Soothing and Grounding Tools for Dissociation in Children and Teens

Presenter: Annie J. Monaco, LCSW-R & Nicole Wolasz, LCSW-R

NASW-NYS Members: $65

NASW Other Chapter Member: $97.50

Non-Members: $130

This workshop is approved for 6.5 continuing education credit hour(s) for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists.



Workshop Description

Social workers and mental health practitioners are often faced with attachment related concerns in their clients, which often lead to dissociative symptoms. This training provides an opportunity for staff and clinicians working with children, adolescents and young adults to increase their confidence in talking to clients about trauma, identifying dissociative symptoms, and how to effectively manage these symptoms through creative and play-based soothing and grounding techniques that help deal with dissociation. Grounding techniques are specific strategies designed to help center the individual on the present moment. Using our sense and activities provides visceral methods for bringing the individual into awareness and away from the traumatic or dissociative trigger. This workshop will provide scripts, demonstration videos, and photo images of varies ways of using the techniques. Participants will also practice a variety of the 30 soothing and grounding tools. These easy to learn, practical, hands-on techniques are for use with children, adolescents and young adults.

**Participants should have knowledge of the link between trauma and current behaviors and symptoms through previous trauma-related workshops.

Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Apply “What is” Trauma and Dissociation scripts to adults, teens and children.
  • Explain dissociation to parents and ways to help support their children through grounding and soothing strategies.
  • Apply interviewing questions for parents, teens and children to inquire more about dissociation symptoms.
  • Use movement interventions to manage trauma and dissociation in the body by learning physical relaxation strategies.
  • Manage the symptoms of dissociation, intrusive thoughts and hyperarousal using grounding techniques including scents, TV Tool, Dial, Shrinking, yoga flow and Lisa Najavitis Seeking Safety grounding techniques.
  • Demonstrate in a practice session, at least 6 soothing tools to reduce distress and increase a sense of calm. Techniques include Eraser, Shield, Finger Holds, and Worry Worms.

This workshop is approved for 6.5 continuing education credit hour(s).

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037).


Nicole Wolasz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a faculty member of the Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute. Nicole has been serving youth and families in Western New York since 1997. She specializes in family therapy, grief/loss issues, trauma therapy and juvenile offender work. Nicole provides training and consultation to therapists and agencies throughout Western New York on Trauma-Informed Care and how to implement it into daily practice.


Annie Monaco, LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a faculty member of the Child Trauma Institute & Trauma Institute and University at Buffalo School of Social Work liaison. Annie has over 25 years of experience serving children, teens, families and adults. She is a trauma therapist and has extensively trained in complex trauma, family therapy, and play therapy. Annie currently serves as a Board member of the NY Association for Play Therapy. Her private practice includes a multitude of behaviors and issues including foster care, out of country adoptions, juvenile justice and dissociation. Annie travels extensively throughout the US and internationally providing a multitude of trauma-informed trainings and agency and therapist consultations. Annie is a trainer of EMDR, Progressive Counting and STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resiliency).




The event is finished.


Dec 01 2020


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM




Online Live Webinar