaiser Permanente surveyed 17,000 adults from Southern California where they found significant correlations between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and adult physical health problems. They found that the more […]

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What is Developmental Trauma?

Developmental trauma is caused by energetic disconnects between the child and mother during the first year of a child’s life. More severe disconnects can be classified as developmental shock, and less severe disconnects as developmental stress. Developmental trauma and developmental shock significantly disrupt children’s cognitive, neurological and psychological development and their ability to trust and attach to adult caregivers. […]

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