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Arianne struik

Treating Chronically Traumatized Children: The Sleeping Dogs Method

 An award-winning treatment method 

to overcome children’s resistance to therapy

 A 2-Day Workshop for Mental Health Professionals

Any form of treatment focused on processing the traumatic memories can be used but preferably evidence- based treatments such as EMDR, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy.

 12 EMDRIA credits

CEUs provided by CE-Classes.com



**Please make sure you have read the cancellation policy below**

Newark, NJ - April 20-21, 2020
Venue - To be announced
Early Bird - $399
Denver, CO- April 23-24, 2020
Venue - To be announced
Early Bird - $399


Workshop Description

The treatment of severely traumatized children and adolescents usually focuses on helping the child and the family to process their traumatic experiences with different therapeutic modalities such as EMDR, CBT, and play therapy. But in some cases children cannot or do not want to participate in therapy. These children may for example refuse to talk about their traumatic memories, they may dissociate, or may say they have forgotten about it. Or clinicians are afraid to address the traumatic memories out of fear to dysregulate the child. Or a child becomes very aggressive or dissociates when the trauma is mentioned. And some children are very young and can’t speak about what happened or we don’t know exactly what happened. Cases such as these get stuck and often the trauma doesn’t get processed. We let ‘sleeping dogs lie’, with devastating consequences for future development. But how to help these children?

The metaphor ‘sleeping dogs’ refers to traumatic memories that children refuse to or cannot discuss; by waking up the ‘sleeping dogs,’ traumatic memories become accessible and treatable. The goal of this treatment method is to get traumatized children children and adolescents stabilized as quickly as possible so they can start processing those traumatic memories.

This two-day workshop will focus on how to use the Sleeping Dogs method to analyze the child’s barriers to participate in trauma processing with and to plan interventions to overcome these barriers. 

Participants will learn to analyze cases by using the Six Tests Form to discover possible reasons why the child is resistant. For example, a child may not want to discuss sexual abuse by dad because of fears that contact with him would be ceased, or not wanting to discuss domestic violence by the divorced foster parents for fear that may trigger and upset the foster mother. This structured assessment provides a framework to plan interventions focused on overcoming the identified barriers and start the processing of traumatic memories with therapy.

One of the key factors in this method is the involvement of family members, even when they have abused or neglected the child and may have little or no contact with them, and when reunification is no option. Case examples and video material will be used to demonstrate the use of this method. 

This is a practical workshop in which Ms. Struik will ground the method in case examples. Participants will need to practice the use of this method with their own cases and develop treatment plans. The theory will be explained in straightforward language; the same language that participants can use with their clients.

This training includes the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children

(Struik, 2014).

Learning Objectives 

Participants will be able to identify all potential barriers for chronically traumatized children to commence with therapy.

Participants will be able to make a structured assessment of the potential barriers for their cases with the Sleeping Dogs method.

Participants will learn to analyze cases by using the Six Tests Form to discover possible reasons why the child is resistant. 

Participants will be able to identify the necessary elements of the treatment plan to overcome the barriers for their cases.

Participants will learn how to stabilize children and adolescents as quickly as possible so they can start processing those traumatic memories.


Day 1

9-10 - Introduction & Overview of treatment

10-11 - Problem areas creating resistance, outline sleeping dogs treatment

11-11.15 break

11.15-12.30 - Motivation & Practice on own case (15 min)

psychoeducation on

  • Volcano Video fragments with instruction

  • window of tolerance Video fragments with instruction

  • dissociation Video fragments with instruction


12.30-13.30 lunch

13.30-14.30 - Analysis barriers, Test Safety with interventions, Practice on own case (15 min)

14.30-14.45 break

14.45-1600 - Test Daily life with interventions, Practice on own case (15 min)

Interventions with demonstration video:

Safe Deposit Box

Safe Place

Intervention Here and Now.

Day 2

9-10 - Questions, Test Attachment, Practice on own case (15 min)

10-11 - Test Emotion regulation, Practice on own case (15 min), Video fragment Emotion regulation

11-11.15 break

11.15-12.30 -Test Cognitive shift & NC and PC, Interweaves

Video fragment EMDR session interweaves

Practice on own case (15 min)

Conversational techniques

12.30-13.30 lunch

13.30-14.30 - Video fragment preparing cognitive shift with parent, Trauma Healing Story, Nutshell

14.30-14.45 break

14.45-1600 - EMDR Integration, Make plan for case, Analyse other case

About the instructor

Arianne Struik is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and EMDR practitioner and consultant, originally from the Netherlands. She worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for twenty-two years as a clinical psychologist and program director. She moved to Australia and became director of The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC) from which she provides specialized trauma treatment in remote areas, as well as workshops, training, supervision and research from the Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children.

Ms. Struik developed the award-winning Sleeping Dogs method, described in the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children (Struik, 2014) and Treating Chronically Traumatized Children. The Sleeping Dogs method, second edition (Struik, 2019). Ms. Struik teaches internationally on the treatment of trauma and dissociation in children. She is member of the European ISSTD Child and Adolescent Committee and Convener of the Australian Psychological Society EMDR Interest Group.



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The workshop may be canceled or postponed 45 days prior to its date due to under-enrollment or other circumstances. Participants may want to wait before making travel arrangements. The workshop shall be canceled or postponed if unforeseen circumstances, such as presenter illness and/or a natural disaster (a flood, earthquake, tsunami, wildfire, or other major incidents) arises. Participants will be refunded 100%


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