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2-Day Certification Course: Trauma and Attachment Treatment for Children and Adolescents

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Lois Ehrmann, PhD, LPC, NCC, CTTS
12 Hours 03 Minutes
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Jan 16, 2020
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Becoming a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional will demonstrate your passion for and knowledge of treating traumatized children and adolescents.

This 2-Day Certification Course in Trauma and Attachment Treatment for Children and Adolescents will provide you with the essential skills, proven interventions, and state-of-the-art treatments you need to successfully treat your most challenging clients—children, adolescents and families suffering from trauma and attachment wounds.

Children’s neurology is impacted at the deepest levels of development resulting in emotional, behavioural and psychological problems. When the foundational blocks of attachment are fractured, you face therapeutic roadblocks—innate distrust of others, acting out, avoidance/shutting down, extreme reactivity, self-harm, affect dysregulation, substance abuse, poor boundaries—making successful treatment seem impossible to achieve.

Purchase this intensive 2-day certification training and learn the most effective tools and techniques to help children and families more fully engage in treatment, identify and express their emotions, manage disturbing thoughts and feelings, and achieve and maintain recovery.

Elevate your practice and improve your ability to:

  • Skillfully integrate proven interventions rooted in EMDR, IFS, Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Unpack children’s history and create a cohesive trauma narrative
  • Use children’s trauma narrative to process attachment disruptions and trauma responses
  • Map children’s problematic behaviour and the parent’s responses to the behaviour
  • Help children identify trauma triggers and develop appropriate, healthy regulation skills
  • Help children overcome fears about connecting in relationships
  • Repair self-destructive patterns, negative limiting beliefs and affect dysregulation
  • Empower families to improve boundaries, discipline and communication
  • Teach families/caregivers concrete, practical ways to repair attachment wounds

Best of all, you can become a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP) upon completion of this course—at no additional cost to you—adding valuable skills and credentials to your resume.

Purchase today and show your clients and their families with trauma and attachment wounds, that you’ve taken the time and effort to effectively help them heal!

Certification Made Simple
In just three easy steps, you can earn your certification as a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional.

  • Step 1: Watch the digital seminar
  • Step 2: Complete the CPD test and instantly print your certificate of completion.
  • Step 3: Submit your certificate of completion and professional license to Evergreen Certifications

That’s it! No hidden fees. No catch. Just certification made EASY.

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This online program is worth 12 hours CPD.



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Lois Ehrmann, PhD, LPC, NCC, CTTS, is a trauma-informed and sensitive clinician who works with individuals and families who suffer from trauma, abuse and attachment issues. She is the founder of The Individual and Family CHOICES Program, a holistic trauma-informed counseling center in State College, PA, that has been providing cutting-edge trauma-informed therapy for over 10 years. Prior to that she co-owned a dual diagnosis outpatient counseling program called Counseling Alternatives Group for over 18 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has been in clinical practice for over 30 years, specializing in trauma and attachment for over 22 years.

A Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist (CTTS), Lois is also an Approved Consultant and Certified Clinician in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDRIA) as well as a Certified Internal Family Systems Clinician. Trained in IFS Levels 1, 2 and 3 as well as Somatic IFS, she has introduced the IFS model to the children and families she works with, as well as groups of parents of traumatized children and to professional healers who work with traumatized families. Lois is a Registered ATTACh Clinician, Certified Attachment Focused Family Therapist/Consultant and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (NCE). In addition, she is a trained neurofeedback clinician and trained in clinical hypnosis.

Lois is a sought-after trainer both locally and nationally and is also an adjunct assistant professor in counselor education and supervision at PSU. She has presented nationally for many years for the National ATTACh Conference and until very recently served on that organization’s board of directors. Lois has also presented annually for the Internal Family Systems Conference specifically focusing on the use of IFS with children and families struggling with attachment issues.

Lois is the co-author of a book on best practices in attachment therapy and has self-published books for children and their parents on attachment and Internal Family Systems concepts. She was the lead researcher in the development of the Internal Family Systems Adherence Scale for the Internal Family System Foundation.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Lois Ehrmann is owner of E-Counseling and Consultation Services. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Lois Ehrmann is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for the Training and Treatment of Attachment Disorders In Children (ATTACh), the American Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society for Counselors and Counselor Educators (CSI), EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), and the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS).


