Naomi Moore : Dissociation - An Introduction
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About The Event
Dissociation in children and young people is an autonomous adaptive survival strategy that often goes unnoticed. It might be described to you as 'they're always in a daydream', or 'they're in their own world', or 'they just shut down and you'll get nothing out of them like that.' Or maybe it's dissociation. Children might not be able to physically leave the situation, but psychologically they can exit and often we don't even notice they have gone, because their body is still physically there.
Dissociation is a way of surviving an experience, or experiences that are overwhelming and terrifying. The child may not have the support to protect and help them integrate and recover from their experiences, leaving the child in a dysregulated, distressed state for which dissociation is the only way that they are able to cope.
Dissociation occurs on a spectrum from normal dissociative experiences (think of all the times you have got in a car to go somewhere and have no idea how you got there but you did) to more extreme fragmentation that persists over time and can have a significant impact on functioning.
On this day we will think about and gain more awareness about dissociation in children and young people, the theory and thinking behind it, the presentation and how we might effectively communicate about it with children, their carers and schools to recognise and support children along with appropriate resources to be able to do this. We will link it to theories around trauma and attachment and to the context of children's lives.
Case material will be used to illustrate the theoretical content and the day will be approached from both a theoretical approach and also from lived experience from childhood, navigating the world with chronic dissociative tendencies.
The material around the context of dissociation in response to certain traumas can be distressing and delegates should be aware that there will be references to abuse of children. No details will be shared. Grounding, soothing and emotional regulation will be a key part of the day.
Naomi Moore trained as a play and creative arts and child/parent therapist. She runs the weekend play provision and volunteer mentoring at Great Ormond Street Hospital and runs training for GOSH, international children's charities and in schools on play, children's emotional wellbeing, mental health and trauma informed education.
Prior to her therapy career she worked in early years and primary education specialising in nurture group work with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has worked with children and young people of all ages and their families internationally, as well as in the UK, across both state and private sectors including specialist adolescent inpatient units, orphanages, refugee camps, palliative care and severe medical trauma.
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