Creating Secure Connections

Creating Secure Connections in Foster/Adopt Families Using DIRFloortime

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Michelle Harwell, MFT


This workshop will explore how early life experiences impact neurodevelopment in the foster/adopt child and how clinicians can support parents in nurturing connection and brain health. Michelle Harwell LMFT will be sharing methods for promoting attachment in the foster/adoptive parent-child dyad through an integration of DIR/Floortime principles and Dan Siegel's strategies for mindful parenting

Learning Objectives: By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to

  • Describe neurobiological vulnerabilities for children who have experienced multiple caregivers.
  • Cite 3-5 DIR/Floortime techniques to promote increased attunement in the foster/adoptive parent-child dyad
  • Explain techniques for promoting reflective parenting