A four-part series about children with disrupted attachment.
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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 affects their capacity to recover from violence and abuse in the home, and to form attachments with new caregivers if necessary.
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
This introductory video explains the internal effects of attachment disorder, and the behaviors that children lacking a "secure base" may display. Topics include secure attachment, disrupted attachment, neglect, violence and abuse, internal effects of attachment disorder, behavioral effects of attachment disorder, and obstacles to rebuilding attachment. - 42 min.
This video examines issues encountered by parents, including foster parents, adoptive parents, and family members who are caring for a child with attachment disorder. Topics include 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 and touch. - 45 minutes
This video discusses issues affecting staff, including child care workers, camp counselors, and group home supervisors.
Topics include the importance of attachment, understanding behaviors, testing limits, ongoing repair and crises, developmental level, developing trust, routine, consistency, and predictability, limits and control, containment and self-regulation, self-care, building basic skills, feelings, touch, strengthening families and maintaining connection. - 44 minutes
This video discusses therapeutic issues, and is intended for counselors, social workers, and therapists. Topics include the therapist as coach, therapeutic interaction, building a sense of self, safety, the therapeutic relationship, structuring therapy sessions, therapeutic issues, and therapeutic techniques. - 43 minutes
Complete Program - "Children with Disruption Attachment" includes four DVDs Part One, -- minutes, and Part Two, -- minutes, and a 60-page trainer's guide that 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.
The presenters in this program include:
- Margaret E. Blaustein, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children and families impacted by chronic trauma. She is Director of Education and Training at The Trauma Center in Brookline, MA
- 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 disorder.
- Joseph Benamati, EdD is Director of the Residential Treatment Facility at Parsons Child and Family Center.
- Dawn Flagler is Residential Treatment Facility Transition Coordinator at Parsons Child and Family Center, and has worked in residential care and special education since 1984.
- Frank Grijalva is a clinical consultant inadolescent residential services, an international trainer in Classroom-Based Intervention, and trained dolphins for the US Navy for 8 years.
- Forrest Hurd is supervisor at a residential facility for 9- to 11-year old boys near Modesto, California.
- Kathy Ryan, LCSW is former Director of Mental Health Residential Services at Parsons Child and Family Center.
- Raymond Schimmer, MAT is at Parsons Child and Family Center as Director of Education, Day Treatment, and Residential Services.