Accepting Your Parent Baggage by Amber LeFevour, LMFT

Children with attachment difficulties seem to be experts at finding the exact triggers of their parents and caregivers. Often, these triggers relate back to the attachment history of the caregiver. By learning to analyze their own attachment history, parents can be better prepared to respond appropriately when their children attempt to push their buttons. During this workshop participates learned how their attachment history affects their current relationships and interactions with their children.

Ages and Stages – Birth to 3 Years Old by Jackie Zagrans

Overview of the continuum of development covering physical, as well as emotional and behavioral milestones. Further, an in-depth look at chronological age vs. developmental age. The presentation also covers some commonly used assessment tolls and how to access the Illinois early intervention system.

Attachment in the Education Setting by Matt Wazenberg, Ph.D.

Students with emotionally reactive attachment needs are often a challenge for most public school systems. Due to disproportionate and wide range of concomitant needs associated with this population, it takes a resilient and resourceful caregiver to contribute to a meaningful support plan. Dr. Wazenberg describes sensible and effective ways for you to advocate for the best possible educational experience. Special emphasis will be placed on how Response to Interventions (RTI) contributes to support plans for the student with attachment needs; how RTI plans, 504 plans, and IEP plans are similar and dissimilar; how to initiate a formal support partnership with your public school; how to navigate the initial case study process in light of RTI; and guidance on understanding how best to develop, strengthen and maintain your school-based parenting in your child’s’ educational and therapeutic programming.

Empathy by Billy Kaplan, LCSW

Children experience the world through a variety of feelings and emotions. Empathy allows parents to join in on their child’s experiences and share it with them. It communicates to the child that their feelings are being felt. This workshop will describe what empathy is and will give suggestions on how to empathize with your child. Challenges to empathy are presented, along with guidelines for providing emphatic responses.

Foundations of Attachment  by Wendy Kovacs, LMFT

Before being able to effectively work with traumatized children, it is important to understand how the trauma has impacted their bodies and brains. This presentation focuses on these foundations of trauma and will introduce participants to the attachment cycle and explore causes of missed attachment. Typical biological and chemical responses to trauma are explored, along with basic developmental stages that are often missed when trauma is present.

Introduction to SPACE by Billy Kaplan, LCSW

This workshop provided an approach to therapeutic parenting that uses the acronym SPACE. SPACE is a way of engaging in therapeutic parenting by providing Safety, Structure, Supervision, and Support, and by being Playful, Accepting, Curious, and Emphatic. While there is no “magic pill” to heal the wounds of children who were traumatized in early childhood, utilizing SPACE has helped many parents to give their children great opportunities for healing.

Keeping the Couple Strong  by Wendy Kovacs, LMFT

Do you ever feel like your relationship with your partner plays second fiddle to your role as as parent? Then you are not alone! Couples often get so wrapped up with daily life stresses that they lose sight of how to maintain their relationship within the family! But your partner relationship is the  basis of your family life, and holds the family together. This presentation explores six characteristics of strong couples, along with examples of how to increase those characteristics within your relationship

Making the Most of Play by Phyllis Rubin

This presentation talks about playing the Theraplay Way and describes the important aspects of play that build attachment. Ideas are shared on how to stay playfully positive and emotionally connected with your children even when they are so skillful at keeping you at a distance.

So Many Letters. So Little Clarity by Dave Margolis

Playing through the gambit of your child’s diagnosisezzz:

Settling on a diagnosis can often be an unsettling experience. It is not uncommon to run a gambit of diagnoses, emotions, and treatment plans along with our children, leaving all involved confused as to the right treatment for their child. ADHD, ODD, BPD (Bipolar Disorder), PTSD, RAD…How do you tell the difference and what do you do? This presentation is designed to both enlighten and lighten the process of determining your child’s diagnoses.