According to statistics, 13% of children by the age of nine will have experienced 4 or more trauma related events (Finkelor et al., 2007, as cited by Cummings et al., 2017). These traumatic events have been linked to increased potential for health, educational, social-emotional, and relational concerns in a child’s future. Additionally, these trauma events have a significant impact on the child’s developing brain. Studies as explored in this paper, link the forming of secure attachments as vital. to resiliency and brain rewiring. The proposed parent/caregiver psychoeducation program consists of interwoven aspects from The Whole-Brain Child (Siegel, 2015), Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) (Purvis et al, 2007; Purvis et al., 2009; Purvis et al., 2013), and Playful Parenting (Cohen, 2008). This brief program provides foundational understanding of the varying types of childhood trauma, the salience of parent-child attachment bonds, as well as a basic understanding of the brain and how to incorporate this understanding to teach and help heal children from their past hurts.

Keywords: Trauma, Brain development, Attachments, Resiliency

Date of Award

Winter 12-1-2020

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Mitch J Moore



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