Date: 5/23/2017, 9:00 am—4:00 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
It is not uncommon for children with histories of long term and repetitive child abuse and trauma, especially when it involves repeated incidents of emotional and physical abuse, neglect and/or sexual violence, to dissociate and/or split or fragment the structure of their identities in order to cope with the overwhelming effects of such violence. In addition, a large percentage of mental health professionals and/or foster parents are inexperienced when it comes to noticing, assessing, referring and treating children and adolescents that overly rely on dissociation as a primary coping strategy and/or develop a Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This is especially true of children before they reach the ages of 6 or 7.