Healing Children Trauma. Children and families in the search of authenticity in therapy

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Course active from 28 September 2023 to 29 September 2023
  • 14 training hours
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  •  Certificate of attendance

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The active participation and the voice of children has been quite neglected in the field of psychotherapy all over the world. The aim of this Masterclass is to give a central role to children, not merely as problems & symptoms to be labeled and medicated or as victims of various forms of abuse. At the contrary, children who have been suffering life adversities can show their resilience and become therapeutic resources for themselves as well as being guides in exploring family wounds and still open intergenerational traumas. This orientation in dealing with children’s trauma is very much needed today in a toxic society where problems have to be fixed quickly and there is no room for the search of authenticity and humanity as healing factors.

In this Masterclass, many relevant issues in the area of children’s trauma will be addressed by world- known  experts such as: Gabor Maté, Ed Tronick, Wai Yung Lee, Maurizio Andolfi, John Rolland, Paris Goodyear Brown and Peter Rober.


Learning objectives

  1. Understand the main principles of the MultiGenerational Family Therapy model and the bottom-up approach in dealing with trauma in children.
  2. Recognize the dynamic between the needs of attachment and the needs of authenticity in child development. Reflect on how much a child can lose his own self by pleasing significant adults in the family.
  3. Learning how infants, while lacking language and symbols, can make meanings of themselves in relation to the world.
  4. Learning how to care for the whole family while dealing with children’s illness and disability
  5. Learning the core components of the Trauma Play model and the need to actively involve parents in child treatment.
  6. Learning how to amplify children’s voice in treating inter-parental conflicts and to transform child role reversal.
  7. Learning how to develop an inner supervisor in dealing with families challenged by trauma.


Each session will be recorded and will be available on-demand. You will find it available in your Reserved Area and you can follow it as many times as you like for 12 months from the date of purchase. From desktop, tablet, smartphone.



Thursday 28 September 2023

The bottom-up approach in Multigenerational Family Therapy. The child as the family guide

Maurizio Andolfi, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm CEST (Click here to see your time zone)

The idea of the child as a therapeutic resource has been absent from the main theoretical models and in family therapy the child has been seen mainly as a problem to be labeled or as a victim of different forms of abuse. In this presentation,  the main reasons that brought to the “betrayal of the child” will be explained and   a pathway to move from child protection to child respect will be indicated. 

Seeing the problem-child as a main resource in family  therapy   has been an idea that Maurizio Andolfi and his school developed from the 90’s and his role as a consultant  was well described in the book “Please Help me With This Family” (1994). In order to establish a special alliance with the child, it is necessary to reframe his symptoms instead of labeling them and to find a relational meaning for his problems as soon as possible.  Once his voice is heard and his relational competence appreciated , the child  can become a special guide to enter  the emotional world of his family. With his genuine help  relevant family events (losses, hostile divorces, betrayals, secrets, abuses, cut-offs, forced migrations, chronic diseases, gambling, additions etc.) can be explored.  The genogram is the map of the family world and provides a wonderful platform to start this therapeutic journey. Using a multigenerational lens, Andolfi will describe how the therapist can explore family development with a “bottom-up  approach”, asking  the child “intergenerational questions”  which refer to adversities experienced by parents or grandparents in their past history. The results of this intimate journey with the family are evaluated according to two principles :  the resolution of   children’s symptoms/disorders and a deep transformation of family emotional bonds. Both principles need to be satisfied at the end of  treatment and  checked in follows-up sessions. 

Learning objectives:

  • Using the family genogram as  the map of the family world
  • Moving from child protection to child respect
  • Seeing the child as a family guide in therapy
  • Understanding the main elements of the multigenerational approach


The myth of normal. The tension between authenticity and attachment

Gabor Maté, from 4.00pm to 6.00pm CEST (Click here to see your time zone)

Gabor Maté, international trauma expert, in his book “The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture,” states that the most common form of trauma in our society is trauma with a small “t”, that is, the “disconnection from self” to satisfy the attachment needs of our parents. Because this is a largely invisible process, unlike capital “T” trauma, people are often unable to identify how their childhood affected their development.

