CHILDREN WITH DISRUPTED ATTACHMENT (4 Programs)

"When a child has a poor attachment to their parent, it leads to all kinds of problems, because they have not learned how to regulate their emotions, they have not learned self-control, they have not learned self-reliance in a positive way. So all these problems come out in every other relationship in their life." Alexandra Cook, PhD
A secure attachment system forms the foundation for a child's development. The often devastating impact of attachment disorder on children's sense of self, and on their capacity to form attachments with new caregivers, can pose major challenges for foster and adoptive parents, as well as for therapists and group home staff.


In this four-video series, the presenters describe the impact of attachment disorder on the ways that children see themselves and interact with others, and how adults can respond most effectively. They explore such topics as setting limits, avoiding power struggles, providing structure, and building a trusting relationship. Their observations are reinforced by the accounts of foster and adoptive parents, group home staff, and former foster children. The presenters emphasize the importance of understanding what drives children's behaviors, rather than simply reacting to them, and provide concrete suggestions for containing negative behaviors and improving adult-child interactions.


The four programs are:
1. UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN WITH DISRUPTED ATTACHMENT
This introductory video explains the internal effects of attachment disorder, and the behaviors that children lacking a "secure base" may display. Intended for parents, residential care workers, and therapists. 42 minutes
TOPICS:
Secure Attachment
Disrupted Attachment
Neglect
Violence and Abuse
Internal Effects of Attachment Disorder
Behavioral Effects of Attachment Disorder
Obstacles to Rebuilding Attachment
Reactive Attachment Disorder Diagnosis
"You can tell them that you love them, you can tell them that you're going to keep them safe, you can tell them all these things, but it takes them years to really believe that that's actually what you're doing. They have no trust. They can't trust themselves, let alone trust anybody else." Denise, Adoptive Mother


2. PARENTING CHILDREN WITH DISRUPTED ATTACHMENT
This video examines issues encountered by parents, including foster parents, adoptive parents, or family members who are caring for a child with attachment disorder. 45 minutes
TOPICS:
Understanding Behaviors
Testing Limits
Ongoing Repair and Crises
Developmental Level
Developing Trust
Routine, Consistency, Predictability
Attunement
Limits and Control
Containment and Self-Regulation
Self-Care
Building Basic Skills
Feelings
Touch


"In order to create attachment with a child, the staff have to be safe. You're not going to have access to them unless you present in a way that appears to them safe. So you cannot create an attachment with the kids unless you're aware of your own self-care. " Frank Grijalva, Residential Care Consultant
3. CARING FOR CHILDREN WITH DISRUPTED ATTACHMENT
This video discusses issues affecting residential staff, including child care workers, camp counselors, and group home supervisors. 44 minutes
TOPICS:
Importance of Attachment
Understanding Behaviors
Testing Limits
Ongoing Repair and Crises
Developmental Level
Developing Trust
Routine, Consistency, Predictability
Limits and Control
Containment and Self-Regulation
Self-Care
Building Basic Skills
Feelings
Touch
Strengthening Families
Maintaining Connection


"If the child ultimately is going to come to trust the containing relationship, at some point in that containing relationship, they're going to have to hate you, and find out that their hating you doesn't break the connection between you, doesn't cast them out into the darkness, doesn't cast you into your dark place, doesn't make you punishing or abandoning." Vivienne Roseby, PhD
4. TREATING CHILDREN WITH DISRUPTED ATTACHMENT
This video discusses therapeutic issues, and is intended for counselors, social workers, and therapists. 43 minutes
TOPICS:
Therapist as Coach
Therapeutic Interaction
Building a Sense of Self; Safety
The Therapeutic Relationship
Structuring Therapy Sessions
Therapeutic Issues
Therapeutic Techniques


*Programs also available individually.

THE TRAINER'S GUIDE
The 60-page trainer's guide includes objectives, reproducible viewer handouts, review and discussion questions, and a resource list. The appendices include a journal article, a book chapter, and a parent checklist, described below.
Kinniburgh, Kristine, & Blaustein, Margaret. Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC): A Comprehensive Framework for Intervention with Complexly Traumatized Youth, Psychiatric Annals, 35(5), 2005, p. 424-430. The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model provides a component-based framework for intervention, and is grounded in theory and empirical knowledge about the effects of trauma. It emphasizes the importance of understanding and intervening with the child-in-context, with a philosophy that systemic change leads to effective and sustainable outcomes.
Chapter 6, "Reparenting the Hurt Child", from Richard Kagan's book, Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children: Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect (Haworth Press, 2004), discusses community support, countertransference, misbehavior, developing trust, giving directions, choices and consequences, life skills, affect management, matching children and families, reality-based expectations, and psychotropic medications.
Vivienne Roseby's checklist for parents, "The Two Step For Managing Limits, Disappointments and Other Upsets: Relate And Contain," discusses noticing your child, opening up and being available, verbalizing the limits, and enfolding with safety.


ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:


Margaret E. Blaustein, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children and families impacted by chronic trauma. She is the Associate Director of Children's Services and Director of Training at The Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Alexandra Cook, PhD is Director of Development and Evaluation Services at The Trauma Center. She is also co-author of With the Phoenix Rising: Lessons from Ten Resilient Women who Overcame the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Richard Kagan, PhD is Director of Psychological Services at Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, New York. He is author of Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children, Real Life Heroes, and Wounded Angels.
Vivienne Roseby, PhD is in private practice in Davis, California, where she specializes in working with attachment and character disorder. She is coauthor of In the Name of the Child and Helping Children in Highly Conflicted and Violent Divorced Families.
Thomas Young, MFT was a school psychologist and special education director, and has been in private practice since 1985, specializing in children with attachment disorders.


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