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The Developmental Trauma and Attachment Institute aims to revitalize and enhance your work with children and families. As a member, you'll gain access to specialized knowledge, acquire advanced skills, mentorship, case consultation, and build connections with others who...just get it! With the support of our scholarly practitioners, you'll find it much easier to seek out opportunities and develop professionally while still balancing your busy schedule.

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This Course

In this 60 minute recorded webinar, originally recorded in July of 2022 from the Developmental Trauma and Attachment Institute, explores themes like attachment, trauma, and evidence-based therapy practices are explored. It underscores the significance of comprehending attachment as a developmental process and trauma as significant events that can influence said process.

Moreover, the importance of thorough assessment in trauma treatment is highlighted, acknowledging the different forms of trauma and the complexities involved in current therapy approaches.

It raises apprehensions about the predominant focus on individual symptoms over system dynamics in therapy and the challenges of applying standardized methods to diverse demographics.

This course emphasizes the necessity of integrating attachment and trauma comprehension into therapy practices while accommodating intricate systems and individual differences.

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Karen Doyle Buckwalter, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S

Karen Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S is a therapist, author, and podcaster. She has more than 30 years of experience working with families specializing in attachment and trauma issues primarily in the fields of foster care and adoption.

She has co-authored journal articles and book chapters as well as articles that have appeared in Adoption Today and Fostering Families Today Magazines. Her first book, Attachment Theory in Action, edited with Debbie Reed was released in 2017 and former host of the Attachment theory In Action podcast. Her second book co-authored with Debbie Reed and Wendy Lyons Sunshine, Raising the Challenging Child, released in January 2020.

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