This process is explored by Maté, by identifying the tension between attachment and authenticity as one of the fundamental elements of the growth and development of the self.

Attachment is the fundamental drive towards proximity, responsiveness and attunement with our caregivers, which develops from infancy and also it influences later stages.

Authenticity is the other basic need: to be true to oneself, to honour our “gut” feelings, to express the emotions we feel.

Maté explains this tension as: “What happens if our attachment needs are endangered by our authenticity, by our connection to what we really feel?”

Maté tells us that the outcome of this tension is predetermined. When a child feels that being true to their sense of self will not be acceptable to a parent, the child will conform in a way that pleases the parent.

In this speech Maté will explore the negative outcomes of denying authenticity, showing the link between inauthenticity and physical illness, depression, addictions and other mental health conditions. However, Dr. Matè will also show us that not all is lost and that we can act with hope.

Thanks to therapy, the development of self-awareness and self-compassion can bring us closer to authenticity. It is possible to re-train the brain and the nervous system to the possibility that both needs, attachment and authenticity, can be satisfied simultaneously in our adult relationships.


How neurosomatic meaning making and reparation of discordant meanings in parent-child interaction engenders social and emotional development

Ed Tronick, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm CEST (Click here to see your time zone)

Though they lack language and symbols, infants make meaning of themselves in relation to the world primarily during interactions with caregivers using embodied neurosomatic systems (e.g., HPAA; cortisol; immune; epigenetics).  Successful meaning making with a caregiver generates a dyadic state of consciousness that leads to both physical and mental growth and development.

However, the process of meaning making is messy. It is characterized by matches and mismatches of meaning between the interactants and reparation to shared meaning.  Reparation is a significant change process resulting in resilience and coping, and a coherent sense of self.

The talk will be illustrated with research from my laboratory and video tapes of infants in interaction.


Friday 29 September 2023

Capturing children’s response to inter-parental conflict and making use of it

Wai Yung Lee, from 9.00am to 11.00am CEST (Click here to see your time zone)

In this presentation, Dr. Wai Yung Lee will introduce her family assessment protocol, which is specifically designed to demonstrate the interconnection between children’s presenting symptoms and the inter-parental dynamic. Furthermore, this protocol is a clinical tool that can be used for therapeutic exploration and treatment. By measuring children’s physiological responses, such as changes in heart rate, peripheral temperature, and skin conductance, in response to inter-parental conflicts, therapists can use these arousal scores to elicit children’s voices during conjoint family sessions and navigate the clinical process. The protocol also allows therapists to access the children’s own resources to alleviate their distress and that of their families.

Learning objectives:

  • Apply the assessment protocol to access children’s resources for therapeutic exploration and treatment 
  • Amplify children’s voices in treating inter-parental conflicts
  • Utilize the assessment and treatment concepts outlined in the protocol to address children’s distress within the family context.


Silences, intuition and the therapist’s reflections: about trauma and family therapy

Peter Rober, from 11.00am to 1.00pm CEST (Click here to see your time zone)

A lot of the therapist’s actions in the process of a family therapy session can be seen as unreflected reactions that are in the first place intuitively and bodily responsive. First there is the other, and immediately there’s our response.  But the therapist is also present in another way in the process: as if it were an epiphenomena of our immediate responsiveness, there is –with some delay- our e and evaluation of our response, and our reflections.  This slower and more distant cognitive activity is in constant tension with our immediate responses; reinforcing them, correcting them, inhibiting them, …  As if we are our own self-supervisor.

In this presentation we will focus on therapeutic work with families challenged by trauma.  The therapist’s dealing with the tension between his/her immediate bodily responsiveness and the cognitive delayed reflections will be the lens with which we look at the main challenges in the process of family therapy with traumas. 

Learning objectives:

  • The participants will learn more about who they are in the session with the family.
  • The participants will learn how important it is to be a critical self-supervisor, without being self-destructive.
  • The participants will learn how specifically when dealing with silences in families challenged by trauma, their presence as a person (who they are in the session) is  crucial.

