Childhood maltreatment can profoundly influence human development, resulting in a variety of mental, emotional, and social challenges – including addictive disorders. Attachment theory is a useful framework for understanding how early relational experiences can have far-reaching effects. Developmental trauma and attachment disturbances can lead to deficits in nervous system regulation. Addictive behaviours can be seen as an attempt at short-term regulation, with long-term consequences.
This presentation will explore the scientific linkages between trauma, attachment, and addiction, and will offer ideas on how to help clients restore the capacity to self-regulate in healthy ways.
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|Manual - Healing Developmental Trauma in Therapy (2.4 MB)||26 Pages||Available after Purchase|
Jon G. Caldwell, DO, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults who have experienced relational trauma and addictive behaviors. Currently, he is Chief Medical Officer at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. His approach to healing was heavily influenced by his PhD training at the University of California at Davis, where he began studying how early childhood maltreatment and insecure attachment relationships affect cognitive, emotional and social functioning. His clinical approach continues to be shaped by contemplative psychology and by the practice of mindfulness and self-compassion. Dr. Caldwell has published a number of articles on child maltreatment, attachment theory, emotion regulation and mindfulness and he is a noted international speaker and trainer on these and other topics.
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