Expanding the Healing for Children - Integrating Families into Sessions to Maximize Resilience-Building

Course Description

Although critical healing work happens in the clinical setting, children live with their families, not with their clinicians. Yet families are not part of the clinical experience in many/most mental health/NF clinics. Resilience-building -- an optimal outcome of good treatment -- can be enhanced dramatically when appropriate family members are carefully integrated into a child's healing experience. Using NF to help a child feel safe with a parent, coaching a parent to recognize and support a child's healing in the moment, and supporting the child-parent unit overall is not only worthwhile, it is for many children, (and parents) life-changing. The NF setting can be ideal for this transformation!


  • Identify and explain 1 assessment tool to measure efficacy of including an appropriate family member in NF sessions
  • List and describe at least 2 therapeutic methods by which a safe and appropriate parent or family member can be integrated into child NF treatment
  • Explain how NF can best be integrated into an overall mental health treatment for children in a clinic setting.

Lark Eshleman, PhD

Dr. Eshleman is trained and highly trained in therapeutic practices of Theraplay, EMDR, EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback), Attachment and Narrative Therapy, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy (TANT), family and individual psychotherapy, and school psychology for children with significant trauma and attachment issues. Her work has brought her into therapeutic contact with children and families who have suffered the emotional, psychological and neurologically damaging effects of war and other forms of organized violence. In 1997 she was instrumental in working with Rotary International, and the Rotary Club of Lancaster, PA to develop a treatment and professional training center in Croatia after the Balkan war. From 1997 through 2000 she volunteered more than 10 months at the center. She worked on a New Orleans/ Houston base project called "Welcome Home" in which Children returning to New Orleans schools were screened and referred for on site programs to help them deal with the extreme stresses in their lives due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and on trauma- relief teams for other natural and man made emergencies. Recently she returned to Singapore to teach her program to professionals who will be addressing the trauma of children orphaned in natural disasters, such as the earthquakes in China 2008. Her publications include, Healing Emotional Trauma: Treating the Wounded Child, 3rd ed (2009), a community based response program for children who have been affected by war an organized violence; a video, RAD: Solving the Puzzle (2001), which received a national award in the science and medicine division of the Telly Awards. Larks book, Becoming a Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments with You Adopted Child (Taylor Publishing Company) was published in December of 2003 to excelled reviews, and was updated and re-published in paperback in 2005. She has been a contributor to family and professional magazines and journals, and was recently highlighted in the 3rd edition of the 2009 textbook The Development of Children published by Worth Publishers. The text is used at many colleges and universities across the United States to teach child development. It's authors are Cynthia Lightfoot, Michael Cole, and Sheila R. Cole.

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Who this course is for

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject

This course is offered at the introductory level.

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