Transforming the Impact of Developmental Trauma on Emotion Regulation & Connection

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Target Audience

Social workers, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, educators, school personnel, mental health professionals, clinicians, health and human service practitioners, and other health care professionals.


Research has shown that adverse childhood experiences – physical and emotional abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence or substance abuse, traumatic loss and other early experiences of chaos and overwhelm – are more common than thought and can cause profound and pervasive effects on physical and mental health. As adults, survivors of early trauma may experience:

• complex dysregulation of affect, impulses and emotions,
• relational patterns of disconnection,
• rapid behavioral and emotional regression,
• aggressive or destructive behavior against self and/or others,
• delays or disruptions in achieving developmental competencies,
• altered schemas of the world,
• an overactivation of their stress response system,
• altered awareness or assessment of danger, dissociation or numbing
• multiple health problems: cardiovascular, metabolic, immunological, and sexual disorders
• problems with self-concept and self-regulation
• chronic feelings of shame, self-hatred, self-blame.

While the DSM-5 does not include a diagnostic category of “developmental trauma disorder,” treating this constellation of problems in a piece meal fashion would miss out on how they express a system of internal disorganization. In this workshop, Kate Gotelli will explore ways that adults who have a history of adverse childhood experiences can learn to make sense of their own struggles and begin a process of healing with selfawareness, compassion, and safe re-connection in present relationships. Kate will explain and demonstrate how to approach charged schemas, emotions and sensations in a manner that reduces sympathetic arousal, overwhelm, and helplessness while increasing clients’ capacity to negotiate stress and trauma. She will also offer practical recommendations on how to use the therapeutic relationship itself to help individuals with developmental trauma to restore control and power that creates safety, allows for remembrance and mourning, and promotes reconnection with everyday life.

Kate Gotelli, LCSW, SEP
Mindful Awakening, PLLC
Embodied Awakening, LLC

This presenter is being supported through a partnership between UNC-CH, School of Social Work and the NCAHEC Program.

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  • List at least 2 mental, behavioral, and physical health conditions that are highly correlated with adverse childhood experiences.
  • Explain at least 3 mechanisms through which developmental trauma can impact emotion regulation, safety, trust, and connection.
  • Identify at least 3 therapist skills or characteristics to facilitate clients’ attachment repair.
  • Name at least 2 therapist interventions that help build clients’ capacity to regulate emotions and nervous system activation.
  • Explain at least 3 reasons that individuals with development trauma may engage in behavior that appears to be perceived as excessively clingy, compliant, oppositional, and/or distrustful.
  • Expand clinicians' concept of adversity in their assessments for developmental trauma with socioeconomically and racially diverse clients.


Gabriela Staley MEd, 704 512 6523


Kathleen Gotelli MSW, LCSW, SEP
Oct 28, 2022
12:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Check-In Time
12:30 PM
0.40 - CEU
4.00 - Contact Hours
4.00 - NBCC Hours
4.00 - Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists
Live Webinar
Oct 28, 2022
12:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Live Webinar
Pre-registration Fee (before October 21).
Contact Hours
NBCC Hours
Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists