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[FOR PROFESSIONALS] 2-Part Workshop for Professionals: The Neuropsychological Evaluation & Attachment, Resiliency, and Competency (ARC) (June 13, 2019)

WHEN Thursday, Jun 13th 2019 10:45 AM - 03:00 PM (CST)
COST $20.00 per person
LOCATION CH/LSS, 1605 Eustis St., St. Paul, MN 55108

This training will begin immediately following the Adoption Taskforce meeting. 

Lunch will be provided.  

10:45am-12:15pm: How to Gain a Broader Understanding of Children’s Behaviors: The Purposes and Processes of a Neuropsychological Evaluation We are living in a time when children’s behaviors are being over-pathologized. What was once considered to be ‘typical’ childhood behaviors are now given a range of psychiatric diagnosis. Often times, children can have underlying learning and language challenges and deficits which can impact their functioning across domains; this is particularly true for children who have trauma histories. A neuropsychological evaluation helps to highlight strengths, as well as uncover patterns of weaknesses which are often mislabeled as ADHD, ODD, ASD, etc. This workshop will teach participants about the different aspects of a neuropsychological evaluation, and highlight language and learning skills, as well as processing abilities. Case examples and handouts pertaining to language processing, as well as information processing will be available.

12:15pm-1:00pm: Lunch (provided)

1:00pm- 3:00pm: The Starting Point for Therapy: Attachment, Resiliency, and Competency (ARC) The research on trauma is very clear: the starting point for treatment is NOT talk therapy. Rather, treatment must focus on building the capacity to manage overwhelming affective states, identify maladaptive coping strategies (flight/fight/freeze), and building interpersonal relationship skills. This workshop is an overview of the Attachment, Resiliency, and Competency therapeutic model. It will discuss the three foundational concepts of the ARC model, the 8 primary building blocks, as well as some basic skills. Dr. Binford is working with a select group of people who are completing the ARC training. 

Dr. Nancy Binford has extensive training in neurocognitive testing across the developmental lifespan. She completed the trauma certification program through the Trauma Center, located in Boston, MA. Her clinical interests include understanding the impact of early childhood trauma on attachment, self-regulation, social engagement, and academic achievement. She has a private practice in Woodbury, MN and provides trauma trainings throughout the state to a range of agencies, schools, and treatment programs.