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Sunday, November 8 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
Yoga-based Psychotherapy for Children Affected by Trauma

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Children with histories of emotional trauma are at risk for social and emotional challenges throughout their lives. Yoga, which has been shown to improve both physical and emotional health in children and adults alike, can be an effective tool for working with traumatized children. Yoga-based psychotherapy is a trauma-informed intervention that utilizes yoga and movement techniques to increase self-awareness, self-regulation, self-esteem, and prosocial behaviors in traumatized children. This workshop will demonstrate the practical use of Yoga-based psychotherapy, and examine the theoretical principles that guide these practices. Participants will engage in experiential activities, and learn to apply these practices and principles in their own clinical work. Participation in the experientials are optional, and no previous yoga experience is necessary.

Eligible for 3.0 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing


Abena Brown-Elhillali, PhD

| Abena Brown-Elhillali, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga student with 10 years of experience assessing and treating children, adolescents and adults with various mental health needs. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Howard University, where her studies focused on the psychophysiological aspects of mental health. Abena contributed to the creation of the Yoga-based Psychotherapy Protocol, and has... Read More →

Christine DeBerardinis, LCSW-C

| Christine DeBerardinis, LCSW-C, earned her master's in social work in 2007 from Widener University. She has been an outpatient mental health therapist working with children and families who have been exposed to trauma at the Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD since 2008. Within Christine's clinical work, she utilizes both trauma-informed and evidence based treatment models and has experience presenting on topics... Read More →

Sunday November 8, 2015 9:30am - 12:30pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)