UK Network

Division of Clinical Psychology


Assessing and treating emotional regulation and stabilisation in children and adolescents with complex trauma and dissociation.

Presenter: – Dr Renee P Marks

There is presently no consensus whether children and adolescents with complex trauma and dissociation should receive help to process their trauma. In some areas, this is seen, as a “risk” and that even the use of EMDR might not be safe for this population. This might be one of the reasons why this group of children and adolescents often receive a differential diagnosis where medication or alternative types of therapy for instance attachment-based therapies or CBT is viewed as more appropriate, albeit with no trauma processing. The main reason for the caution about addressing the trauma of this population of children is their high levels of emotional dysregulation.

In this workshop information will be shared on the process and techniques, which can be used to ensure adequate emotional stability to proceed with effective trauma processing.

At the hand of case examples, this workshop will firstly look at the assessment of the emotional stability and interventions to improve that. Secondly it will focus on the neurological aspects of stabilisation with multiple techniques that can be used to address the long standing neurological anxiety, fear, anger and emotional regulation in order to proceed with the trauma processing.

DrReneeMarksRenée Marks is working as Consultant Therapist and Clinical Lead at Integrate Families in the North of England. Integrate Families is a National Centre for Children with Complex Trauma and Dissociation. Renée is a national and international trainer on the topic of attachment, emotional regulation, complex trauma and dissociation in children and adolescents. She is a member of the Child and Adolescents Committee of the ISSTD and also an accredited trainer for their on-line training. Renée is the chair of the Child and Adolescent Committee of the European Society on Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and specialises in the more serious and complicated population of traumatised children and adolescents. Renée is also an expert witness and provides clinical supervision and consultation to different agencies and therapists.