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This Webinar was presented on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, as part of the free monthly series from Friends for Youth's Mentoring Institute with Special Presenter John Stirling, M.D.
Clinicians caring for victims of early abuse or neglect are often puzzled at their inability to respond to a more consistent and caring environment, including mentoring. This presentation synthesizes concepts from developmental neurobiology, attachment theory, and family ecology to help participants understand the obstacles faced in leaving abuse behind, and to suggest paths to more effective therapy. Mentoring is an important component in treatment and there will be a special focus on understanding the Big Picture regarding early trauma, including the physiologic response to stresses, learned helplessness, and intrauterine drug exposure, to show how these children and youth react differently and need special handling.