Attachment, Trauma and RAD: What Does It All Mean?

Florida Quality Parenting Initiative
Monday, March 28, 2016

The Florida Quality Parenting Initiative and Florida's Center for Child Welfare are hosting a continuing education webinar of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem and staff.

Join them on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM for Attachment, Trauma and RAD: What Does It All Mean?

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) has been in the psychiatric coding books for more than forty years and yet there is more controversy about RAD than there is research on RAD. For clinicians and caregivers alike, understanding what RAD is and what it is not is a challenge.

This presentation will focus first on defining RAD, which is quite an uncommon disorder when the criteria are applied strictly. Next, a more overarching review of what attachment is and why attachment is so important will be presented. This will include a focus on disruption in attachment in the context of trauma, including abuse and/or neglect.

Although the majority of children brought in for evaluation for RAD will not meet criteria for the disorder, that does not mean that there are not very real problems with the child's behavior that an attachment-based intervention would not help. The final part of this presentation will focus on just such interventions and give clinicians and caregivers a view of which types of attachment-based therapies are most helpful.

The session will be conducted by Neil W. Boris, MD, Director of the Irving Harris Training Institute. Participants may receive two (2) hours of continuing education credit. Afterward, report your hours quickly and easily using our eForm.

The webinar is free. You can download the event flyer and register online to participate.

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First Published March 26, 2016