Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

ATCI offers short topic-focused webinars virtually, via Zoom.

Topic-Focused Short Webinars featuring guest speakers:

We are excited to invite guest speakers to talk about important topics focused on children and families with attachment and trauma related issues. Through the click of a button, you may join via “Zoom” for distance learning.

* These webinars are NOT eligible for CE credits or consultation hours*
* These webinars ARE eligible for EMDRIA credits if they are EMDR topic focused and if they are viewed LIVE*

Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW presents: "The Heart of Support: Being a Healing Presence for Parents and Caregivers"

Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, is Director of Program Strategy at Chaddock, a multi-service agency providing a range of residential, educational, and community-based services for youth, birth through age 21, and their families. While at Chaddock, she has been instrumental in the development of an innovative residential program for adolescents, ages 8 – 16, with Attachment Disorders and Complex Trauma. One of the only programs of its kind serving older adolescents, Chaddock’s Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program® (DTAP®) has served youth from 33 different states in the U.S. originating from 18 different countries.

Karen has more than 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families, the last 25 of which she has been at Chaddock. She has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters as well as articles which have appeared in Adoption Today and Fostering Families Today Magazines. Her first book, Attachment Theory in Action, edited with Debbie Reed, was released in 2017 and she also hosts the “Attachment theory In Action” podcast. Outside of work you will find her hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Carolinas.

What is it (exactly) that we’re doing when we engage with caregivers? Are we there for the transmission of superior information we have and they don’t? Are we there to correct caregiving errors? Have we found that this approach actually changes anything? What are our fundamental beliefs about the families we care for? Perhaps we will have to admit some prejudices, replace them with respect, remember what helped US when we needed it most, and focus on the power of relationship. In the process, we will create a new paradigm for support.

Learning Objectives:
A. Acknowledging who we are, who they are, and the differences.
B. Acknowledging why modeling, advice-giving, and parent training haven’t worked so well.
C. Noticing what does work:
1. Cues from child parent psychotherapy: What it means to really “be there?”
2. Building a relationship with the parent, so the parent can build a relationship with the
child: a completely different kind of modeling.
3. The power of Wondering, Following and Holding

    May 23 ,2019
    12-2 pm CENTRAL TIME
    $30 Registration Fee

    Group of 10 or more from the same agency- email for a group rate

    ***Registrants may purchase to view recording**

    *If you cannot attend live but would like the information, please register in order to receive a copy of the recording*

    Register Today!


    Attendance Policy: Registrants that cannot attend LIVE will receive a recorded version. Recording will be available for viewing for 30 days from the day the recording is distributed. Recordings are not eligible for EMDRIA credits.

    Refund Policy:
    Change your mind? Full refund will be provided for cancellations that are received at least 24 hours in advance. Webinars canceled with less than 24 hours notice will not be refunded. However, you will receive a link to watch the recorded webinar.

    For more information or questions please contact:


    The Attachment Trauma Center Institute
    638 North 109th Plaza
    Omaha, NE 68154