We know that the need to continually grow as a professional is important not only for self-fulfillment and an increase commitment to one’s profession, but also to ensure that our skills and knowledge are constantly honed and refined to better inform our work. In the field of adoption and more pointedly in counseling adoptive families, it is imperative that clinicians and practitioners keep abreast of the current methodologies and professional trainings to ensure families are cared for at the highest level.
This week Spence-Chapin is hosting the Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska’s NYC course on Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children: EMDR and Family Therapy. Our staff and other clinicians from the area are participating in a 3-day workshop that will give them better tools to treat children with a history of attachment trauma.
EMDR and Family Therapy Integrative Model: Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children is a research-based program for children with a history of attachment disruptions and/or trauma who are exhibiting behaviors associated with Attachment Disorder . This treatment views attunement, relationship, and trauma resolution as the keys to healing children exhibiting behaviors that are destructive to relationships within a family. The belief is that these behaviors are rooted in fear and driven by negative beliefs related to past traumas and disrupted attachments. The EMDR Integrative Team Model training teaches a team approach to help affected children and their families.
As our Spence-Chapin clinicians take part in this workshop, they will leave with additional skills in their repertoire that will help them to better serve older children adopted from the foster care system.