Human beings are social-emotional beings with an innate need to connect and form meaningful relationships. Every interpersonal skill that is required to be successful in creating and sustaining these relationships must be acquired. Trauma, neglect and multiple disruptions in attachment relationships have significant negative impact on a child’s ability to learn these vital interpersonal skills. In fact, many children with histories of trauma develop defensive strategies to avoid relationships. Allison Davis Maxon, LMFT, will explore the complex emotional and behavioral problems that traumatized children struggle to overcome. Participants will learn how to create, facilitate and sustain the relationships children and teens need to feel connected and whole, including the “10 things your child needs every day to feel valued, connected and empowered.”
Extended Access will be available March 29 – April 27, 2018
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Allison Davis Maxon, LMFT is a clinician, educator and advocate specializing in adoption/permanency, attachment and trauma. She is passionate about creating systems of care that are permanency competent and strength-based. She has presented at the Georgetown University National Symposium on Children’s Mental Health Systems of Care Conference (2010) on Kinship Center’s clinical competencies in permanency and attachment-focused mental health services for children who have experienced trauma, neglect and/or loss. Most recently, Allison presented at the annual conference for the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), on topics relating to the unique challenges facing relative caregivers, as well as the challenges and opportunities for transitional age youth.
Allison is a contributing author and master trainer of ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals (48 hours), and a co-author and master trainer of Pathways to Permanence 2: Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma and Loss (21 hours). Allison is also the creator and co-producer of “10 Things: Your Child Needs Every Day,” a video with tools to help parents and caregivers strengthen their attachment relationship with their child.
Allison is also the author of several articles, including The Dance of Permanence, Fostering Families Today, Sept/Oct 2011; Becoming Your Foster Child’s Emotional Tutor, The Foster Parenting Toolbox, 2012 EMK Press and Fostering Families Today, Jan/Feb 2007; and 10 Things Kinship Caregivers Need, Fostering Families Today, Jan/Feb 2013.