This workshop will describe how to recognize and increase the adaptive potential hidden in the symptoms of trauma. Focusing on the original function of the psychological short-cuts can clarify their role. This can promote alternate means of reaching this goal. Such a strength-based formulation of trauma respects the power of learning in childhood: traumatized individuals are seen as actively attempting to protect themselves (rather than seen as malfunctioning after being damaged). Further, it gives individuals a more active role in resolving their symptoms, thus lowering the risk of symptom substitution.
Another aspect of the DMM perspective on trauma is the complex understanding of cross-generational transmission, in which one generation's experience of danger can unintentionally lead to the opposite sort of danger in the next generation, creating a complex cycle of trauma. Ways to prevent this cycle, especially for boys who may become violent and for professionals who may inadvertently augment children's psychological trauma, will be discussed.
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