Attachment and Trauma: Healing Children/Healthy Caregivers
Thursday, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2021
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
Attachment is the deep and enduring connection that children and caregivers establish early in life. Attachment influences the developing child’s brain, emotions, behavior, relationships, worldview, and morality, and is linked to psychological, social, and physical health through the lifespan.
Children typically experience developmental traumas (i.e., disrupted and compromised attachment) due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, instability, and multiple moves and caregivers (e.g., changes in family foster homes). Currently, children, as well as parents and caregivers, have additional anxiety, stress and trauma in their families, communities, and schools due to COVID-19.
The role of parent/caregiver is challenging, particularly with children who have special needs and a history of trauma. Children can be anxious, depressed, angry, mistrustful, and “push your buttons.” To be a parent who focuses on healing you need information, skills, support, self-awareness, confidence, and hope. To be a positive role model and mentor, you must practice self-care and effectively manage stress.
This training is appropriate for social services, mental health, school, medical, legal and administrative professionals, and for caregivers and parents (biological, adoptive, and foster).
Learning formats will include PowerPoint, Q&A, and skill-building exercises. The following topics are covered during four (4) two-hour individual training sessions:
- Session 1: Understanding attachment and trauma.
- Session 2: Positive parenting/caregiving concepts and skills.
- Session 3: Self-care practices for parents, caregivers, and helping agents, to avoid burn-out and maintain health (mind-body-spirit).
- Session 4: Issues and solutions for children, adults, families, schools, and communities dealing with the adversity and hardships of COVID-19.
Training Dates and Time: Each of the four (4) training sessions will be held on Thursdays in February for (2) two hours, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST: February 4, 2021; February 11, 2021; February 18, 2021; and February 25, 2021.
Trainer: Terry M. Levy, Ph.D., D.A.P.A., B.C.F.E.
Dr. Levy has been a psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor, and consultant for over 45 years. Dr. Levy is the director of the Evergreen Psychotherapy Center and the Attachment Treatment and Training Institute in Evergreen, CO. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Colorado and Florida, a Board-Certified Forensic Examiner, and a Diplomate and Master Therapist of the American Psychotherapy Association. He is coauthor of the best seller Attachment, Trauma & Healing (2nd edition, 2014, Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London), editor of Handbook of Attachment Interventions (2000, Elsevier Press), and coauthor of Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust and Love (2006, Child Welfare League of America).
Dr. Levy was the founder and previous Director of the Family Life Center (Florida) and the Miami Psychotherapy Institute, which offered family systems treatment and training. He was co-founder and past president of the Board of Directors of the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh), an international organization dedicated to attachment and its critical importance to human development.
Training Registration Fee for CWLA Members $200; for Non-Members $250
Training CEUs for CWLA Members $25; for Non-Members $35
Eight (8) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for the four training sessions, provided through NASW – Washington State Chapter. Participants must submit session evaluations and quizzes to receive CEUs.
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Training Location: The training will be virtual using the Zoom platform. Zoom links will be sent out once participants have registered for the training.
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