Building Trust with Children who have been hurt in Relationships.

Daniel Hughes, Ph.D.

Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021, 2 to 4 pm EST

When young children have been hurt in relationships with their original caregivers, they develop a defensive approach to new relationships where their hypervigilance leads to a mistrustful stance in which they are not receptive to reciprocal engagements, comfort, or joint experiences of joy.  Interventions based on attachment and intersubjectivity will be presented to demonstrate how they awaken the child’s sense of safety with their caregivers so that they learn to rely on them for experiences that are crucial for their social-emotional development.

Target Audience:

This presentation will be appropriate across all levels of the system – including those in, social worker field, child welfare, juvenile justice, human services, direct service, administration and support, education, and policymaking.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the seven domains of impairment caused by the complex trauma of childhood.
  • Identify three central features of intersubjectivity that are important for a child’s social and emotional development.
  • Identify the characteristics of PACE that are central in providing a traumatized child with a sense of interpersonal safety and new relational learning.

Recording of presentation: