2022 SYMPOSIUM PRESENTER SPOTLIGHT

Morgan Bissegger, R. Psychologist

Childhood Trauma

Trauma can significantly impact a child, and those caring for them are often left with questions about how to best help. Children with trauma can present significant challenges, and they often display patterns of behaviour that can strain the relationship between the child and those caring for them.

During this presentation Morgan will explore the impact of trauma on neurological development and how this presents in children’s behaviours. The impact on the attachment system will also be examined, as will the role of relationship in healing and growth. Strategies to support children following experiences of trauma will be presented, giving attendees concrete ways in which they can support the children in their lives and care for themselves. This course aims to offer practical information to caregivers and professionals on why certain behaviours may be present, and how they can support their children in moving towards growth and healing.

Morgan is Registered Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist; currently  practicing in Edmonton, Alberta, as the Clinical Director of the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. Morgan is also a trauma specialist, and supervises trains clinicians in trauma-informed therapy. Morgan has experience treating children in such settings as group homes, schools, foster care, and in clinical settings. Morgan understands the  importance of relationships and works primarily from an attachment perspective; she believes that relationship is an essential component of healing.

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