The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children

The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC), located in Agnes Water Queensland, Australia, provides training, supervision, consultation, and research on the treatment of chronically traumatized children and their families. The ICTC provides fly-in-fly-out trauma treatment for chronically traumatized children in Australia and New Zealand.
The director of the ICTC, Arianne Struik, developed the Sleeping Dogs® method, an award-winning treatment to engage resistant children who are not motivated and difficult to engage. The Sleeping Dogs method is described in Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2019).
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The Sleeping Dogs method is a treatment to engage resistant and not motivated children into trauma-focused treatment. It consists of tools to analyse the child’s circumstances and possible barriers to treatment. The customised treatment plan consists of practical interventions to overcome the identified barriers, support trauma processing and integration. Sleeping Dogs treatment can consist of work with the child’s biological family, caregivers, residential staff, foster care workers, the child protection worker and therapists. Sessions with the child are reduced to the minimum. Order now via Amazon

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16 th of November 2021 online

Sleeping DogsWorkshop: Treating Chronically Traumatized Children. The Sleeping Dogs method
By Arianne Struik

Description
The Sleeping Dogs method is a trauma treatment for children who were severely and chronically traumatized in early childhood. Many chronically traumatized children do not receive adequate treatment. They can refuse to participate in therapy or become very aggressive, avoidant or dissociate when the trauma is mentioned. Some children just never talk about is and it seems they have forgotten. It is difficult to know where to start, often it is advised to focus on symptom management and behaviour, rather than trying to address the trauma, out of fear to ‘wake up sleeping dogs’ and dysregulate or upset the child. It is thought the child will start talking about his traumatic memories when he is ready, but children rarely do without help, and if the trauma is not addressed, these ‘sleeping dogs’ (traumatic memories) damage the child’s development in all areas.

These children, who are called ‘resistant’ or ‘not motivated’ usually have good reasons not to engage, such as unsafety, instability in daily life, unsafe attachment relationships, lack of emotion regulation skills and negative core beliefs. The Sleeping Dogs method analyses these barriers systematically and then provides a structure to address and remove these barriers so the child becomes able to engage in a form of trauma processing such as EMDR or TF-CBT. The Sleeping Dogs method describes interventions to support the child and prevent it from dropping out and afterwards address the consequences of developmental trauma. Interventions can be done with the child, caregivers or biological parents and because the child is reluctant to engage, the caregivers, residential staff, parents, foster care workers, or child protection workers are also part of treatment in trying to engage the child. The structure of the Sleeping Dogs method can also guide decision-making by child protection services around disclosures, safety, contact arrangements with biological parents, contact between foster parents and biological parents, and reunification.

In this practical one-day workshop the Sleeping Dogs method is explained and illustrated with case examples and video material. The theory will be explained in straightforward language and participants practice the use of the method their own cases.

Who is this workshop for?
Professionals, psychologists, family therapists, social workers, residential staff, foster care workers and caseworkers in child protection, who work with chronically traumatized children and their families.

Practical issues
Date: 16 th of November 2021 9.00-4.00 pm Amsterdam/Copenhagen/Stockholm time online
Costs: 260 AUD (170 euro) including the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2019) in English or Danish

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The ICTC uses Tickettailor for registration and payment. Multiple participants can be registered. After payment you will receive an email with your receipt.You can pay with creditcard via Stripe or Paypal, and with Applepay. You can also pay with IDEAL via Paypal. You will have to setup a free Paypay account and verify this account.
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Introduction video Treating chronical traumatized children The Sleeping Dogs method


Arianne StruikArianne Struik is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and EMDR consultant, originally from the Netherlands. She worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for twenty-two years as a clinical psychologist and program director with children living at home, in foster care and residential care. She moved to Australia and became director of The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC) from which she provides specialized trauma treatment in remote areas, as well as workshops, training, supervision and research. She developed the award-winning Sleeping Dogs method, described in the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children and teaches internationally on the treatment of trauma and dissociation in children. She is member of the ESTD Child and Adolescent Committee and the Australian Psychological Society EMDR Interest Group national committee.

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Recorded Webinar April

Treating Chronically Traumatized Children.
The Sleeping Dogs method
By Arianne Struik


Who should attend?

This workshop is intended for mental health professionals who work with children and their family (private practitioners or clinicians working in organizations, child protection workers, residential staff or foster care workers). This workshop can assist organizations such as residential facilities, Foster Care, Child Protection or Mental Health Services with implementing trauma-informed and trauma-focused treatment. Although the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy will be discussed, training in EMDR is not required. Other forms of therapy to use with this method will also be discussed (play therapy, CBT, art therapy,....).

