July Learning to Care

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Faith Presbyterian Church

2191 Mars Hill Road

Watkinsville, GA 30677

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Topic: Inside the Mind of a Child with Trauma and Disrupted Attachment


Description: When encountering a child who has been traumatized and has experienced compromised attachment, parents and professionals are often baffled by the seemingly bizarre behavior that follows movement to a new home. Children who have been neglected and abused find ways to sabotage placements in good families, creating dynamics similar to what they left. They may stay distant and not engage with their new families. These children may rage, be violent, steal, lie, and so much more. What is going through their minds? What motivates their behavior? How do they see themselves in relationship to the world? Come to gain understanding.

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1. Educate on trauma and attachment and how the two interact.

2. Learn about neurochemistry and typical development and what happens when it is interrupted.

3. Discuss a child's inner working model and how that is shaped.

4. Explore the first and second year attachment cycle and how that interacts with the development of the sense of self.

5. Address the common mental health struggles that can develop out of compromised attachment.

6. Understand how a child of trauma/compromised attachment is motivated.

7. Know the common symptoms of compromised attachment and understand the personal logic behind those behaviors.


Speaker Bio: Angela Mains, MA, LPC and Registered Play Therapist, currently leads the counseling program at Lifeline Children’s Services. Angela has worked solely with families who have adopted or are fostering for several years. She has received training in Theraplay, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Filial Therapy, Prepare/Enrich, and Corrective Attachment Therapy with Dr. Terry Levy of the Evergreen Psychotherapy Center. In addition to providing counseling to children and families, she has spoken about various topics to a variety of audiences, including parents and professionals both domestically and internationally. Angela is passionate about attachment and is excited to work with families who have welcomed adopted and foster children into their homes with the hope that God will use her as a vessel of healing in their lives.

Adoptive and foster parents are invited to come to this 2 hour workshop, earn CE credits, and enjoy free childcare.

Please note that only 50 seats are available and only the first 50 children to register will able to stay for childcare. If you register for childcare, you MUST complete the follow up childcare registration form that will be emailed to you immediately after registering for this event (or copy and paste this link into a new browser: https://goo.gl/forms/biUsoDweLCbbDm8G2).

We look forward to seeing you there!

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