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[FosterEd] Nurturing Attachment in Foster Care (While Keeping Your Head!!!) (November 2, 2019)

Amber Morrighan, MA, LMFT
WHEN Saturday, Nov 2nd 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM (CST)
COST $18.00 per person
$25.00 per parenting couple
LOCATION McLeod County 1065 5th Ave SE, Hutchinson, MN 55350

Ages addressed:

Foster parents can often have a very young child placed in their arms with little to no information about what this child has been through in their life.  These innocent faces might stare up at the foster parent or refuse to look at the new caregiver at all.  These children might seem to be clingy, might want to cuddle with everyone, might lie, throw tantrums or scream for long periods of time.  It might lead a foster parent to wonder “What can I do to help? What do I need to know about how to help? How do I even begin to make a difference?”  This training will focus on a variety of topics related to Attachment in the foster care setting including: the building blocks of Attachment, what impacts trauma can have on the development of attachment in children, ways to interpret and analyze what children’s difficult behaviors are saying to you as a foster parent about their needs and suggestions for helpful responses, and promote foster parent self-care.    

Amber Morrighan, MA, LMFT has been working with children who have been adopted or are in the foster care setting, their families and caregivers for 20 years in a variety of settings including residential care (as both a direct care worker and therapist), outpatient therapy, boot camp, and as a clinical supervisor.  She is passionate about helping others heal from traumas and learn to develop healthy attachments to others in their lives.  She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), rostered in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and certified in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavior Therapy. As a Clinical supervisor at both a non-profit agency and privately she is deeply committed to training and teaching other therapists and professionals to assist children and their caregivers in healing the impacts of trauma at any age.  Amber brings the use of humor to presentations and invites others to be able to be light hearted with difficult subjects.