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Workshop and Panel: Attachment and Trauma: Understanding and Overcoming the Impact of Ambiguous Loss

March 22, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
NYC Charter School Center - Training Room
111 Broadway, Suite 604, New York, NY 10006

Presented by Toni Heineman


Most of us have more experience with ambiguous loss than we do with death – co-workers change jobs, classmates move away, new neighbors take the place of old – all relatively expectable events in our lives. Other ambiguous losses are more problematic. Children in the foster case system don’t know whether their be reunited with the biological parents. Children of divorce may lose contact with a parent. A parent who is dying of a terminal illness is both present and absent, as is the parent suffering from depression or addiction. This workshop will review attachment theory, developmental theory, and theory of mind as they relate to the effects of ambiguous loss. During the training, participants will use interactive conversation cards to learn strategies for support students in need.

Following the training, there will be a lunch panel with Community Based Organizations that work to support families and schools in this work.

This training/panel will provide attendees with knew knowledge and ways of analyzing student behaviors/experiences, as well as connect schools will local resources.

Suggested Audience: Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, Counselors, Social Workers, School Leaders

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