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Digital Seminar

Trauma and Attachment in Children and Families: Play, Art and CBT to Reduce Symptomology and Repair Connection

Christina Reese, PhD, LCPC
6 Hours 14 Minutes
Feb 13, 2019
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What came first, the loss of attachment or the diagnosis … Anxiety, ADHD, ODD?

For the child who is oppositional, did they respond with opposition after feeling disconnected from their primary attachment or have their oppositional behaviors put stressors on their primary relationships?

Imagine a client/family in your office and you’re hearing about the oppositional and defiant child’s behavior from frustrated parents – which came first, the behavior and then the rupture in attachment. Or did the attachment come first and is showing as a behavioral disorder?

Watch me to become more successful in helping identify and heal ruptured attachments in family and children. Learn the ways that attachment trauma and relationship dysfunction impacts a child’s ability to feel safe with adults, follow directions and be respectful.

Reframe the behaviors to identify the distress, learn how attachment trauma is related to every diagnosis, and how repairing the primary attachment relationship can reduce symptomology.

Discover attachment-focused interventions to:

  • Reduce symptomology for anxiety, aggression, opposition, inattention, and mood instability
  • Increase connection for better self-esteem, coping skills, and sense of belonging
  • Improve emotional and self-regulation for life-long attachment
  • Build attachment-focused therapeutic rapport

Bring life-altering change to the children that you are working with, repairing foundational relationships and giving them the skills they need for life-long relationships, health and stability.



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Christina Reese, PhD, LCPC, has been working with children impacted by trauma for over 15 years, and has recently completed training as a TBRI Practitioner. She helps children and their families impacted by a variety of traumas, providing both in home and in school therapy to these children. Over this time, Dr. Reese has partnered with schools in Baltimore County and Baltimore City to help teachers find interventions that get results in the classroom. A passionate advocate for children and their families, she has worked with children in court ordered drug treatment at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, as week as in residential treatment centers and in the community.

Dr. Reese, a recognized attachment and trauma professional, has created a comprehensive guide that explains attachment over a lifetime. her book, Attachment: 60 Trauma-Informed Assessment and Treatment Interventions Across the Lifespan (PESI, 2018), offers trauma-informed strategies to facilitate connection, rebuild trust and restore positive emotions.

Dr. Reese is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland and Pennsylvania as well as a licensed clinical supervisor. She received her Master's Degree in community counseling from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and her PhD in counselor education from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Past work experiences include being director of a mental health clinic and the case manager of the Howard County Cold Weather Shelter, working with homeless individuals and families. additionally, Dr. Reese is very passionate about her work focusing on attachment and has extensive experience with adoptive families and children in foster care.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Christina Reese has an employment relationship with Mosaic Community Services.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Christina Reese has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Distinguish attachment patterns that are healthy versus those that are rooted in trauma.
  2. Recognize how maladaptive attachment impacts clients’ connections and exacerbates mental health symptoms including anxiety, depression, opposition, defiance and mood stability.
  3. Discover the risk factors of developing insecure attachment: parental substance misuse or abuse, a mental health diagnosis in the parent or child, a child with a history of abuse or neglect, and more.
  4. Reduce symptomology for anxiety, depression, aggression, opposition, inattention, and mood instability by repairing primary attachment.
  5. Determine the role that depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, ODD and other traumas have in contributing to attachment trauma.
  6. Facilitate relationship building leading to strong foundations for future connections.


  • 4 Styles of Attachment
    • Research of Bowlby and Ainsworth
      • Secure
      • Ambivalent
      • Avoidant
      • Disorganized
    • Symptoms of Maladaptive Attachment
  • Neurobiology of Attachment
    • How the brain categorizes attachment
    • Changing the brain in attachment
    • Assessing Attachment Style
      • Adult Assessment Inventory for parents
      • Strange Situation Procedure for young children
      • Manchester Child Attachment Story Task for children
      • Child Attachment Interview for older children and teens
  • Psychosocial Assessment and Identifying the Impact of Trauma on Attachment
    • Recognize factors in the child’s history
      • Abuse and neglect
      • Abandonment
      • Impact of parent’s attachment style
      • Substance abuse in caregiver
      • Mental health disorders in caregivers
      • Foster care/adoption
      • Relation to other traumas
Trauma-Informed Attachment Symptomology
  • Attachment trauma that complicates and intensifies symptoms
  • Diagnosis that can contribute to attachment trauma
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • ADHD
    • ODD
    • Bipolar
    • Other Traumas
Attachment Focused Interventions – Play, Art, CBT
  • Repair Connection
    • The use of art/creative interventions
    • Talking points
    • Collaborative problem solving
  • Strengthen Relationships
    • Physical activities
    • Quality time activities
    • Face to face interactions
  • Increase Felt Safety
    • Trust building activities
    • Establishing safety plans
    • Identifying family system dysfunction and repair strategies
  • Trust-Based Parenting
    • Re-do’s
    • Time ins
    • Reframing
  • Establishing Supportive Attachments
    • Brainstorming effective supports
    • Clarifying needs
    • Building attachment-based support systems
  • Attachment as a Coping Strategy
    • Interventions to increase connections
    • Leaning on social supports
    • Groups – the force of understanding
The Role of the Therapeutic Relationship in Attachment
  • Building attachment focused therapeutic rapport
  • The role model
  • The cheer leader
  • Therapist self care

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Couples Therapists
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Teachers
  • Case Managers

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