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11-12 Nov 2016: Healing Blocked Trust and Blocked Care

Daniel HughesConference, Tampere, Finland, 11-12 Nov, 2016
Healing Blocked Trust and Blocked Care
The Basic Attachment-Focused Principles of Helping Traumatized Children and Adolescents at Home, Foster Care and School

Dr. Courtney Rennicke, USA

Hotelli RosendahlCombine effectice training and recreation! The recently renovated conference hotel Scandic Rosendahl offers a spectacular lakeside setting near the centre of Tampere, with extensive recreational facilities and the beauty of the surrounding nature.

The conference focuses on how to help children and adolescents with developmental trauma disorders, attachment disorders, and severe psychological and behavioral problems, typically having a history of abuse, neglect and violence. The tools presented in the training are based on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) developed by Dr. Daniel Hughes. Understanding behavior and its underlying causes from an attachment-based viewpoint is a key to helping many young people who otherwise would be very difficult to help. Treating their problems with attachment-focused principles and tools will gradually lead to healing of traumas by the means of therapeutic every-day parenting and treatment. How to build therapeutic parenting and nurture with the attitudes of love, playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy? How to utilize the tools of dyadic developmental psychotherapy to help a child or adolescent form capacity to attach, develop healthier emotional life and better relationships? How to promote the development of loving connections between these children and their caregivers?

When aiming to help children and adolescents with attachment problems, it is elementary to do it together with families and carers. This will essentially improve the effectiveness of treatment. A great deal of problems and disorders are caused by disturbances in primary attachment relationships. These disturbances keep on living their own life and may never be effectively brought into the focus of treatment. This way, a lot of time and growth potential is wasted and parents/carers feel that they lack the help they need. Building the bonds of attachment to parents or foster carers is the top priority. Thus, we need to repair the damages in the very relationships of the everyday. Parents and carers are the key persons in this work because their attachment patterns and therapeutic every-day life create the way a child or an adolescent engages in an emotional relationship. This work can only be done together with the joint parties in an attachment relationship, that is, the child or adolescent and the adult taking care of him or her. This is because healing only takes place interactively within an attachment relationship. The conference gives tools for this work.

Objective To provide tools for parents and professionals in families, schools, residential facilities, healthcare, social services and other organizations who work with children/adolescents suffering from traumatic developmental and attachment disorders. To give understanding of how to utilize DDP-based tools and PACE in everyday work and parenting. To learn to use DDP principles to build and support attachment-based relationships between children/adolescents and their parents/carers, allowing a new channel of therapeutic communication to develop as a way to gradual healing.

Target group Professionals working with traumatised children and young people in different contexts and who are in the position to care, assess or provide treatment/therapies for them, including foster carers/parents, psychologists, child psychiatrists, therapists and social workers in foster and residential care, family guidance clinics, child protection and welfare, psychiatric units, and special education in schools. Also teachers of educational institutions for social and health care, and teachers and researchers of universities are in an important position to disseminate new ways to help our most vulnerable clients.


Fri 11 Nov , 2016  |  Helping Traumatized Children at Home & in Foster Care

8.30–9.15 Registration and coffee
9.15–9.45 Opening
Pirjo Tuovila, Specialist in developmental and educational psychology
9.45–10.45 Blocked Trust: Reasons for Misbehavior
Dr. Courtney Rennicke
  • Hidden and Expressed Attachment Needs
  • Blocked Trust
  • Developmental Trauma Disorder
10.45–11.00 Break
11.00–12.00 Blocked Care: Reasons for Parenting Burnout
  • The Five Brain-Based Domains of Parenting
  • Blocked Care
12.00–13.00 Lunch
13.00–14.30 Undoing Blocked Trust with an Attachment-Focused Caregiving Approach: PACE
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy
  • Managing shame
14.30–15.00 Coffee
15.00–16.30 Undoing Blocked Care through Safety and Engagement with Parents
  • Safety and Engagement with Parents
  • Strategies to Support the Parenting Brain

Sat 12 Nov , 2016  |  Helping Traumatized Children at School

8.30–9.30 Assessment of Attachment Disordered Behaviors at School
Dr. Courtney Rennicke
  • How attachment disruptions in early life impact children at school
  • 5 Domains of Assessment
  • Examples of Assessing Attachment Disordered Children
9.30–10.00 Coffee
10.00–11.15 Attachment-Focused Strategies: Using PACE at School, Part I
  • Examples of how to apply PACE in Schools
  • 6 R’s in Education
11.15–12.15 Lunch
12.15–13.30 Attachment-Focused Strategies: Using PACE at School, Part II
  • An example of a PACE classroom in Canada
13.30–14.00 Coffee
14.00–15.15 Putting it All Together: Toward a Coherent Autobiographical Narrative
  • Taking Responsibility for Our Own Stories
  • New Meanings of Children’s Trauma and Loss through an Attachment Lens
15.15–15.30 Discussion & Closing Remarks

Program includes authentic video material.
Excellent simultaneous interpreting English-Finnish-English.

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