Yesterday I had the pleasure to hear again (but this time for the entire day!) clinician, researcher, author, and internationally recognized authority on childhood trauma, Dr. Bruce Perry who was in Cleveland as the keynote speaker for the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center‘s Power of Prevention event in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Below are my Top 10 favorite topics and concepts (in no particular order) that Dr. Perry spoke about throughout the day to address the Impact of Trauma and Neglect on the Developing Child, as well as some links to his writings online or video associated with the content:
- The Brain Matters
- Sensory based “bottom up regulation”
- Repetitive, Rhythmic, Patterned Behavior
- Relational enrichment / Relational impoverished
- Response caregiving: Present, attentive, attuned, responsive
- Attachment is a memory: “the present is filtered through the past”
- Differential “state” reactivity
- Be present, parallel, patient: Dr. Perry’s “three Ps” that are essential for all those working with traumatized youth
- Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
Dr. Perry’s three sessions and his examples were so very inspiring, validating, and enriching. I really enjoyed the amount of time we were able to spend with Dr. Perry to learn in person about his experiences, research, and his considerations for best practices when working with and meeting the complex needs of traumatized children.
I also enjoyed seeing the amount of attendees and agencies who came out for this day (300+ locally and from out of town), who are also interested in learning more about trauma informed work. There was also a good representation of art therapists who attended- Yay!
For more information on Dr. Perry’s work, additional resources, and training check out The Child Trauma Academy website at www.childtrauma.org.