How children are impacted by early trauma and loss will be explored at a workshop Saturday presented by the Woodland Community College Foster and Kinship Care Education Program.
Various neurological disorders that can present significant problems for both children and adults are the focus of the workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Yolo County One Stop Center, 25 N. Cottonwood St. in Woodland.
This free session will feature local marriage and family therapists Debra Wiegel and Roseanne Long, who will discuss how early trauma can impact a child’s brain development and result in mental health challenges.
An overview of three concerns — ADHD, bipolar and attachment disorders — will be addressed, including positive avenues for finding support and services, and highlight the healing capacity that a loving family and positive relationships can provide.
Both Wiegel and Long have decades of experience working with children and families, including traumatized, hurt and neglected youngsters and their foster, adoptive and birth parents. They will give an overview of diagnostic criteria, childhood trauma and day-to-day parenting strategies, and highlight a caregiver or parent’s role in bringing a child to his or her “highest” potential.