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Wed, Aug 16


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Trauma Bonding and Attachment with Trauma Survivors

Nicole Klasey, PsyD, Nancy Acosta

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Trauma Bonding and Attachment with Trauma Survivors
Trauma Bonding and Attachment with Trauma Survivors

Time & Location

Aug 16, 2023, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Nicole Klasey, PsyD, Nancy Acosta

Training Description

Given the numerous traumas system-involved youth have experienced, its crucial to understand how trauma impacts attachment. When we don't understand trauma bonding and attachment it makes it hard to understand why someone defends the person abusing them, stays in an abusive relationship, returns to an abusive partner, etc. This workshop will provide an overview of attachment and the impact trauma has on attachment and trauma bonding. Participants will learn what trauma bonds are, what they look like and how to support system involved youth and/or their caregivers who have a trauma bond.

Learning Objectives

· Participants will be able to identify at least 1 characteristic of trauma bonds

· Participants will be able to identify at least 1 way trauma affects attachment

· Participants will be able to identify at least 1 strategy to support system-involved youth who have a trauma bond


10:00am-10:15am  Introductions

10:15am-11:45am  Attachment and trauma

· Overview of attachment styles – secure, avoidant, anxious, disorganized

· Attachment styles and parenting – characteristics of parents and impact on child

· Impact of trauma on attachment – how does trauma affect attachment?

· Trauma, attachment and foster youth – understanding relational wounds, impact of trauma on boundaries

11:45am-12:00pm Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

12:00pm-1:45pm Trauma bonds

· Defining trauma bonds

· Warning signs a system-involved youth/young adult has a trauma bonds

· Supporting someone with a trauma bond – what can providers do?

· Vignettes – practice providing psychoeducation about trauma bonds and supporting someone with a trauma bond

1:45pm-2:00pm Closing

Meet Our Trainer

Nicole Klasey is a clinical psychologist who has worked with trauma survivors for 14 years. She currently consults with agencies on trauma-informed care, programming for commercially sexually exploited youth, vicarious trauma, and leadership development. Nicole has been training multidisciplinary audiences on trauma-related topics since 2015 and provides guest lectures at local universities on human trafficking.

Nancy Acosta is a bilingual therapist who has 7 years of experience working with trauma at a sexual assault center. She has provided services to children and adults in various settings including outpatient community mental health centers, college counseling centers, crisis centers, and in an integrated behavioral health setting. She has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy. She has experience providing training and supervision to doctoral level graduate students in trauma related topics including crisis intervention, vicarious trauma, and grounding techniques. In addition to developing a training manual for a student training program at a rape and crisis center, she also has experience supervising practicum students and providing support to staff and advocates. Nancy has experience working as a behavioral health consultant with multidisciplinary staff to improve recognition, treatment and management of behavioral problems and conditions.

This course meets the qualifications for (3.75) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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