Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 9 am – 3 pm
- Working effectively with youth and parents who have lived through attachment disruptions and relational trauma requires a specific set of skills and perspectives not often taught in clinical training. It requires an ability to see behavior as cues to survival needs, to actively engage family relational systems, and to tolerate at times explosive expression of fear and loss and still draw out humor, play and delight in “attachment moments”. No one “best practice” provides a complete tool box, attunement, curiosity and self- reflection skills are essential. Join seasoned therapists and trainers Deena McMahon and Krista Nelson in this unique day with colleagues to reignite your energy, focus and confidence to work in this way with families impacted by Reactive Attachment Disorder. Attachment assessment, treatment planning and integrative therapy interventions will be demonstrated and actively practiced, even role played. The day will begin and end with mindfully naming the impact of relational trauma on ourselves as professional healers and sowing seeds of resilience in our clients and ourselves.
Deena McMahon, MSW, LICSW has more than 20 years of experience as a therapist working with families and children. She speaks throughout Minnesota and nationally on the dynamics of attachment, brain development, early trauma and how to effectively serve children and families involved in the child welfare system. She also has expertise in child sexual abuse and frequently serves as an expert witness in court proceedings regarding permanency issues.
Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT has been the Project Coordinator for the Wilder Foundation Center for Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder in St. Paul since 2001. Nelson is a licensed family therapist and clinical social worker with 25-years of experience working with children and families going through difficult life transitions.