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When Things Seem Out of Control: Crisis Prevention Planning with Dysregulated Youth

Total Credits: 2 including 2 APA Credit, 2 California Board of Registered Nurses, 2 California CLE, 2 California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors

Average Rating:
Child Trauma - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) |  Trauma in General
Lesley A. Slavin, Ph.D.
Course Levels:
Appropriate for All Levels
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


Helping youth identify their trauma reactions and prevent episodes of emotional and behavioral dysregulation is an important part of providing care that is truly trauma-informed. "Crisis Prevention Planning" is a process where caregivers collaborate with youth to plan for times when they become dysregulated. It involves efforts to develop a clear picture of the situations and stimuli that tend to trigger traumatic memories and episodes of intrusive re-experiencing, and efforts to identify the maladaptive coping behaviors the youth typically engages in.

Crisis Prevention plans include information to help caregivers and youth pick up on the warning signs that precede these behaviors, and identify ways a young person can soothe or distract themselves when they are having trouble regulating. Crisis Prevention Plans help caregivers anticipate what they can do that is likely to be helpful and what is not helpful when the youth becomes dysregulated. Use of these plans has been an effective strategy for decreasing use of seclusion and restraint in residential care settings. This workshop will provide tools for crisis prevention planning with youth, including a template for a safety plan developed for youth in Hawai'i. 


  • Investigate higher brain processes in youth.
  • Analyze key phases of trauma responses.
  • Understand the steps for a crisis prevention plan and how to implement.

Originally recorded as part of IVAT's Speaker Bureau


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Chief Psychologist

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD), Hawaii State Department of Health

Lesley A. Slavin, Ph.D. is the Chief Psychologist of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD), Hawai'i State Department of Health. Lesley provides training and clinical consultation throughout the state, and provides clinical supervision to the psychologists who work in the CAMHD regional Family Guidance Centers and the Family Court Liaison Branch. Lesley specializes in working with children and adolescents who have severe emotional disturbances and their families. During her years at CAMHD, Lesley has been the Project Manager for a grant-funded initiative to eliminate seclusion and restraint in residential care, and the Co-Principle Investigator of Project Kealahou, a system-of-care grant project focused on developing specialized services for girls exposed to significant trauma. A licensed clinical psychologist, Lesley received her Ph.D. psychology from the University of Vermont and her B.A. in psychology from Tufts University.  

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