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Attachment & Bonding Speaker/Workshop

Saturday, August 14, 2010 @ 12:08 AM Karen Hood

This is an update on 5 of the sessions that will be at the workshop. There will still be others that are being coordinated – based on the needs of the parents/caregivers attending. This day is exciting to come together and recognize the need for our children that we call family. Six hours of CE credit toward license renewal for Foster Parents. Registration is reimbursable CE through the Adoption Support Program.  Contact your Adoption Support coordinator for that information.

Registration and Questions email
Pam Clifner
From the South- take 395 North, go past Loon Lake 4 miles, take a
RIGHT on North Deer Lake Road- Lakeside Church is just down the road on the right side.
From the North- take 395 South- 4 miles before you get to Loon
Lake(two intersections South of the Jump Off Joe Lake turnoff)- turn
LEFT on North Deer Lake Road and continue with the above directions!
***Prue Addy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She earned her Master of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from California State University, Sacramento in 1992.    Since 1996, Prue has been a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  She had a private practice in Olympia, Washington and Bend, Oregon.  She is a trained Guardian Ad Litem, California court mediator, consultant for public schools, group facilitator, substance abuse counselor, home study writer, anxiety disorders expert, and advanced couples counselor.  She assists families in their adoption journey and has a profound passion to guide families with children suffering from attachment disorders. Prue facilitates workshops for professionals in attachment disorders, parenting practices, adoption options, sexual abuse and at-risk children
Prue Addy will be speaking from a clinical perspective on what professionals should consider when determining a Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) diagnosis.  This is a particularly serious condition which is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed.  Prue will go through the RAD diagnosis in the DSM IV and give specific examples how this diagnosis plays out in children.  Just as importantly, she will touch on what families go through living with this disorder.  Clinicians might not see the behaviors in their offices or during a home visit.   For these reasons, it is essential for professionals working with families to determine the dynamics and how the other family members relate to the child.  To assist in understanding the mother/child relationship, Prue will share her personal stories of mothering a child with severe RAD and another child not as far down the spectrum.  Families are welcomed to attend.
***Jocelyn Clifner- 17 year old daughter of Lonny & Pam Clifner
Jocelyn will share her experiences surviving in a home with multiple siblings and many disorders.  She will give awesome advice for parents and caregivers to help make sure they are taking care of the healthy siblings in the home and what that looks like. Her amazing gift of forgiving the hurt children and really how to NOT take it personally. Learn what a “Fit” box is and how easy it can work for you!
***Neurotherapy Northwest( Dr. Myron Thurber
Dr. Thurber completed a doctorate degree in counseling from the University of North Texas with an emphasis in rehabilitation.  He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Physical Therapist in Washington State. Dr. Thurber’s formal education and professional training has prepared him to counsel individuals, groups, couples, parents, families, and children. Myron is also certified in general biofeedback and EEG biofeedback through the Biofeedback Institute of America and is qualified to provide biofeedback and neurofeedback therapeutic services. Washington State licenses include: Mental Health Counseling and Physical Therapy.
Experience: Myron has experience counseling individuals, groups, families, and children in private practice, in an outpatient service setting and through a rehabilitation hospital. He has also worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings as a physical therapist since 1987. Myron has experience in providing physical therapy biofeedback and neurofeedback to children, adolescents, and adults.  He has worked with a variety of physical and mental health issues.
Learn about Neuro/Biofeedback used as a treatment for the following: * ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity) – * Autistic Spectrum Disorders – * Chronic Pain – * Fibromyalgia – * Hypertension – * Learning Disorders – * Headaches/Migraines – * Mood Disorders/Addictions – * Panic Attacks – * Peak Performance Training – * Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – * Sleeplessness – * Stress, Performance, & Test Anxiety – * Stroke – * Symptoms of Head Injury.
Neurofeedback is a learning process in which symptom changes take place gradually, over a period of time. Multiple sessions per week are usually required. The brain is trained to change maladaptive patterns associated with symptoms. Eventually most people notice an improvement in mental, emotional, and behavioral concerns which may also include a reduction in previously required medications. Once the new patterns are learned they often last with no further treatment required.
***Hannah Fischer-This intro does not do Hannah justice.  She has an amazing ability to turn lives upsidedown to begin the foundation of strong healing in therapy.  Many of us know therapy is hard work! (LMHC in WA & OR) Specializes in Attachment/Bonding and treatment of severely traumatized children.  She will go into “why?” detail information about the Heart and Heads of our children we live/work with. for bio.
***Christine Wilson 31 years in Psychotherapy- Private Practice in Colville, Wa….
To present a lesson in “realistic optimism,” as she calls it.  It will be education about how to shift from hopelessness to optimism in an insane world.  She will teach a technique for catching ourselves with pessimistic thoughts and shifting that. She can teach us that even with therapeutic help, it can be really hard for people to do this.  This will be an intro with tools for encouragement to get help with what keeps people stuck.
Practical Training for their HEART and HEAD!