Workshop Description
The Sleeping Dogs method is a trauma treatment for children ages zero to 18 who were severely and chronically traumatized in early childhood, for whom ‘standard’ trauma treatment is not possible and every other therapy fails or the child refuses to participate or is not motivated. The Sleeping Dogs method is always combined with a treatment to process traumatic memories such as EMDR or TF-CBT.

Many chronically traumatized children do not receive adequate treatment. They can refuse to participate in therapy or become very aggressive or dissociate when the trauma is mentioned. Clinicians do not know where to start because the child is so severe and chronically traumatized. It is often then advised to focus on symptom management and behaviour but to wait until the child starts talking about his traumatic memories out of fear to ‘wake up sleeping dogs’. However, children rarely do and the child’s ‘sleeping dogs’ (traumatic memories) damage the child’s development in all areas.

These children, who are called ‘resistant’ or ‘not motivated’ usually have good reasons not to engage, such as unsafety, instability in daily life, unsafe attachment relationships, lack of emotion regulation skills and negative core beliefs. The Sleeping Dogs method analyses these barriers systematically and then draw up a treatment plan with interventions to remove these barriers so the child becomes able to engage in EMDR or TF-CBT. The Sleeping Dogs method describes interventions to support the child and prevent it from dropping out and afterwards address the consequences of developmental trauma. Interventions can be done with the child, caregivers or biological parents and because the child is reluctant to engage, the interventions can even be done by caregivers, residential staff, parents, foster care workers, or child protection workers to try and engage the child.

The Sleeping Dogs methods also guides decision-making by child protection services around disclosures, safety, contact arrangements with biological parents, contact between foster parents and biological parents, and reunification. Child protection or youth care workers can assess the child’s development, health and wellbeing and plan interventions for improvement with the Sleeping Dogs method.

In this practical workshop the Sleeping Dogs method is explained and illustrated with case examples and video material. The theory will be explained in straightforward language and participants practice the use of the method their own cases.

Learning Objectives
Participants will learn about the Sleeping Dogs Method and will be able to apply it to their clinical cases.
Participants will be able to identify when the use of the Sleeping Dogs Method is appropriate.
Participants will be able to identify all potential barriers for chronically traumatized children to commence with therapy.
Participants will be able to make a structured assessment of the potential barriers for their cases with the Sleeping Dogs method.
Participants will learn to analyze cases by using the Barriers Form to discover possible reasons why the child is resistant.
Participants will be able to identify the necessary elements of the treatment plan to overcome the barriers for their cases.
Participants will learn how to stabilize children and adolescents as quickly as possible so they can start processing those traumatic memories.
Participants will learn how to involve family members, even when they have abused or neglected the child and may have little or no contact with them, and when reunification is no option.

Practical things
Duration:
10 hours
Costs: 250 AUD ex GST including the e-book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2019)

ticket Australian customers (with GST)

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The ICTC uses Tickettailor for registration and payment. You can pay via Stripe or Paypal and with Applepay. Multiple participants can be registerd at the same time. After payment you will receive a receipt and a link to the recording and handouts that is valid for two months.
You can also pay with IDEAL via Paypal. You will have to setup a free Paypay account and verify this account.
English link for paypal


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Arianne Struik is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and EMDR practitioner and consultant, originally from the Netherlands. She worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for twenty-two years as a clinical psychologist and program director. She moved to Australia and became director of The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC) from which she provides specialized trauma treatment in remote areas, as well as workshops, training, supervision and research. She developed the award-winning Sleeping Dogs method, described in the second edition of the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2019) and teaches internationally on the treatment of trauma and dissociation in children. She is member of the European ISSTD Child and Adolescent Committee and convener of the Australian Psychological Society EMDR Interest Group

Recorded Webinar (October 2020)
Treating preverbal trauma in infants, children and adults with EMDR
By Arianne Struik

Who should attend?
This webinar is intended for clinicians who are trained in EMDR, experiences in the use of the EMDR basis protocol and have knowledge of the Storytelling EMDR protocol.

Workshop Description
To process traumatic memories with the EMDR basic protocol clients need to be able to tell you about their experiences. However, clients can also experience traumatizing situations at a very young age, such as abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, neglect but also painful medical procedures, hospitalization, accidents. Those traumatizing experiences are then stored in a different way and can be expressed in physical and sensory sensations, feelings, sounds, smells or images. When these experiences cannot be consciously recalled and verbalized, this is called preverbal trauma. Also, clients with an intellectual disability, who function at a lower developmental level, can store trauma preverbally.

