Free Webinar: How to do Root Work in Trauma Treatment Using Feedback Loops and Playbooks

The traumatized child will present extreme problem symptoms (i.e., self-harm, depression, aggression, suicidal thoughts, etc.) when they first enter treatment. Without specialized tools, the therapist will often only treat the child’s symptoms (the weeds) and not impact the underlying causes or undercurrents (the roots) of the trauma. When this happens, relapse in trauma treatment is high. In response, the FST| Family Systems Trauma Model uses the techniques of feedback loops to help your clients visually identify the root causes of the child’s trauma. Sample trauma playbooks are then used to show the family what can happen in the future if playbooks are used to introduce what is called healthy undercurrents to heal the child’s traumatic symptoms permanently.

Wednesday, September 11

1 - 2 pm EST

Register HERE for Free

In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • Why it is so important for relapse prevention and permanent client change to engage in rootwork or heal the underlying causes of the child’s traumatic symptoms?
  • How to use the technique of “before” and “after” feedback loop drawing with their own clients after watching a videotaped case example.
  • How the feedback loop technique will quickly help your family locate the underlying causes of the child symptoms and what to do next through the use of trauma playbooks.
  • The bonus technique of “externalizing the problem” will also be presented and illustrate how feedback loops have a secondary benefit of helping family members shift their mindset from “just fix my kid” to “we all have to change."


Live Q & A with the instructor is encouraged.

NOTE: Continuing education credits and attendance certificates are NOT provided for this free webinar.

Scott P. Sells, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, LMFT, is the author of three books, Treating the Tough Adolescent: A Family-Based, Step-by-Step Guide (1998), Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love (2001), and Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach (2017).

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