Attachment is the deep and enduring biological, emotional, and social connection that children and caregivers establish early in life. Attachment quality affects the development of a child’s mind, brain, emotions, relationships, biochemistry, and morality.
Corrective Attachment Parenting is designed to help children who have experienced abuse, neglect, losses, moves, insensitive caregiving, and compromised attachment. Parenting these children is very challenging; they are often mistrustful, angry, controlling, oppositional, and defend against closeness and love. To be a healing parent means to be therapeutic with your child, to be mindful, and to have the right information, skills, self-awareness, support, hope, and healing attitude. Read More
This workshop will present concepts, skills, and solutions from Terry Levy’s book: Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust and Love (Child Welfare League of America, 2006). It is appropriate for adoptive and foster parents, parents whose children are emotionally and behaviorally challenging, and for mental health, child welfare, school, adoption, foster care, medical, and legal system professionals who help and support these children and families.
Learning formats will include lecture, video examples, and skill-building exercises, enabling participants to practice effective parenting skills, strategies, and solutions.
1. Describe basic principles: biology and psychology of attachment and trauma; core concepts of child development; family system dynamics; principles of change; creating a healing environment; 10 C’s of loving leadership.
2. Identify assessment skills: understand causes, symptoms, defenses, patterns, biochemical imbalances, and concurrent conditions of secure and compromised attachment (early developmental trauma); identify three pillars of assessment and six symptom categories; describe the internal working model and core beliefs; understand children in a deep, comprehensive, and holistic way.
3. Explain a mindful parenting approach: benefits of “looking in the mirror”, how to avoid being “triggered”, using the Life Script to be aware of mindset, self-talk, emotional reactions, attachment history, body signals, and coping strategies; applying mind-body stress management techniques to remain calm and avoid burnout.
4. Demonstrate effective parenting skills: maintain a confident and constructive attitude; use competency-based parenting; provide beneficial rules, choices, and consequences; teach prosocial coping skills (e.g., anger management, problem solving, communication, impulse control); stay calm and calm your child; respond therapeutically to anger, defiance, and control battles; serve as a secure base; be proactive not reactive; increase self-esteem, motivation, respect, responsibility and trust; modify negative core beliefs; foster a sense of belonging; reduce sibling conflicts; improve co-parenting, marital, and family relationships.
5. Use Attachment Communication Training (ACT): understand how communication is the key to secure attachment; learn communication guidelines and skills which foster empathy, attunement, connection, positive problem-solving and conflict-management; practice ACT skills and steps, apply ACT to improve marital, co-parenting, and parent-child relationships.
About the Speaker
Terry M. Levy, Ph.D., D.A.P.A., B.C.F. E., has been a psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and consultant for over 40 years. Dr. Levy is the director of Evergreen Psychotherapy Center and the Attachment Treatment and Training Institute in Evergreen, Colorado. 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 the co-author of the best-seller Attachment, Trauma & Healing (2nd edition, 2014, Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London), editor of Handbook of Attachment Interventions (2000, Elsevier Press) and co-author 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. Dr. Levy is a clinical member of the American, Colorado, and Florida Psychological Associations, American and Colorado Associations of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Family Therapy Academy, and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.
CPD / CE / NBCC credits available: 6
How do I receive these credits?
The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.
The post-test is included in the price of the training.
Does my regulatory body accept the credits?
The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.
Our trainings are accredited by:
– The CPD Group, London
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Australian Counselling Association
– National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)