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 Strategies for Working with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) Children in Adoptive, Residential and Family of Origin Homes

Broadcast Date: November 18, 2015
Course Code: A112


A. Rand Coleman, PhD
Clinical Psychologist/ Family Therapist
Neuropsychology Specialty
Devereux Foundation
West Chester, PA


Anne M. Coleman, PhD
Associate Professor of Life and Physical Sciences
Science Department Chair
Cabrini College
Radnor, PA

Program Description:

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD), complex trauma and developmental trauma are integrally related to the emotional and neurological impact of early childhood trauma and loss. Children with this history 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. This presentation will focus on strategies for treatment, including methods for parents, foster parents, residential staff and family support specialists. Practical strategies for increasing emotional connection, social reciprocity, responsibility, and joy in the relationship will be presented in an engaging real life case study format.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of the 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.
  • 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:

CADC 2.0

NCC 2.0

Psychologist 2.0
SW 2.0
CEU 0.2


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

If you have questions, please contact 
Nancy Mundy at mundynl@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, 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 has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059.   Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is solely responsible for all aspects of this program. This program is being offered for 2.0 continuing education hours.


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 licensure 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.



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