Parent Class

Integrative Parenting

Parenting a child who has experienced trauma in his or her life can be overwhelming. Often the child’s behavior is extremely challenging and doesn’t respond to typical parenting methods.

Helping Parents of Traumatized Children Navigate the Tough Times through ‘Integrative Parenting’

If your child has suffered from:

  • Neglect and abuse
  • Separation from parents
  • Losses
  • Medical trauma
  • Frightening events

… You don’t have to go it alone. ATCI has developed innovative parenting strategies for helping children in crisis, and this training is now available online.

The course includes:

  • Nine online classes, each of which is approximately 40- 60 minutes
  • Demonstration videos and slides
  • The ability to watch and re-watch the classes at your own pace in the comfort of your home.

Class Objectives

One: Understanding your child through the lens of Trauma
  1. The 4 fabulous ingredients of secure attachment
  2. Trauma and Your Child’s Brain
  3. Trauma and Your Child’s beliefs
  4. Triggers, triggers everywhere
  5. The frustrating and heart-breaking behaviors of the traumatized child
Two: The effect of trauma on trust and attachment
  1. What is attachment trauma?
  2. “I want to be close to you, but I’m afraid”
  3. Attachment Categories
  4. Myths about attachment disorder
  5. The littler hurt child on the inside
  6. Your traumatized child and his mixed-up thoughts
Three: Calming your child’s brain through mindfulness and relationship
  1. Brain integration – what’s the big deal?
  2. Helping your traumatized child with his thinking
  3. Emotional attunement and mindful connection – keys to calming your child’s brain
  4. The power of play for healing trust and trauma
Four: The truth about meltdowns
  1. Identifying “upstairs” and “downstairs” meltdowns of the traumatized child
  2. Anatomy of the meltdown
  3. The “Domino Effect”
  4. Interrupting the falling dominoes
Five: Responding to other scary behaviors
  1. Is your child self-comforting through food or sexualized behaviors?
  2. Lying, stealing, defiance, and aggression
  3. Bathroom and sleep problems
  4. Attuned responses that calm the trauma behaviors and integrate the brain
Six: Becoming a happier parent
  1. Is your child self-comforting through food or sexualized behaviors?
  2. Recognizing how your dominoes merge with your traumatized child’s dominoes
  3. Vulnerability factors
  4. Addressing your thought dominoes
  5. Healthy self-talk and a calmer, happier you
Seven: Becoming whole
  1. When raising a traumatized child impacts your relationships
  2. Parent grief – You are not alone
  3. Especially challenging behaviors and the attachment categories
  4. When your own inner child is triggered
  5. The advantages of finding healing for your own traumatic past
Eight: Boundaries and Consequences: The how
  1. Expanding your child’s tolerance for distress
  2. “Integrative Parenting” – boundaries with attunement
  3. The “How Not to” – the pitfalls of emotion-driven parenting
  4. The “How” to helping your child heal
Nine: Boundaries and Consequences: The what
  1. Specific behavior management strategies that help – but don’t hurt
  2. An ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure
  3. Teaching after the fact
  4. Putting on your detective’s hat
  5. Consequences and rewards with traumatized children
  6. How professionals can help

Your Presenters

Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP, Cathy Schweitzer, MS, LIMHP, and Stefanie Armstrong, MS, LIMHP, are internationally known trauma specialists, trainers, and co-authors. The presenters also offer individual and group parent coaching. Learn More →

Click the registration link below to register for the class and create your account to access this course!

Please note: once you have created an account, an email will be sent to you from ATCI to complete payment for the course and gain access. It is important to use an email to create your account that you plan to use to access the course in the future.

Viewing policy: 6 months from registration for the class. Viewing time beyond the 6 months will result in a $25 fee for a 1 month viewing extension.

Questions? Email

Online Parent Classes
There are unique challenges to guiding a wounded child through the maze of trauma and attachment problems.  As a parent, the ‘Integrative Parenting’ class provided me with the taste of serenity through knowledge and allowed me to find the wisdom I needed during the tough moments.

– Douglas Vincent, parent


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