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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Neuroscience, Therapeutic Parenting, and Evidence-Based Treatment - Advanced Principles II

Broadcast Date: September 14, 2011
Course Code: A053


A. Rand Coleman, PhD
Clinical Psychologist

Neuropsychology Specialty

Neurospychological Services

Phoenixville, PA

Anne M. Coleman, PhD

Assistant Professor of Life and Physical Sciences

Cabrini College

Radnor, PA

Program Description:

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is integrally related to the emotional and neurological impact of early childhood trauma and loss. Children with a history of attachment trauma often present with extremely difficult behaviors, which can result in out-of-home placement, multiple foster placements, and lack of response to typical mental health treatments. Basics of theory and treatment were covered in prior presentations; this presentation will cover more advanced strategies for treatment, including methods for parents, foster parents, and in-home treatment professionals. Techniques for handling special situations will be covered. Practical strategies for increasing emotional connection, social reciprocity, responsibility, and joy in the relationship will be presented. The assumption will be that course participants have successfully utilized some techniques from prior trainings and are ready to develop additional skills.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how attachment disorder is related to early developmental trauma.

  • Explain how to use strategies in the home with difficult children that develop emotional connection, social reciprocity, responsibility, and empathy.

  • Based on the understanding of basic theory and treatment goals, create treatment plan and parenting modifications that address the underlying needs of children with RAD/developmental trauma.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, counselors, social workers, educators, nurses, family members, and other mental health professionals who work with individuals with reactive attachment disorder

Continuing Education Credits:

ACT 48 2.0

CADC 2.0

NBCC 2.0

Psychologist 2.0

SW 2.0

CEU 0.2

We are pleased to offer Act 48, CADC,  NBCC, Psychologist, Social Work and CEU credits for this webcast.  Please download the test and application form before viewing the webcast:  (Adobe PDF); (MS-Word)

For ACT 48--Please download the packet here.

If you have questions, please contact
Jennifer Lichok at lichokjl@upmc.edu

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Continuing Education Credit

Each program is offered for the designated number of continuing education credits



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming is certified by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board (PCACB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) continuing education credits for those participants attending the entire program. 



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. These programs are being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.



The indicated number of credit hours of continuing education is provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LCSW renewal. For information of social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.



Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming the indicated hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


For Technical Support: email connellp@upmc.edu  or call Patrick Connell at 412-802-6906 

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