Introduction to TraumaPlay™: A Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy Model for Treating Traumatized Children

Paris Goodyear-Brown, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm CEST (Click here to see your time zone)

Learn how to use this playful, components-based, evidence-informed treatment with traumatized children and teens. Paris will share her flexible, sequential model, identifying specific treatment goals with corresponding interventions. She will differentiate between trauma treatment goals that are can be accomplished through non-directive methods and goals that are best served by integrating parents as partners, utilizing somatic grounding techniques, cognitive-behavioral play therapy interventions, expressive therapy techniques, dyadic work, and playful ways to complete trauma narrative work. Participants will leave with an expanded toolkit of interventions and a revived sense of excitement about the process. Come prepared to play! 

Learning objectives:

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List the core components of the TraumaPlay model.
  • Describe the three roles of the TraumaPlay therapist.
  • Explain the term “continuum of disclosure” as it applies to children who present with complex trauma and dissociation.


Childhood Illness and Disability: Caring for the Whole Family

John S. Rolland, from 4.00pm to 6.00pm CEST (Click here to see your time zone)

Serious illness and disability in a child or adolescent pose daunting challenges for families. The impact reverberates throughout the family system, affecting all members and their relationships.  Distilling practice principles from his recent book, Rolland’s Family Systems-Illness model offers a guiding framework for therapists to help families navigate the changing landscape in the experience of illness over time.

Practical, resilience-oriented treatment guidelines and skills are provided for meeting key challenges, such as: facilitating age-appropriate communication; living with uncertainty and threatened loss; balancing illness-related dependence with healthy child development and autonomy; resolving parental conflicts; well-sibling issues; developmental disabilities and genetic disorders, treatment adherence issues; decision-making, including palliative care vs. “aggressive” treatment; and preparing for the death and loss of children with terminal illness. Discussion includes timely applications in different clinical settings, including use of preventive family consultations, psychosocial checkups, brief and intensive interventions, and multifamily psychoeducational groups. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand a comprehensive resilience-based family systems model for assessment and clinical intervention with individuals and families facing child and adolescent major health conditions
  • Recognize the significance of life course development, multigenerational themes, and belief systems in childhood illness and disability
  • Describe clinical approaches with common family challenges with child and adolescent illness and disability
  • Learn guidelines for brief and intensive, timely, cost-effective interventions with child and adolescent serious health conditions


Method of use

The course will take place online, on Zoom, on:

  • Thursday 28 September 2023, from 2.00pm to 8.00pm CEST
  • Friday 29 September 2023, from 9.00am  to 6.00pm CEST

Click here to see your time zone

Each session will be recorded and will be available on-demand. You will find it available in your Reserved Area and you can follow it as many times as you like for 12 months from the date of purchase. From desktop, tablet, smartphone.


Maurizio Andolfi

Prof. Maurizio Andolfi is a Child Psychiatrist and internationally renowned Master Family Therapist. He  was a fellow in Social and Community Psychiatry at  Albert...
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Gabor Maté

Renowned speaker and bestselling author, expert on many topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development. His experience includes 20 years of family practice and palliative care.
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Ed Tronick

Ed Tronick

Ed Tronick is a developmental and clinical psychologist. Dr. Tronick is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, and director of the Child...
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Wai Yung Lee

Dr. Wai-Yung Lee, Ph.D., AAMFT Approved Supervisor, is the Clinical Director of the Asian Academy of Family Therapy, the Aitia Family Institute in Shanghai, and Faculty Member of the Minuchin Center...
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Peter Rober

Peter Rober

Peter Rober, PhD is clinical psychologist, family therapist and family therapy trainer at Context -Center for marital and family therapy (UPC KU Leuven, Belgium). He is professor at the Institute for...
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Paris Goodyear-Brown

Paris Goodyear-Brown

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, is the creator of the TraumaPlay™ model, the founder and Clinical Director of Nurture House, and the Executive Director of the...
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John Rolland

John Rolland

John Rolland, MD, MPH is Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Co-Founder and Executive Co-Director, Chicago Center...
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