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HOPE FOR HEALING — Understanding Trauma and Attachment

March 14, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm


When we hear adoptive/foster parents say that they have tried everything, and they are ready to give up, chances are they are dealing with trauma and attachment issues.  These children who are afraid to trust can be some of the most difficult to understand and to parent, yet there are therapeutic parenting practices that will make a difference.  Please join this interactive workshop to learn more about attachment and how to help your children by knowing how to parent them and how to choose a good trauma informed therapist. 

This presentation will focus on the cycle of trauma and brain development and therapeutic parenting techniques.  It is based on the book “Hope for Healing, A Parent’s Guide to Trauma and Attachment”.  Regulation vs. dysregulation will bring insight for teachers, parents and professionals working with youth.  A power point presentation with practical examples will be used.


Mary is currently the Executive Director of The Association for Treatment and Training in The Attachment of Children (ATTACh).  She comes to us with years of personal and professional experience. She has worked with the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) doing successful grass roots recruitment for foster and adoptive families and as a post-adoption specialist.  She has earned accolades as the National Education Manager for the Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH) and is an experienced trainer who teaches and consults locally and nationally.  Mary’s under graduate degree is in Psychology with minors in Community Violence Prevention and Child Development, and her graduate work is in Counseling and Psychological Services.  Mary holds several National Certificates including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Family Based Placements (TCIF) from Cornell University, and is a Nationally Certified Family Group Decision Making Facilitator (FGDM).

Mary has fostered many children over 25 years and is an adoptive parent of 5. She is also a Guardian ad Litem (CASA) and has experience with advocacy and success in obtaining services necessary for children.  Mary shares her vast experience in an engaging and practical manner.



March 14, 2015
10:30 am - 2:00 pm




Coon Rapids Middle School
11600 Raven Street NW
Coon Rapids, MN United States
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