When working together and united by a powerful plan, we can be the super glue to mend a child’s broken heart and confused brain.

Save the Date!
When:  August 21, 2010
Where: Lakeside Church of the Nazarene
3754 N Deer Lake Road, Loon Lake, Wa 99148
Coordinated by Lonny & Pam Clifner- Foster/Adopt parents Region 1 Stevens county

8am – Sign In    Must Pre-Register with Pam Clifner –
email Pam to reserve your spot at
9am to 4pm – Workshops
Lunch, snacks and refreshments included.  There is no child care available for this day.
Cost is $50.00 per person
150 Spots Available-
You will earn 6 training hours towards your license renewal.

WHO IS THIS DAY FOR?  Anyone who works with kids.
Parents(foster/adopted/thinking about it/biological), CASA workers,teachers and para-pros, therapists, social workers, relatives, medical doctors(staff) and respite providers.

***We recommend putting a family team together and learn new techniques at the same time.
Example of a good team- Parents, Teacher, Therapist and Grandparents.  Foster Parents, Social Worker, Therapist, Teacher, CASA, Respite Provider.  The more creative, the more support for you and your family!***

Please Pass this on to whomever it can benefit. This seminar has been made possible by the wealth of information and knowledge we gained at Healing Hearts Camp in Oregon in 2009. Our children are healing and doing amazing things for themselves and our lives.  We have used the techniques and professional recommendations with our whole family.

We live and raise children (foster/adopted) that have been diagnosed by professionals with Reactive Attachment Disorder, Complex and secondary PTSD, Sensory Integration disorders, Fetal Alcohol, Meth and Heroine effects, Developmental delays, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Sleep problems, Depressive Disorder, Mixed Receptive Expressive Language Disorder, ADD, ADHD, Attachment Disorder, Cognitive Disorders, Borderline Intellectual Functioning…..whew!
Why did you need to know all that?  Because we have seen a light of hope shine on our family and want to share it with others!

Have you ever asked, thought and searched for…
Why are they acting this way?
Why does it have to be so hard?
When are they going to get it?
Nobody understands us…
The teacher thinks I am mean!
They are so nice to everybody else!
The therapist wants to help…But how?
We’ve raised others- where did we go wrong?
Love is not enough…
They are not working to full potential.
Grandma thinks she can do better:)
This kid is driving us nuts!

Join us for a full day seminar and workshop including Speakers and Presentations.
I do not have the full agenda done and people are calling!  The enthusiasm is awesome- I will list some of the workshop ideas- they are not concrete and the details are being worked out.

Healthy Siblings- How to support your healthy kids and balance their needs.
How to Survive as a healthy kid living with mentally ill siblings
Awesome Mom stuff- How to take care of you- remembering you are lovable!
Awesome Dad stuff- How do you take care of you when your ship is sinking!
Stories of hope from healing kids
Camp Revolution 2011 information-
Give Me a Break- Therapeutic Respite
Circle of Support- How to support parents and family in the middle of the zone.
“Realistic Optimism” It would be education about how to shift from hopelessness to optimism in an insane world.

Hannah Fischer is coming to us from Portland,OR
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon.
Hannah has extensive knowledge and experience with Attachment and Bonding that she will share with us. She has put together an expert presentation for all to soak in. She will cover the brain and heart issues.  Hannah has energy that is amazing to offer hope from the toughest cases. She works with kids and adults with attachment issues and uses art, talk, sand tray and soon EMDR.

Learn new Techniques for: Therapeutic Parenting, Therapeutic Respite, Neurofeedback/Biofeedback, Neurological Reorganization

Sponsored by:
OK-9 Corral Bed & Biscuits, Inc. Loon Lake
Lunch provided by Loon Lake Nazarene Youth Group

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