- Dana Wyss
- 6 Hours 12 Minutes
- Audio and Video
- Dec 08, 2020
Attachment Ruptures and Impact
- What is healthy attachment?
- Secure, ambivalent, and avoidant attachment styles
- The effects of attachment ruptures over time
- Trauma: acute, chronic, and complex developmental
- Fight, flight, freeze, and submit/comply
Attachment-Focused Assessment & Treatment Planning
How to meet goals and benchmarks:
- Iceberg Activity – delve below surface to see beyond behaviors
- What is connecting you and why – “The Invisible String”
- Tools that can be used in the clinical interview
- Identifying the details and impact of the rupture
- Creating a trauma-responsive environment
- Modifications for age and developmental level
Attachment Ruptures: Familial loss and Complex Developmental Trauma
- Disruption: loss (death of a family member, divorce, separation due to military, work travel, COVID)
- Impact: loss of connection, change in structure or routine, lack of trust
- Response: confusion, anger, grief, anxiety, self-injury, defiance
- Vignette examples and analyzations
Creative Interventions for:
Increased safety, identity development and resiliency
- I Wish Everyone Understood to support communication and trust
- Qualities of Safety (connection and trust)
- My Safe Place(s) (identifying emotionally safe spaces)
Increased trust, emotional identification and expression
- Personal Feeling Chart (self-awareness)
- Feelings Charades (trust)
- Words Have Power (identity, self-trust)
- Games for didactic engagement to support trust
Activities to Support Grief and Separation:
- Ice Cube Feelings to process underlying feelings related to grief and loss
- When I miss you to create connection with someone who is far away or who has passed away
- When We are Apart use a transitional object to support continued connection with both parents
- Family Map identifies family members and reminds us we are connected
Put Critical Thinking to Work
Modify and adjust activities:
- Different ages
- Developmental level
- Educational level
Setting the Stage of Trust for Continued Safety
- The Container closing activity to empower choice, safe rituals and healthy boundaries
Star View Adolescent Center
Dr. Wyss is a board-certified art therapist, a marriage and family therapist, holds a doctorate in expressive therapies, and is the coauthor of The Invisible String Workbook. As Director of Training at a psychiatric hospital, secure group home, and non-public school Dr. Wyss specializes in clinical supervision, staff training, and treatment of complex developmental trauma. Her expressive therapies background has led her to create individual and group programs integrating art, music, poetry, dance and animal assisted therapy in the healing process for clients and the self-care of staff. She has a passion for helping individuals reconnect with their passion, creativity, and hope. Dr. Wyss is a national trainer and consultant for The Center for Trauma Training and a state-wide trainer and consultant to provide workshops and raise awareness of commercial sexual exploitation of children and young adults.
Dr. Wyss received her undergraduate education from Florida State University where her studies focused on Psychology, Art, and English. After a few years traveling the world she settled in Southern California working as a group leader for children with complex developmental trauma. She then pursued a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University where she learned the true healing nature of expressive therapies. Dr. Wyss worked and created art throughout the next few years. Her love of art, research, and desire to expand her education led her to Lesley University where she completed her doctorate. Although she has many research interests, her current research focuses are using art-based research to build empathy and understanding for self-injurious behaviors, the use of exotic animal assisted therapy in residential treatment, and the impact and effect of non-traditional materials in art therapy sessions and group therapy. Dr. Wyss currently resides in Southern California where she continues to love to travel the world and create her own art for self-care and healing.
Financial: Dana Wyss is the director of training at Star View Adolescent Center and faculty member at West Valley College and Title IV-E. Ms. Wyss is a consultant and trainer at Nola Brantley Speaks and Center for Trauma Training. She an exam writer at ATCB and reviewer for both ATCB and Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Ms. Wyss receives royalties from Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dana Wyss is a member of AATA, SOCAL AATA, CAMFT, APT, and Southern California Trainers Network.
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