Attachment-Focused Parenting: Parenting Children That Have Experienced Trauma (10/15/20)


This is a live virtual training being held via ZOOM.
There is no cost for this event.

Presenter: Mari Itzkotwitz, LCSW

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern

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Attachment-Focused Parenting: Parenting Children That Have Experienced Trauma with Mari Itzkowitz, LCSW

Approximately 130,000 children and teens in foster care are awaiting permanent, loving adoptive families.  Older children in several countries are also available for adoption. Many of these children have histories of complex trauma. To understand and meet their unique needs, parents must have a special skill set known as “trauma-informed parenting.”  This training provides an overview of the common parenting challenges including attachment, academic difficulties, emotional/social/behavioral issues as well as effective strategies for responding to these challenges. Participants will also explore the characteristics of parents best equipped to ensure a successful adoption experience.   

After the workshop, parents will be able to:

  1. Define and learn the importance of attachments
  2. Strengthen their knowledge of specific strategies in working with children who experienced trauma and difficulties with attachments
  3. Learn techniques to help families to prepare for promoting healthy attachments   
About the presenter

Mari Itzkowitz, LCSW, serves clients through telehealth throughout the states of Virginia and Maryland. She has over 20 years of experience providing clinical services to families who have adopted both domestically and internationally.

Mari provides individual, family and group therapy to adopted children, teens, adults and their families, as well as pre-adoption therapy for children and families moving toward finalization. Her specialty is grief and loss, and attachment issues.  Mari works from a family systems perspective and believes that strengthening the family bond is the most effective way to bring about change. 

 Mari is also a leader of the C.A.S.E. Training Team, providing training and education to adoption, child welfare, mental health and school professionals as well as parent groups, both locally and nationally. 

Additional Course Information

This event is approved for 2.0 hours of ongoing, elective foster parent training credit in a group setting for Kentucky foster parents.

If there are two adults in the same household that want to participate in this training, each person must register separately. Foster parent training credit is administered based on the duration of the meeting and each attendee’s participation. In order to receive credit, participants must be on video and visible to the moderators during the event.

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If you have questions about this event, please contact Karen Bowman at or 1-833-859-3278 (1-833-UKY-FAST).