Evergreen Psychotherapy is a leader in the education and training of mental health and social service professionals, therapeutic foster parents, child welfare workers and parent educators in Japan.

Our team visits Japan every two years. However, a delegation of Japanese professionals pays a yearly visit to us here at the Evergreen Psychotherapy Center and the Attachment Treatment and Training Institue. The goal of our longstanding collaboration with Japan’s mental health and social service systems is to emphasize the importance of healthy family relationships, trauma-informed therapy and therapeutic parenting.

In the last decade, the Japanese have made vast changes in their approach to mental healthcare — specifically in the assessment and treatment of attachment and trauma disorders. Many cities and communities have ongoing study groups that use our institute’s theories, treatment and parenting methodologies.

In May 2012, Dr. Terry Levy and Michael Orlans were invited to visit communities devastated by the tsunami that hit the previous year. They fielded questions about how to care for children who lost parents in the disaster, how to deal with loss and grief, and how to encourage ongoing community support for people who were traumatized.

The Evergreen Psychotherapy team’s next trip to Japan is scheduled for June 2014.