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Parenting Traumatized Infants and Toddlers: Myths vs. Facts for 0-5

This training occurred on February 10, 2022



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    This presentation will focus on the age range of 0 to 5 and how you can support caregivers regarding challenging behaviors from their young children. Specific developmental considerations will be discussed as well as current terms for how these problems may be labeled (e.g., PTSD, developmental trauma disorder, etc.). Strong emphasis will be placed on myths (e.g., when a parent is told, “your child has reactive attachment and they can’t get better from that”) versus facts (e.g., how traumatic stress impacts early childhood development) for this age range. Additionally, concrete tools and resources (e.g., specific treatments) to support caregivers of these children will be discussed.


    Learning Objectives
    Learners will:

    • Understand how trauma impacts behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and developmental functioning for children ages 0-5
    • Understand what it means to be “trauma-informed” for this age range
    • Gain concrete tools and resources for this age range that can be shared with caregivers


    Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child- and family-serving organizations.


















Dr. Michael Gomez is on staff at Bradley Hospital, Lifespan Institute, a teaching hospital for the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and the nation’s first, and oldest, psychiatric hospital specifically for children and adolescents. He was previously director of the Adversity and Resilience Community Center (ARCC), a child trauma behavioral health clinic in West Texas where he was also Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech University Psychological Sciences; the Texas Tech University College of Education; and the TTUHSC School of Nursing. He was previously faculty at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect/Child Study Center Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Oklahoma University Health and Sciences Center.

Dr. Gomez is committed to dissemination of evidence-based practices in psychology. He specializes in Trauma-Focused CBT, treatment of adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors (PSB), PCIT, TARGET, and assessment of autism spectrum disorders. He is one of 70 Nationally Certified TF-CBT Trainers. Additionally, he is a Nationally Certified CE-CERT Trainer, a model for addressing burnout and vicarious trauma in providers. He is also a nationally certified PCIT therapist. He is trained in assessment and diagnostics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He is a co-chair for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) Trauma and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Workgroup, as well as a member of the NCTSN Steering Committee, Affiliate Advisory Group, and Youth Task Force.



Michael Gomez, PhD

Psychologist, Bradley Hospital, Lifespan Institute

Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University