Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Apr 26, 2013

To Have and Hold: Assessing & Treating Deficits in the Capacity to Attach

{Holding Hands}

DATE:  April 26th, 2013

TIME:  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration
  • 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Morning Session
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Session

CONFERENCE FEE:  $30-35 (includes lunch)


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:  How people form their sense of the world, of their parent figures and of themselves from their experiences with and their perceptions of their experiences with their caregivers.

If a child is offered and can receive safety, comfort, warmth, value and joy from birth on, that child goes on to perceive the world, its parents and itself as safe and warm and comforting and valuable and joyous. Traditionally, professionals and parents working with and living with children who have experienced trauma, trauma of neglect, abuse and/or of changes in primary caregivers, have focused on grieving the losses and healing the trauma.

This approach misses the fact, now proven in brain research that many of these children missed essential development experiences of good enough effective, nurturing parenting. Ideally we want all children who join their family through adoption to develop and maintain healthy attachments with their parents across life stages and across conflict (“To Have & To Hold”).

Holly van Gulden has worked for many years teaching and advancing her model based upon object relations of assessing and treating such children.  The model will introduce assessment and techniques for filling in crucial gaps in development that are frequently the source of troubling and persistent behaviors.

Location: Fantasia, 404 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT 06478
This event is 31 miles from you (06106).

8 AM - 4:30 PM

Contact: Susan Gervais, LCSW
Phone: 860-679-4006
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