Lessons from the Toughest Kids: Working with Attachment and Trauma Issues

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Fernbank Museum

767 Clifton Road

Atlanta, GA 30307

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Practical, Evidence-Based Strategies for Working with Challenging Children and Adolescents

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Sought after speaker, trainer and published author Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S brings her vast knowledge and expertise from over 25 years of working with some of the nation's most complex children.

Accompanied by colleague and trauma-informed schools expert Josh Carlson, LCSW, this one day workshop, presented by The Knowledge Center at Chaddock, includes engaging lecture, discussion, video and role play.

Workshop Summary:

We're taking you beyond theory and book knowledge! Lessons from the Toughest Kids will give you fresh, new ideas for those times when you are feeling totally ineffective when working with kids and parents. The lessons are gleaned from seasoned therapists who have worked in residential treatment, foster care and adoption, outpatient settings and schools. This workshop will make the theoretical practical for professionals working with kids and engaging parents.

The lessons shared will make complicated concepts from neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology and research easily digestible and highlight common pitfalls when dealing with attachment issues and complex trauma. This workshop will be presented in a “do this, not that ” framework, pointing out mistakes made even when therapists or parents think they are being “therapeutic". The importance of therapists and parents working together as a team will also be discussed along with how to improve parent engagement and buy-in.

Karen and Josh will be distilling concepts from the many clinical models they use in the field, including the Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program (DTAP®), Theraplay®, Trust-Based Relational intervention (TBRI®), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Attachment Regulation and Competency (ARC) and Video Intervention Therapy.

Your ticket also includes a complimentary copy of Chaddock's newest book "Raising the Challenging Child."

The Overarching Principles:

I. Be A Leader

Encouraging parents to change their approach and knowing when to change yours. We'll discuss the "battle tested" strategies, in our experience, have worked with hundreds of kids and families of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds and family compositions.

II. Dig Deeper

Challenging parents to move beyond the "what" of a child's behavior to consider the why. How do we provide a road map to help parents recognize the subtle, and not-so-subtle ways that children express their needs? How do we help parents shift entrenched, unhelpful views of their children's behaviors?

III. Prepare for Success

Laying out the steps for both the parent and child to reduce trigger points. How can you implement strategies in advance, before they are ever needed to reduce meltdowns? When and specifically how do both therapists and parents need to intervene with challenging children?

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to define 3 overarching principles in working with challenging kids.

2. Participants will be able to describe and give examples of applying strategies from each of the overarching principles.

3. Participants will be able to formulate a plan to apply 2 lessons covered with one of their most challenging situations in a clinical practice, school setting or human service organizations.

Tickets for this event:

Early Bird tickets for this event are ON SALE NOW through April 1st!

Spaces are limited.


CEUs will be available for an additional purchase cost of $50 per person (please see tickets below). You can purchase CEUs at any time prior to and on the days of the event. CEU information will be gathered at the event and certificates will be emailed to attendees after the completion of the event. 6 CEU hours will be available.

The Agenda:

8:30am-9:00am: Registration and Beverages

9:00am-12 Noon: Workshop Session

12 Noon-1:00pm: Lunch on your own

1:00pm-4:00pm: Workshop Session

Do you have additional questions regarding this event? Contact Kirsty Ruggles, Knowledge Center Manager using the following contact information:

kruggles@chaddock.org or (217) 592 0404


Who is this workshop for?

Therapists or professionals working with children and families in clinical practice, school settings or human service organizations including case workers, child welfare and counselors.

What's the refund policy?

Tickets are valid for refund up to 30 days prior to this event, after this time we will be unable to provide a refund.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?

No, unfortunately due to the exclusivity of this event your ticket will not be transferable.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

We would prefer it that the name on your ticket matches the person who attends.

*There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

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