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Trauma exposure can have a negative impact on the development of attachment behaviors. For example, abused teenage girls are more likely to hide their feelings and have extreme emotional reactions. They have fewer adaptive coping strategies and have problems handling strong emotions, particularly anger. Moreover, they have limited expectations that others can be of help. They show deficits in the ability to self-soothe and modulate negative emotions. They show evidence of problems with behavioral impulsivity, affective lability, and aggression and substance abuse. For example, Kendall et al. (2000) found that in a twin study, the twin who had been exposed to childhood sexual abuse had consistently an elevated risk for drug and alcohol abuse and bulimia when compared to the unexposed twin.


1. Allostatic load refers to changes in biological functioning from cumulative effects of chronic stress?

  • True
  • False

2. Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) studies indicate that the experience of              or more adversities can result in long term far reaching effects such as cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases.

  • One
  • Two
  • Three
  • None of the above

Course Description:

This home study course discusses the neurobiology of resiliency and the implications for psychotherapeutic interventions. The home study program covers topics such as the impact of acute and chronic stress, the neurodynamics of early cumulative maltreatment, the nature of resiliency, the neuro-psychological mechanisms that nature resiliency, five steps to help trauma survivors to tap into their potential for resiliency, the implication for conducting psychotherapy, and the intervention strategies that bolster resilience. This article is derived from Dr Meichenbaum’s work with the Melisa Institute and his research on violence prevention.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the neurobiology of resiliency
  • Explain the five steps to help trauma survivors tap into their potential for resiliency
  • Discuss the intervention strategies that bolster resilience


A portion of the proceeds from this workshop benefits the Melissa Institute For Violence Prevention and Treatment, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and prevention of violence through education, community service, research support and consultation.

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