Learning objectives center around equipping participants with practical tools to help "children from hard places" heal and form healthy attachments.

  • To help understand the specific needs of the whole child, the principles of empowering, connecting and correcting, and practical steps that can help children heal. This is accomplished by: helping parents see their children with ‘eyes of compassion’; understanding the needs of the whole child; and offering hope from the scientific research that all children can heal if their parents are insightful and equipped.

  • To provide an in-depth look at the impact of trauma on children, including effects in their brain development, neurochemistry, sensory processing, attachment behaviors and ability to self-regulate. Presenter will review a wide range of research that gives insight into development deficits that impact “children from hard places,” but also focuses on helping parents/caregivers to see beyond maladaptive behaviors to the “real child”.

  • To encourage the parent to look at their adult attachment style and his/her motivations and expectations in helping his/her child develop a secure attachment. This session will: help understand the impact the parent’s own history can have on the relationship; provide parent’s insights and skills to help them begin to process their own histories; challenge parents to focus on what they bring to the parent-child relationship.

  • To provide a summary of attachment and key attachment research, focusing on the role of attachment as the foundation for the parent/child relationship. This session will also focus on helping parents/caregivers understand how to rebuild and repair ruptured attachments for “children from hard places”.

  • To present an overview of how sensory processing and neurochemistry is affected in “children from hard places.” Specifically, this session will focus on: signs of sensory processing deficits and disorder; strategies to effectively respond to and deal with sensory processing issues; research relating altered neurochemistry in “children from hard places.”

  • To offer insights, strategies and tools parents need to achieve effective behavioral change in their children while promoting lasting connection and healing.