I’m excited to be speaking at the Trauma Education Association on Strategies for Identifying and Treating Parenting Trauma, a topic I’m passionate about. In my private practice, I focus on parents of kids with special needs or trauma histories. These clients often experience trauma while parenting and they can struggle with depression, anxiety and PTSD symptoms. They also tend to have more challenges in with attachment and relationships then parents of neurotypical kids. Whether you work with parents or their children, this presentation will help you understand how to meet them where they so you can help them find healing or re-engage in their child’s treatment.
This training was scheduled to take place in Grapevine, Texas but because of the COVID-19 pandemic it will be held on Facebook Live. That means therapists from around the country and globe can join in.
The training will begin at 11:45 CST on Friday, April 24th, 2020. You’ll want to join the Facebook group ahead of time so you’re ready when we go live. You can do that here. Make sure you reply going in the event so you won’t miss a moment. At the end of the presentation, you’ll be given instructions to claim your free CEU.
You can find the details about the training, including the overview and objectives, here.
I hope to see you online next Friday. Join the TEA Facebook group today so you’re ready for the training.
While we’re talking about parenting trauma, here are a few of my favorite books on the topic.
Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children by Rita Eichenstein PhD
This book was written by a neuropsychologist and is an excellent resource. Dr. Eichenstien discusses the stages that parents go through along with ways for us to support them. You can read my full review here and you can get your own copy here.
Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian
This book is a great resource for parents. The authors are sisters who are each raising a child with a diagnosis (one has a child with autism and the other has a child with bipolar disorder) and they share their very different ways of coping and coming to grips with their child’s challenges. You can get your copy here.
The Courage to Suffer: A New Clinical Framework for Life’s Greatest Crises by Daryl R. Van Tongeren and Sara A. Showalter Van Tongeren
This book is perfect if you’re working with parents who are coping with ongoing challenges like parenting a child with special needs or ongoing behavioral issues. They give a framework for the grief these parents walk through and explain the therapy tasks for each. You can read my full review here and get your own copy here.
Many therapists enjoy recommending books to their clients to supplement the work they are doing together. We also use books to help ourselves grow as people and practitioners. Remember though that books are never a replacement for real human connection or for therapy when it’s needed. If you find yourself needing a therapist, a great place to start is Psychology Today. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.