In this 10-Volume educational DVD series, Heather T. Forbes, LCSW interviews world-renowned developmental neuropsychologist, Dr. Ronald S. Federici to explore the complex issues surrounding children from traumatic and chaotic backgrounds. Through each interview, Forbes and Federici work to explore every angle from the parent to the professional to the child perspective in order to fully understand the issues families face under the complexity of raising trauma.
Each volume focuses on a specific topic ranging from developmental disabilities to medication to mood disorders and more, with each DVD lasting 45 minutes in length. This masterpiece DVD set will finally give you the understanding you need to truly make sense of the complexities our children present in treatment, in school, and in the home. This is a must resource for anyone working and raising trauma.
Vol. 1 - Introductory Overview
Vol. 2 - Developmental Disabilities
Vol. 3 - Childhood Mental Health Disorders
Vol. 4 - Mood Disorders and Trauma
Vol. 5 - Complex Trauma and PTSD
Vol. 6 - Education and Trauma
Vol. 7 - Teenagers
Vol. 8 - Medication Madness
Vol. 9 - The Family
Vol. 10 - Moving Forward
Ten DVD's with Each Focusing on a Distinct Topic:
Volume 1: Introductory Overview. In this introductory overview of complex trauma, Dr. Federici eloquently brings simplicity to the understanding of children from every end of the trauma spectrum. Federici gives insight on how to create an intervention program with simplicity and accuracy. This interview between these two professionals explores and sheds light on how developmental issues are the root of the problem underlying a child's negative behaviors.
Volume 2: Developmental Disabilities. Explore the differences between attachment disorder and developmental disabilities. In this DVD, Dr. Federici explains how a child's development can be altered through traumatic experiences leading to an alteration in the brain that can manifest into psychological, regulatory, social, and learning problems. Trauma goes much deeper than attachment. This discussion will give you a thorough understanding of the entire developmental spectrum for our children.
Volume 3: Childhood Mental Health Disorders. In this interview, Dr. Federici sheds light on the countless number of children who are being treated with multiple layers of inappropriate care due to multiple and inaccurate diagnoses. Trauma presents itself differently, requiring a closer look at the child's anxiety and fear. This DVD will give you a better understanding of how a child's world needs to be reconstructed with the family being the primary construct, whereby the family becomes the "medication."
Volume 4: Mood Disorders and Trauma. Dr. Federici clearly explains how trauma induced mood disorders drive much of a child's negative and acting-out behaviors. He gives insight as to how anxiety, depression, mood swings, compulsive behaviors, sleep difficulties, poor social skills, reactivity, and defiance all connect back to a child's inability to regulate themselves. Solutions that center on a parent's ability and the family's ability to provide an end to the child's fear cycle are discussed in this interview.
Volume 5: Complex Trauma and PTSD. Children who are continually under stress during their early years often accumulate layers and layers of emotional injury. Their post trauma behaviors are fear-based, chaotic, and out of reality. In this interview, Dr. Federici explains how and why parents and professionals need to work at the level of the child's development in order to create safety. Healing then happens through a step-by-step developmental process with families being the curative agent.
Volume 6: Education and Trauma. Trauma can have an impact on the brain, compromising a child's focus, memory, and ability to retain, retrieve, and organize information. It can negatively impact a child's memory, speech, language, problem solving skills, and informational processing. In this series, Dr. Federici discusses how to best educate children who may present with typical behavioral or learning issues but need to be addressed from a trauma perspective in order to reach their full learning potential.
Volume 7: Teenagers. Trauma does not just "go away" and when many children reach their teenage years, a resurgence of their early traumatic experiences unfolds. Dr. Federici gives insight in this DVD discussion of how many teenagers reprocess the anger and aggression that was left dormant, resulting in an intensity of acting out behaviors (drug use, defiance, dramatic reactivity and sexual promiscuity). This DVD will give you a deeper understanding of how to help teens during these difficult years.
Volume 8: Medication Madness. There is no magic pill to resolve trauma for anyone, especially for our children. Dr. Federici explains why simply medicating symptoms is ineffective and how we have not only medicated our children to toxic levels but how we have endangered them with toxic combinations of medications. Learn more about how medications can be used at conservative levels in order to help bring children back to being functional in a family to foster greater levels of healing.
Volume 9: The Family. Children belong in families because families are the curative factor. Dr. Federici explains that for children from traumatic backgrounds, families become the definitive and key element; the family is the treatment for the child. He discusses how a family intervention program, with a holistic and reality-based approach, can be used to reconstruct traumatized children and reintegrate them back into the family system successfully.
Volume 10: Moving Forward. When children reach the later teenage years, many times they are not emotionally or developmentally ready for the challenges of independence. In this DVD, Dr. Federici discusses legal and financial options families have in order to stage their children through a slower and more gradual approach into adulthood. This volume sheds light on how to create the balance children with trauma histories need, without overwhelming them, to move them forward successfully.