Daring to care, Online 14.11.2023

Marjo Ruismäki talks about the ’Daring to Care’ group intervention that was developed in Trauma Centre Finland for parents who are recovering from childhood abuse. Daring to Care is an integrative model that combines elements of cognitive and trauma therapies to understanding gained from attachment and mentalization theories. There is a long 24-session and short 12-session form of the model. The intervention comprises psychoeducation, exercises, home assignments, and peer support. Over the last ten years, Ruismäki and her colleagues have gained experience of the benefits and limitations of Daring to Care as the first-phase treatment for complexly traumatized parents. Ruismäki presents the intervention’s principles and links them with the difficulties that complexly traumatized parents often experience.