Strategies for Helping Children Heal

Thu, Dec 14, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dr. Barbara Sorrels



Addictive behaviors are often symptoms of childhood trauma. This workshop will teach mental health professionals how to create healing environments for children so that future addictive patterns can be avoided. The information presented in this workshop is based upon the work of Dr. Bruce Perry and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). The premise of NMT is that the brain develops from the bottom up and is most vulnerable to adverse circumstances in the earliest years of life. Small differences in the earliest years of life have a disproportionate impact on the development of a child and can significantly alter the trajectory of the child’s psychological growth. Understanding how to provide experiences to heal and recover from early trauma is critical to all who work in mental health.


  1. Identify the forms of trauma that negatively impact the organization and connectivity of the developing brain and the attachment system.
  2. Learn strategies that will help adults working with traumatized children successfully cross the intimacy barrier to establish meaningful connections. 
  3. Learn “bottom up” and “top down strategies” for helping children learn to regulate. 

2 CEUS:  Ph.D., LPC, LADC, CADC, LCSW, LMFT and Case Management. Nursing certificate of participation.   Pre-registration is required.

About the Presenter

Dr. Barbara Sorrels

Dr. Barbara Sorrels is Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education and the author of the award-winning book, Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 40 years serving as a teacher, program director and university professor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood from the University of Maryland; a master’s in education from Southwestern Seminary and a doctorate in early childhood from Oklahoma State University. She is passionate about helping parents, child welfare agencies, schools and childcare centers understand vulnerable children and the impact of trauma on healthy growth and development. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Registration Information

Two CEUs and materials for only $10.

Registration closes December 11 or when available seats have been filled. Seating is limited.
Refunds not available after December 11.  This two hour workshop ends at noon, no lunch is provided.
For more information, or if you require any special accommodation, please call 918-588-8826

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Event Location

Parkside Outpatient Clinic, second floor, 1620 E. 12th St., Tulsa OK  74120