  1. Articulate the neurological impact of trauma on attachment in children and adolescents and how current research informs treatment planning.
  2. Differentiate between the clinical presentation of children and adolescents who exhibit insecure vs. secure vs. disorganized attachment.
  3. Implement trauma and attachment assessments to develop observable and measurable treatment plan goals.
  4. Implement the “internal working model” intervention to clarify the client’s attachment category to inform treatment planning.
  5. Operationalize the core treatment goals into measurable objectives in the treatment of trauma and attachment.
  6. Implement the Integrated Attachment and Trauma Timeline Strategy (IATTS) to organize and construct the client’s trauma narrative.
  7. Utilize the client’s trauma narrative to process attachment disruptions and trauma responses.
  8. Apply bilateral tapping to reduce the intensity of strong affect and/or to amplify a strength resource.
  9. Integrate elements of Internal Family Systems psychotherapy to map out a child’s problematic behaviour and the parent’s responses to the behaviour.
  10. Utilize bibliotherapy to teach children, adolescents and families the concepts of Internal Family Systems psychotherapy to improve treatment outcomes.
  11. Integrate resource tapping (EMDR) into Attachment Focused Family Therapy to increase the strength of attachment and healthy regulation in children, adolescents and families.
  12. Compose mindfulness-based breath work, guided imagery and sensory awareness to improve affect regulation.


Attachment Theory and Attachment Therapy

  • Recent influences in attachment theory and therapy
  • Attachment importance in the development of the healthy individual
  • Attachment styles vs. disorganized attachment
  • Neuroscience supporting bottom-up therapeutic strategies
  • DSM-5®: Classification of trauma and stressor-related disorders

Neurological Impact of Trauma and Attachment

  • How the research informs treatment
  • Trauma is stored/stuck in the right hemisphere
  • Chronic activation of the fight/flight/freeze response (Amygdala issues)
  • The reason for the stuckness
  • Cortisol and its impact on cognitive impairment

Indicators of Trauma and Attachment Disruption

  • Common diagnostic mistakes
  • Characteristics of the children and adults
  • View attachment as a continuum

Assessments for Trauma and Attachment Wounds: Case Studies and Video Sessions

  • Protocol to assess the strength and health of the parental/caregiver system
  • Most effective scales, measures and instruments
  • Methods to explain the internal working model of the child to the parent/caregiver
  • Diagnostic considerations/Differential diagnosis
    • Complex Trauma, Complex PTSD, Developmental Trauma, Disorganized Attachment, Reactive Attachment Disorder

Translate Trauma and Attachment Goals into SMART Objectives

  • Core treatment goals
    • Relational factors between client/therapist and child/parent/caregiver
    • Dismantling the individual’s unhealthy negative internal working model
    • Increase the level of affective mastery
    • Reduce distancing defences
    • Increase attachment within healthy relationships and for adults with their own children
    • Containment of rage, anger and pain so that resolution can occur
  • How to operationalize goals into measurable objectives

The Integrated Attachment and Trauma Timeline Strategy (IATTS): Help Children and Families Unpack Their History

  • A guide to move from assessment to treatment
  • Techniques to clarify and construct the client’s cohesive narrative
  • Methods to “chunk” overwhelming and disorganized historical material
  • Integrates with evidence-based treatment modalities
    • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
    • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
    • Attachment-Focused Family Therapy
    • Bibliotherapy
    • Expressive Therapies and Somatic Psychotherapy

A Child Who Had No Safety

  • A view of Attachment-Focused Family Therapy
  • Healthy vs. disrupted attachment/bonding cycle
  • Intersubjectivity and Attunement: What being in sync does/does not look like
  • PACE: Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy
  • Co-regulation of affect and co-creation of experiences

When Traumatized Children are Broken into Many Parts

  • Secure vs. anxious and avoidant attachment styles
  • Disorganized attachment: Recognize the signs
  • How attachment impacts parent-child dyads
  • Integrate IFS into Attachment-Focused Family Therapy
  • Parts work through sand tray, art strategies and puppetry

Full of Rage with No Where to Go

  • Integrate EMDR into Attachment-Focused Family Therapy
  • Teach parents and children resource tapping and positive self-talk
  • Use tapping as part of imaginal nurturing
  • Calming and self-regulating strategies from EFT
  • Naming feelings with bilateral drumming

Parts that Children Wall Off

  • Terrified of being terrified
  • The freeze of the fight-flight-freeze trauma response
  • Help children understand their own thoughts, feelings, behaviours and experiences

The Rage that Comes from Physical Abuse

  • When children reenact the trauma of abuse
  • See the positive intention in all parts
  • Teach compassion, curiosity, calmness and connectedness through expressive therapies

When Parents and Children Both Have Activated Parts

  • Activation Parts Map: Z-Process
  • Naming and witnessing the activated parts
  • Helping the parts understand each other

Protecting Sibling and Self in Foster Care

  • Protector parts activity/worksheet
  • Teach children to use their inner imagination to work with their part
  • Transform terror into trust

Repair the Fracture with Adoptive Parents

  • Clarify the trauma and negative internal working model
  • Parts mapping: Teach parts concepts to children and parents
  • Integrate Bibliotherapy into IFS
  • Assist parents how to engage in self-led parenting

Other Trauma-Specific Evidence-based Treatment Modalities

  • What they are used for and why clients seem to respond well
  • Sensorimotor psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-based approaches including breath work and imagery
  • Biofeedback and EEG Biofeedback
  • Limitations of the related research and risks of each approach

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Certified Case Managers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children


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