This blog is my place to vent and share resources with other parents of children of trauma. I try to be open and honest about my feelings in order to help others know they are not alone. Therapeutic parenting of adopted teenagers with RAD and other severe mental illnesses and issues (plus "neurotypical" teens) , is not easy, and there are time when I say what I feel... at the moment. We're all human!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

ACT Conference!

I've been going to ACT seminars for the last few years and they are ALWAYS amazing. The Katharine Leslie seminars I've been to were put on by ACT (Advocates for Children of Trauma). I'm definitely going to find a way to go this year.

Making it Right: Trauma and Attachment Disorders, What Really Works?

Presented by; Lark Eshleman Patterson, Ph.D

Location: Mercado Event Center 1500 N Main St. Suite 300 Fort Worth, Texas 76164

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lunch on your own

Nursing and Social Work CEU’s Available

Given the complexity of developmental disorders associated with early attachment traumas, clinicians, parents and treatment team members all need a wide range yet cohesive approach to diagnostic and treatment options. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Become familiar with several screening and diagnostic tools to accurately assess compatible treatment options

  • Become familiar with the components and efficacy of the multiple intervention modalities represented in STAT™ -- Synergistic Trauma and Attachment Therapy – which will outline means and ways of interweaving treatment into a holistic treatment approach.

  • Learn how sensory integration therapy can be interwoven into overall treatment to increase effectiveness of trauma and attachment healing

  • Be introduced to a continuous tracking mechanism to assess treatment progress

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the symptoms of attachment trauma

  • Identify typical behaviors and family characteristics in families with attachment trauma.

  • Outline the screening process for individuals and families with complex attachment-related trauma

  • Identify treatment options available for attachment disorder

“This workshop is for parents and professionals only. No children please."

Tarrant County Hospital District dba JPS Health Network is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. *********************************************************************************************** Registration Form Please register online at or complete the form below and mail it along with payment to:

Advocates for Children of Trauma 7924 Eastland Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76135

Make checks payable to: A.C.T. WORKSHOP:

Making it Right: Trauma and Attachments Disorders, What Really Works,

Presented by; Lark Eshleman Patterson, Ph.D.

DATE AND TIME: 5-12-2011 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

WORKSHOP LOCATION: Location: Mercado Event Center 1500 N Main St. Suite 300 Fort Worth, Texas, 76164 REGISTRATION FEE: $50.00






CEU’S: _____Social Work _____Nursing



ACT will accept P.O’s only if payment is made prior to the date of the workshop. No Exceptions. ___________Check ___________ Credit Card

Confirmation Policy The registration will not be confirmed until payment has been received. Incomplete registration forms will not be processed and a confirmation will not be issued. Do not mail/fax/email a duplicate registration as a follow-up to an already submitted registration. Confirmations of registration will be e-mailed to the address provided. Conference materials will be available for pick up at the registration desk. No refunds will be issued for individual cancellations.

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