Foster care, High Risk Adolescents, Treatment complex trauma

Treating Chronically Traumatized Children: Don’t let sleeping dogs lie!

Arianne Struik is a clinical psychologist who works with traumatised Indigenous children in remote parts of Australia on a fly in/fly out(FIFO) basis. She presented a paper entitled Treating Chronically Traumatized Children: Don’t let sleeping dogs lie at the Australian Psychology Society (APS) Conference last year.

The APS has released a video of her presentation at the cost of only $25.00 (it runs for about 35 minutes).

Her video may be of interest to two types of Practitioners: clinicians and foster carers/resi-workers.

For clinicians, she provides some excellent strategies for working with children in the child protection system who either deny the abuse or otherwise refuse to enter treatment. The fact that she offers a FIFO service is remarkable! Her book of the same name and website provide additional material that clinicians might find useful (see below).

For Practitioners who manage foster carers or resi-carers, the video provides an excellent overview of trauma theory and would be an ideal activity or topic for a staff meeting or, alternatively, as part of a wider staff development program. Foster carers and resi-workers might be interested in the way she incorporates foster carers and/or resi-workers into the treatment process.

Clinicians may also be interested in her book – Treating Chronically Traumatized Children: Don’t let sleeping dogs lie! – available at Amazon for $48.19.

More information on Arianne Struik and her approach can be found on her website.

About graemembaird

I am a psychologist with a special interest in improving the outcomes of families, children and young people in the Out of Home Care and Juvenile Justice systems.
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