MHCCF Meeting - Reactive Attachment Syndrome

  • Friday, April 19, 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • All Saints Church, 338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, FL

Meeting Agenda:

8:30-9 a.m. - Registration and Sign-in

9 a.m. - Announcements and Introductions

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker

Speaker: Teresa Guerard, LMHC

Topic: Reactive Attachment Syndrome

Presesntation Title:

What is Reactive Attachment Disorder and Where Did It Come From?

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will develop an understanding of the diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder.

2. Participants will be able to identify the risk factors that contribute to the development of RAD.

3. Participants will identify therepeutic strategies that have been successfully implemented to heal attachment disorder.

Summary of presentation:
This presentation will provide information to assist participants in understanding RAD, beyond what is written in the DSM-IIIR.  Participants will be able to  identify the most common contributors to the development of attachment disorder as well as the process through which a belief system is formed in a young child that results in the behaviors and thought processes which are identified as the condition of Reactive Attachment Disorder.

Presenter Biography:
Teresa Guerard LMHC graduated from Rollins College in 2000 with a Masters Degree in Mental  Health Counseling.  In 2001 she met the family that introduced me to RAD. They had adopted a sibling group of 3, the oldest of which had attacked mom with a butcher knife which brought me into the home to do an assessment. As a result of that conversation with the mother, Teresa was able to attend a two-week intensive with the family a year later in Colorado with two of the best attachment therapists in the country.  After they told the family "if you really want to help your family, you will leave Florida, as there is no one that can help you there." she decided to start Attachment Services of Central Florida, Inc., in 2003.  ASCF provides attachment therapy to families  raising children with attachment disorder.  In addition, ASCF offers neurofeedback, a monthly support group, Camp Attach, an annual week long family experience designed to heal families and teach them how to develop a home environment and parenting skills conducive to the healing of a child with attachment disorder.

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