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This is a FREE online training event. 

Date: August 15, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Presented by: Karen Buckwalter, LCSW 

The Underserved Populations (UP) Training Project is hosting a webinar titled Attachment as a Buffer and Source of Healing for Trauma Survivors presented by Karen Buckwalter, LCSW on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 10am-11am PDT.

“The best predictor of the effects of trauma is not trauma history; the best predictor of the effect of trauma is whether you can seek comfort in the arms of another.”  Bessel van der Kolk

This presentation will cover various attachment classifications and how they impact both adults and children. Individuals learn very early in life, through their early experience with caretakers, whether the world is a safe or unsafe place. This early “lens” of the world has far reaching implications.  This workshop will discuss the formation of attachment patterns, their resulting “internal working models” and the intersection between attachment and victimization or trauma.

Learning Objectives:

·      Name the 3 organized attachment classifications

·      Describe the attachment classification most directly related to trauma

·      Name 2 ways attachment is interconnected with recovery from traumatic events

·      Explain 1 way attachment can be considered when working with parents and children when they have been impacted by crime

Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, is Director of  Program Strategy at Chaddock, a multi-service agency providing a range of residential, educational, and community-based services for youth, birth through age 21, and their families.  While at Chaddock, she has been instrumental in the development of an innovative residential program for adolescents, ages 8 – 16, with Attachment Disorders and Complex Trauma. One of the only programs of its kind serving older adolescents, Chaddock’s Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program® (DTAP®) has served youth from 33 different states in the U.S. originating from 18 different countries.

Karen’s energetic and interactive style make her a sought-after speaker and trainer, and she has presented at numerous national and international conferences. She has co-authored journal articles and book chapters as well as articles that have appeared in Adoption Today and Fostering Families Today Magazines. Her first book, Attachment Theory in Action, edited with Debbie Reed was released in 2017.

Karen has more than 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families, the last 24 of which she has been at Chaddock. She has a BS in Individual and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Social Work Degree from Temple University.  She has completed a 2 year post-masters training program in Family Therapy at the Menninger Clinic

If you have any questions or comments please contact Emma Nichols at (707) 992-0537 or email


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