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Why Do Children Act Like This?

Learn to improve the well-being and lives of children and families.

This intensive online, attachment training series for parents provides evidence-based insight for those struggling with problem behaviors. With humor, grace, and researched neuroscience, instructor, ATTACh Executive Director Mary M. McGowan, will help bring hope for healing to the children and youth in your care. You’ll learn about adult and child attachment styles, arousal levels linked to survival mechanisms in the brain, behaviors associated with attachment difficulties and developmental trauma, and strategies for attachment-focused parenting and teaching. 

This training is open to ALL parents/caregivers, but if you are a MINNESOTA PARENT/CAREGIVER, this training series is available at no cost through a grant awarded by the Medica Foundation. It will offer additional supportive services to parents and caregivers who have a child or teen receiving treatment/care from a Minnesota-based therapist/clinician. Should you meet the qualifications of our grant, we will waive the $75 registration fee making the training FREE. Apply today by contacting us at [email protected]


  • Attachment and Attachment theory, Attachment across generations
  • Attachment, developmental trauma, and the brain
  • Loss and grieving
  • Behavioral outcomes of developmental trauma, neglect, and early separations
  • Attachment-focused parenting 
  • Supporting your child in the school system

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  • Define Attachment both adult and child styles of Attachment.
  • Describe the intergenerational relationship of Attachment styles.
  • Identify personal triggers for anger/fear/rejection.
  • