Attunement and Attachment with Children from Hard Places
December 5 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Everywhere we communicate about relationships with one another, it seems that we find ourselves talking about “needing space”. This useful term has many different meanings for different people because we all grew up in different homes in different places with different rules. As parents of children who came to us through adoption, foster or kinship care, we add the layer of meaning which will be the focus of this session.
In this training, adoptive mom and LMFT LauraBeth DeHority is going to provide a short overview on what some of the modern theorists in attachment, mindfulness and trauma are talking about these days in the conversation about creating healthy spaces. And then, we are going to apply those findings to the specific challenges of adoption, foster and kinship parenting.
Training Learning Outcomes:
- Adoption/Foster Care/Kinship Care Learn what proximity is and how it is a useful tool to balance closeness with healthy space.
- Trauma. Taking what we have learned about proximity, we’ll build a toolkit to address the trauma present in our homes. The wounds of actual, vicarious, and parallel trauma (unique to adoption, foster and kinship) need different tools, so we will touch on each.
- Attachment What is the quality and quantity of closeness that is appropriate for different levels of attachment? How can the right distance and proximity help balance fears and lay a foundation for secure attachments?
Trainer Bio: LauraBeth DeHority, PsyD, LMFT is an adoptive parent and therapist in private practice who specializes in working with caregivers and families who are touched by all forms of special needs. She works with individuals, couples, siblings, groups and multi-generational families to provide support in areas of family roles, communication, stress reduction, anxiety, depression, grief, addiction and trauma release. She is a valued Help One Child trainer, blog article author and podcast guest, as well!
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