Clients who experienced preverbal trauma can display symptoms, such as anger, oppositional behavior, depression, emptiness, anxiety and hypervigilance, pain, sexualized behavior, and dissociation. Young children and infants can have problems with sleeping or eating or their attachment can be disturbed.

These symptoms can be related to those preverbal experiences and when that is suspected, those experiences need to be processed in order to overcome those symptoms. In 1999 Joan Lovett developed the Storytelling protocol to access and process these preverbal memories with EMDR. Over the years Storytelling has been widely used and further developed. Arianne Struik has been using EMDR with infants, children and adults for twenty years and she will share her experiences in this workshop.

This workshop will address the use of EMDR with preverbal trauma in infants and young children, in older children and in adults. Arianne Struik will discuss topics such as:

  • What is known about preverbal trauma and about the use of EMDR?
  • What is the impact of preverbal trauma?
  • How to decide whether to use EMDR for preverbal traumatic memories and deal with dilemma’s?
  • What are prerequisites for this treatment?
  • How to structure the sessions, who is present?
  • How can EMDR be used with very young children and infants with preverbal trauma and how can parents become co-therapists
  • Can this be done online?
  • How to choose a target and process chronic preverbal trauma
  • How to develop the narrative and what if it is unclear what the client has experienced?
  • Which form of bilateral stimulation can be used?
  • How to assess if the preverbal trauma is activated, what to expect?
  • What to do when clients have strong (physical) abreactions or dissociate?
  • How often is the same narrative used?
  • How can understanding the steps from the basic EMDR protocol be helpful in processing preverbal trauma in clients?

This webinar is an interactive presentation and participants are encouraged to ask questions and share topics for discussion.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will have an understanding of the state of the art on preverbal trauma
  • Participants will be able to identify potential preverbal trauma in clients
  • Participants will be able to process preverbal trauma with EMDR
  • Participants will learn to handle situations where clients have strong (physical) abreactions or dissociate?

Practical things
Duration:
5,5 hours
Costs: 100 AUD ex GST

ticket Australian customers (with GST)

ticket Customers from other countries (no GST) For US and Canada see Envision

The ICTC uses Tickettailor for registration and payment. You can pay via Stripe or Paypal and with Applepay. Multiple participants can be registerd at the same time.
After payment you will receive a receipt and a link to the recording and handouts that is valid for two months.

You can also pay with IDEAL via Paypal. You will have to setup a free Paypay account and verify this account.
English link for paypal


Information/inquiries:

Arianne Struik is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and EMDR practitioner and consultant, originally from the Netherlands. She worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for twenty-two years as a clinical psychologist and program director. She moved to Australia and became director of The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC) from which she provides specialized trauma treatment in remote areas, as well as workshops, training, supervision and research. She developed the award-winning Sleeping Dogs method, described in the second edition of the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2019) and teaches internationally on the treatment of trauma and dissociation in children. She is member of the European ISSTD Child and Adolescent Committee and the Australian Psychological Society EMDR Interest Group.

Recorded webinar
Troubleshooting when using EMDR online
From 21 April 2020

 

Webinar description
In the past months many clinicians have been trying to deliver EMDR therapy from home and online. Many webinars have covered the basics of how to do that, but the reality can be more challenging. This webinar addresses more advanced questions such as: What if a client does not want to continue with EMDR online, how can I convince them? What to do when a client has an abreaction? How to manage risk of dissociation during EMDR? How can we do EMDR online with children? Can we do EMDR with preverbal trauma and very young children and infants online? The presentation is illustrated with video’s demonstrating EMDR online.

Arianne Struik is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and EMDR practitioner and consultant, originally from the Netherlands. She worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for twenty-two years as a clinical psychologist and program director. She moved to Australia and became director of The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC) from which she provides specialized trauma treatment in remote areas, as well as workshops, training, supervision and research.

She developed the award-winning Sleeping Dogs method, described in the second edition of the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2019) and teaches internationally on the treatment of trauma and dissociation in children. She is member of the European ISSTD Child and Adolescent Committee and a member of the Australian Psychological Society EMDR Interest Group national committee.

Practical things
Duration:
2 hours
Costs:
49,99 AUD ex GST

ticket Australian customers (with GST)

ticket Customers from other countries (no GST) For US and Canada see Envision

The ICTC uses Tickettailor for registration and payment. You can pay via Stripe or Paypal and with Applepay. Multiple participants can be registerd at the same time. After payment you will receive a receipt and a link to the recording and handouts that is valid for two months.
You can also pay with IDEAL via Paypal. You will have to setup a free Paypay account and verify this account.
English link for paypal


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Results of implementation Sleeping Dogs
Kompaan and de Bocht 2016

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