Thu, Jun 25 | Online Event

Working with Youth who are Separated from Their Biological Families: The Impact of Traumatic Separation on Attachment!

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Working with Youth who are Separated from Their Biological Families: The Impact of Traumatic Separation on Attachment!

Time & Location

Jun 25, 2020, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Online Event

About the Event

Pamela Parkinson

Training Description

Do we realize the attachment trauma that family separation has on our kids of all ages? This includes kids being separated from their families in foster care, juvenile justice, immigrating to the U.S., etc. What does this breaking up of families do to our kids? This training will look at the deep attachment ruptures that are occurring in our kids in foster care and other ruptures that are happening in their lives and which are contributing to the behaviors/symptoms for which they are being referred to us for services. These ruptures are interfering with our kids having positive outcomes from our service delivery!

Learning Objectives

Review what is meant by the trauma of loss and the attachment ruptures that these traumatic losses create.

Learn how these original attachment ruptures create trauma in our kids, how this results in ongoing retraumatization, and ways that we can decrease the pain of these ruptures.

Identify the benefits of finding safe ways to keep families “intact” and offer services, after they have been separated, that will facilitate possible reunification.


10:00                     Sign In

10:00-11:30am        Discussion of what we mean by the trauma of loss through family separation and what is meant by attachment rupture?

11:30-11:45am        BREAK (CEUs will not be issued at this time) 

11:45-1:00pm          Review and describe why the healing of these family relationships are important whether the kids live with their families or not.  

1:00-1:30pm           LUNCH (CEUs will not be issued at this time)—Bring food or run and get something to eat for a working lunch during the training.

1:30-3:00pm            Explore Pain in Heart Theory (PITH) in relation to helping youth recover from the trauma of family separation.

3:00-3:45pm             BREAK (CEUs will not be issued at this time) 

3:45-4:30pm            Small Group work to explore strategies for healing the attachment ruptures that our youth experience during and after family separation! Ways we can advocate on behalf of this healing and how important it is to be addressed!

4:30                        ADJOURNMENT

This course meets the qualifications for (5.5) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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