Erikson Institute

Examining a Toddler-Parent Trauma Treatment: Healing from Loss through Child-Parent Psychotherapy

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This training will address the experience of traumatic bereavement for a toddler and parent. Dr. Larrieu will present an overview of a young child’s conception of death and illustrate steps in the process of recovery through the use of a relationship-based model for trauma treatment. The instructor will explore the grief and healing processes of a toddler and his caregiver following a sudden traumatic loss.  Child-Parent Psychotherapy, was used with this dyad who experienced the death of a family member.  Dr. Larrieu will discuss how grief is processed, and the role of the caregiver in recovery from trauma.  Through this training she will illustrate the importance of developing a narrative in recovering from loss. Video recordings will be used to illustrate the implications of loss for the development of the child and his relationship with his caregiver, as well as their journey of healing.


Julie Larrieu, Ph.D., is a Developmental and Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Medicine. She is a senior trainer at the Institute for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She is also the Director for the Tulane site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a program within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This program, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is focused on disseminating child-parent psychotherapy for children ages birth to six who have experienced interpersonal violence and sudden loss. Dr. Larrieu’s ongoing research interests include developmental psychopathology, child abuse and neglect, and symptoms arising from early trauma. She has over 25 years of experience working with high-risk infants and families.

Early Registration Fees Before May 22nd- $99.
May 22nd and after- $115


Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature of traumatic loss for a young child
  2. Recognize the role of the narrative in recovering from trauma
  3. Appreciate the importance of the caregiving context for restoring a sense of safety for the child

Who Should Attend?

The emotional and behavioral challenges seen as children grow older are often related to gaps and lapses in the foundation of their development. These gaps can derail basic capacities to relate and communicate, share attention and self-regulate. Developmental disturbance can disrupt the formation of empathy and comprehension of the world around and the capacity to communicate thoughts and feelings with words, play and other symbols. These disruptions in development can have life-long consequences without intervention.

The focus of this series i.e., understanding the foundations of development and early experiences, make sense for any clinician who is interested in training that will support and enhance their work with families and children of all ages such as Social Workers, Developmental Therapists, Pediatricians, Psychiatrists, Neonatologists, Nurse Practitioners, Midwives , Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Early Care and Education providers and teachers, Obstetricians, Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and others whose work impacts the lives of infants, young children and families.

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