Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust and Love

19 May 2023 Live & On Demand

9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST



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.

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.

Certification Training in Trauma and Attachment Therapy with Children, Adults, Couples, and Families

6 Sessions: June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2

11 a.m. EST



Having safe and secure emotional attachments as a child with parents and caregivers, and with our adult partners, is a basic human need. Attachment styles developed in childhood stay with us for a lifetime, and influence our emotional security, the personal meaning we give to experiences, and our ability to create and maintain closeness, trust, safety, and stability in intimate relationships.

Early attachment experiences wire brain circuits, create core beliefs (i.e. internal working models), and form the template for future relationships. Disrupted, anxious and disorganized attachment often results in depression, anxiety disorders, shame, aggressive and self-destructive behaviors, toxic relationships, and physical illness.

This intermediate-level webinar is appropriate for mental health, social services, and child welfare professionals. You will learn the theory and clinical skills necessary to facilitate positive change and healing with clients who have experienced trauma and attachment wounds. You will learn effective assessment and therapeutic techniques to help children, adults, couples and families, based on the latest research and clinical advancements in trauma and attachment therapy, family systems therapy, neurobiology, and post-traumatic growth.

Clinical videos will illustrate the process of change regarding: negative core beliefs and attitudes; developing attachment security in children and adults; trauma-based emotions, behaviors, coping strategies, and somatic reactions; self-regulation; communication, family dynamics and resilience; and helping controlling, defiant, angry and resistant clients. Via PowerPoint presentation, video case studies, and discussion, you will learn how to help clients achieve symptom reduction, healing from trauma, meaningful friendships, and fulfilling lives.

Trauma and Attachment Therapy: Experiential Interventions

4 One-Hour On-Demand Training Modules
Register at: essentialtherapytraining.com

Early attachment experiences affect the wiring and biochemistry of the brain, create core beliefs and narratives, and form the template for future relationships. Early developmental trauma (i.e., disrupted and compromised attachment) often causes depression, anxiety, shame, emotional dysregulation, somatic symptoms, and antisocial behavior.

 In this webinar series, Dr. Levy, teaches you the concepts and skills necessary to facilitate positive change with clients who are experiencing trauma and attachment wounds. Via PowerPoint presentation and clinical videos, you will learn effective therapeutic techniques to help children, adults, couples and families achieve trauma resolution and develop secure attachment in their relationships.

Clinical videos will illustrate how experiential interventions promote change and healing regarding the following issues:

  • Negative core beliefs, narratives and mindsets.
  • Avoidant and anxious attachment patterns in children and adults.
  • Trauma-related emotions, behaviors, cognitions and neurobiology (e.g., PTSD, dissociation and other survival coping strategies).
  • Emotional and behavioral dysregulation (anger, impulse control, self-harm, aggression).
  • Communication, problem-solving and conflict-management.
  • Dysfunctional and harmful family dynamics (e.g., abuse, neglect, rejection, betrayal).
  • Facilitating motivation and cooperation with defensive, controlling and resistant clients.