Welcome to the Institute

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

The course is a recorded 60 minute webinar that was originally held in the Institute in Aug of 2022.

It explores the impact of traumatic experiences on neurobiological development, behavior, and recovery, especially in children. It stresses the significance of considering the cultural context in trauma response and recovery, along with legal and ethical implications for trauma victims. Key points include:   Traumatic experiences are intricate and can trigger diverse emotional and physiological responses in children.   Post-trauma reactions vary and are influenced by prior experiences and developmental stage.   Trauma can result in secondary adversities, life changes, and distressing reminders affecting children's adjustment and recovery.   It is crucial to address safety concerns and nurture protective factors to mitigate trauma's adverse effects.   Trauma significantly impacts a child's development, encompassing cognitive functioning and emotional regulation.

This presentation also discusses Problem-Based Learning as a student-centered method to enhance critical thinking and ongoing learning.

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Josh Carlson, MSW, LCSW

Josh Carlson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Executive Director of The Knowledge Center at Chaddock. He oversees the training and consultation endeavors TKC offers and is one of the lead trainers. Josh’s areas of expertise are training and coaching related to trauma-informed schools and managing secondary trauma through self-care. He offers workshops in both private and public schools and has spoken regionally and nationally on these topics.

Josh combines his over 20 years of experience at Chaddock with humor and fun that engages his audiences as they learn. He has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Josh is trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). Josh loves being a father to his four children and you will also find him volunteering at the local Community Theater as an actor in plays and musicals.

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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