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-HEALING THE INSIDE CHILD-
Brain-based & wellness approaches with
challenging children and adolescents

Do you know how to enhance brain chemistry without medication?
Are you under-serving children that do not have the resiliency to bounce back from abuse, neglect and multiple traumas?
How differently would you feel going to work each day if you knew your approaches were healing rather than punitive?
Do you feel powerless to change the high rate of failure with challenging youth?


You are not powerless. It is within you right now to begin to implement positive, dynamic and meaningful interventions for special needs youth. Budget cuts notwithstanding, you can access information and initiate changes now to use the trauma informed, resiliency model options for challenging children. No matter what circumstances you are facing.

Acknowledging and utilizing the latest brain research unequivocally proves that brain chemistry is influenced dramatically by restorative relational experiences and sensory adaptable environments. Clinicians and teachers will identify healing solutions informed by revolutionary breakthroughs in the three regions of the brain as defined by the thinking brain (cortex) responsible for abstract reasoning; the emotional brain (limbic) responsible for affect regulation, empathy, affiliation and tolerance; and the survival brain (brain stem or reptilian) responsible for fight or flight, heart and other body regulation functions.

You’ll witness the transformative effects of techniques filmed and played of case reviews with clinical applications. With non-violent and violent crimes of youth rising at staggering levels, this pivotal point in time demands a high quality multi-theoretical training approach that combines neuro-relationship science with positive youth psychology and resiliency research. John Micsak draws on social, emotional and relational factors that impact how adults work with children and adolescents. There is no need for these children to be left behind or held hostage by childhood experiences over which they had no control. We who interface with them have the power to make a dramatic difference in the outcome of their lives.

In Healing the Inside Child, you’ll discover:

Cutting edge brain research & breakthroughs in neurophysiology (body/mind)related to adverse childhood experiences and developmental trauma disorder.
Options on enhancing brain chemistry without medication.
An understanding of adverse child events and the impact they have on the body, mind and spirit.
What professionals must know before trying any techniques and strategies for behavioral change.
How to set up healing environments for home, school and residential facilities.
How to apply over 21 powerful strategies including titration/pendulation, bids and windows and micro-connecting.
Self exploration activities to develop our brain and body systems.
Practices that help youth with neurological deficits "catch up".
How to provide extraordinary care-giving through conscious relationship building.


-RESILIENCY WORK-
Creating healthy pathways for
vulnerable youth populations



Are you joining others in misreading disturbing personality traits in children?
Are you wondering why traditional methods are not effective with the third millennium youth culture?
Are you frustrated with ineffective institutional protocol with a blind eye to science?
Do you understand how the pre-frontal cortex affects self control in teens?
Do you want to know what's working in today's most innovative settings with challenging children?
It’s time to look beyond the obvious symptoms, stop labeling kids as sociopathic and ADHD (for instance) and start implementing what we’ve learned from neurophysiology (body and mind research). We now have the evidence of how to create new neuro pathways to help heal a child while we seek to eliminate toxic relationships and toxic thinking. Children in trouble shouldn’t be held hostage by our ignorance. Medication may save or stabilize a life but it takes away from our responsibility to protect and to provide holistic healing for children that have experienced adverse life events.

John Micsak reveals in this presentation what our “Microwave Society” has created in our desire to “deal with” children and adolescents acting out. Acknowledging and utilizing the latest brain research unequivocally proves that brain chemistry and brain structure is influenced dramatically by restorative relational experiences and sensory adaptable environments. The brain can repair itself – even rewire itself in the right circumstances. Clinicians and teachers will identify healing solutions informed by revolutionary breakthroughs in the three regions of the brain as defined by the thinking brain (cortex) responsible for abstract reasoning; the emotional brain (limbic) responsible for affect regulation, empathy, affiliation and tolerance; and the survival brain (brain stem or reptilian) responsible for fight or flight, heart and other body regulation functions.

John’s presentation covers resiliency and strength based approaches vs. medical/disease model approaches. He includes self esteem, resiliency and NIRW research on the basic bio-social needs of all children and adolescents and how clinicians, teachers and families can meet those needs. You’ll appreciate a case review with clinical application of techniques and strategies while viewing Broken Circle, an award winning documentary on the plight of an young boy caught in the foster care/adoption system and Jonathon , the plight of an adoptive child with a history of trauma and with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.


In Resiliency Work, you’ll discover:

An overview of the "Microwave Society" and the "Second Family Phenomenon".
The common characteristics of the millennium youth culture and how we misread them.
Impact of adverse childhood events: The Stress Response system.
How children in out of home placements have historically been de-moralized.
How to meet the 5 critical needs for emotional and psychological wellness.
The 10 fundamentals of becoming a charismatic (protective) adult.
The difference between risky vs. charismatic (protective) adults.
Specific group activity demonstrating how to build skill sets in tuning in and listening to youth.
21 strength based and resiliency strategies.
Characteristics of the Relationship Factor vs. Behavior Blueprints.
A self-exploration exercise mapping the blueprints of your unconscious.


-TRAUMA SPECIFIC WORK-
General dynamics of trauma with introduction
to conducting individual sessions with children
suffering from traumatic stress



Are you too tired after work to read about the current research effecting traumatized and vulnerable children?
Are you ready and open to learning innovative methodology influenced by neurophysiology?

Brain plasticity or neuroplasticity is the lifelong ability of the brain to reorganize neural pathways based on new experiences. What happens to the brain during and after mild to severe trauma? What impact do people and the environment have on vulnerable children following trauma? There is much more that we can do than medicate victims. Healing is not based on behavior change, but on positive relationships, a positive environment and repetition of both.

John Micsak reveals the facts and information that parents and professionals need to know to be of help to traumatized children. Identifying more than 25 Adverse Child Events indicated in developmental trauma disorder, you’ll learn the difference between acute stress and traumatic stress and how universal the “stress spectrum” is in all of our lives.

Clinicians and other human service professionals will identify healing solutions informed by revolutionary breakthroughs in the three regions of the brain as defined by the thinking brain (cortex) responsible for abstract reasoning; the emotional brain (limbic) responsible for affect regulation, empathy, affiliation and tolerance; and the survival brain (brain stem or reptilian) responsible for fight or flight, heart and other body regulation functions

Learn the basic keys on how to effectively process the trauma narrative- the stories children need to share to move from victimization to victory. John will also introduce more advanced modalities such as somatic processing, sensory integration, and energy psychology and contrast them with traditional approaches. You will also learn how to implement trauma informed strategies in group settings such as residential treatment programs and school systems.

In Trauma Specific Work, you'll discover:

The definition of Type I and Type II trauma.
The definition of Complex PTSD and its implications.
Risk factors for PTSD/neurological considerations.
The 8 themes to identify with children of trauma.
The appropriate intervention needs of the traumatized child/adolescent.
What parents and caregivers need to know.
How effective therapists conduct individual sessions.
Strategies in debriefing after traumatic events.
Key concepts to build a trauma informed program.

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