Teen Trauma: Understanding & Treating Traumatic Stress in Adolescents – Dr Rob Lusk


Date: 15 November 2021

Time: 16:00 – 23:00 BST

Location: Live via Zoom and On-Demand

Approved for 6 CPD credits

Sold By: Essential Therapy Training



  • Introduction
  • Psychological Trauma in Adolescents: Definition, Concepts, Types & Effects
  • Trauma-Informed Assessment of Adolescents
  • Neurobiological Factors in Traumatized Adolescents
  • Dissociation in Adolescents
  • Evidence-Based Trauma Treatments for Adolescents
  • Stages of Trauma-Focused Treatment
    Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): The “Gold Standard” in Trauma Treatment for Adolescents*
  • Domains of Trauma Treatment in Stage One: The 24/7 Framework
  • Case Example: Introduction
  • The Physiology Domain
  • Case Example: Physiology Domain
    The Relationship Domain
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Applying Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™ to Stage One
  • Building Empathy
    Case Example: Emotional Regulation Domain
    Cognitive Domain
  • The Identity & Talents Domain
  • Stage One (Safety & Stabilization): Additional Components
  • Stage Two: Processing the Past Trauma
  • Stage Three: Reconnection
  • Conclusions

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply a flexible conceptual framework to trauma treatment that is sensitive to adolescent clients’ needs across several critical domains.
  • Utilize strategies to assist caregivers of adolescent clients with issues of emotional control, attunement, and discipline.
  • Implement a variety of treatment exercises and grounding techniques to help adolescent clients develop emotional regulation skills.
  • Integrate cognitive behavioral strategies to transition problematic thoughts of clients into more adaptive, helpful thinking patterns.
  • Incorporate flexible techniques to assist teen clients in developing their trauma narrative.
  • Choose appropriate strategies to help adolescent clients prepare for future safety issues and trauma triggers.
  • Create a realistic treatment plan for implementing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and related interventions for your adolescent clients.

About the Speaker:

Robert Lusk, PHD, has devoted his career to working with trauma survivors and their families, and providing training and consultation to parents, military families, and professionals on trauma-related issues, parenting special needs children, attachment disorders, psychotropic medications, reintegration after deployment, and psychiatric disorders. For the past 26 years, Dr. Lusk has served as clinical director at The Baby Fold. There, he designs and implements new programs, and provides clinical supervision, consultation and oversight to all the agency’s treatment programs. Dr. Lusk completed a full-time internship at the Brentwood Veterans Administration Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he focused on PTSD treatment for combat veterans. He has continued to provide supervision, training, and treatment for veterans and other adult trauma survivors for the past 30 years.

Dr. Lusk also instructs courses at Illinois Wesleyan University and has been actively involved in investigative research on trauma for over 30 years, including studies of treatment approach efficacy and cognitive and school-related effects of trauma. He has published several journal articles and book chapters on understanding and treating trauma. Dr. Lusk earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles and has trained in a variety of interventions including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model, Collaborative Problem-Solving, couples and family therapy, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

All artistic images reproduced by kind permission of Patricia Fitzgerald of Healing Creations.


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