Leading Organizations Partner to Help Heal Childhood Trauma

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Calo Programs, innovators in healing the effects of childhood trauma in young people, is partnering once again with three of the nation’s leading authorities on attachment, trauma and adoption; The American Adoption Congress (AAC), the Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) and the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh).

Together they are launching the second in a series of innovative mobile campaigns to increase awareness, compassion and understanding for the lifelong impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and to share a hope for healing. The group is taking the message on the road via a series of multi-city, mobile education bus tours that provide four hours of education and connection to hundreds of professionals, parents and clinicians. The tour also provides advocacy for recognition of Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) as a more appropriate diagnosis for young people experiencing the impact of these experiences.

The events are open to the public and include presentations and workshops on; Therapeutic Parenting, The Lifelong Impact of Adoption, Rewiring the Traumatized Brain, Canine Therapy, Trauma Sensitive Schools, and Attachment, Trauma and Adoption Competent Therapy. A resource fair is also planned to highlight local trauma sensitive services.

“It is an important time for us to recognize that childhood trauma impacts the development of 1 in 4 children in the U.S. and how these often-overlooked experiences can adversely impact children’s development, physical and emotional health,” Rob Gent, Calo Programs Chief Clinical Officer

Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) is a proposed diagnosis focusing on prolonged interpersonal trauma in adolescents and children, which can lead to development delays. Children experiencing DTD can have impaired attachment, lack impulse control, experience delayed cognitive development and maladaptive behaviors. According to Mary McGowan, Executive Director of the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh) and parent of five adopted foster children, “The challenge has been that no one diagnosis adequately captures the plight of these young people who are overrepresented in treatment facilities. As it stands now, these children are often misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated.”

Although tour organizers are not suggesting that every adopted, foster or neglected child has DTD, they are advocating for better assessment and treatment practices for this population.

The tour launches from Seattle on May 4th and includes stops in Portland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego and ends in Tempe, AZ on May 11th. “Not only are we advocating for this population, but we are offering workshops for both parents and professionals on new interventions and strategies geared specifically for these youngsters and families,” expressed tour organizer and adoptee Thomas Ahern.

Any proceeds from this tour will be shared equally between the three nonprofit organizations dedicated to working with this population.