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Speaking at 2022 Colorado CASA State Conference

October 8, 2022

Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leikier

“How Trauma Impacts Behavior: Implicit Memories and the 6 F’s”
Presented by Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker to the 2022 Colorado CASA State Conference

The behaviors of children who have experienced trauma can be baffling to the adults around them, and it can be easy to forget that these behaviors may feel just as baffling to the children themselves. While all behaviors are rooted in trying to meet a need, those that arise from implicit memories may feel harder to identify and navigate, because they aren’t accompanied by a clear narrative of the traumatic events that occurred. This presentation will offer insight into how implicit memories develop, and help to demystify behaviors that are caused by common trauma reactions. The “6 F’s” (Fight, Flight, Freeze, Friend, Fidget, and Flop) will be explained, as well as tools for supporting the de-escalation of behavioral reactions resulting from trauma.

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Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker is a licensed psychologist, international/transracial adoptee of color, and an adoptive parent. She specializes in providing mental health support focused on adoption, trauma, and racial identity work through her private practice based in Denver, Colorado. She is a frequent speaker and trainer at adoption agencies, camps, and conferences throughout the U.S., and the creator of the National Adoptee-Therapist Directory. She authored “The Adoptee Self-Reflection Journal,” “The Adoptive Parent Self-Reflection Journal,” and will be releasing a children’s book series entitled “Adoptees Like Me” for elementary-age adoptees in 2022.


October 8, 2022
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Colorado CASA
(303) 623-5380
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Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows
10345 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124 United States
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(303) 925-0004
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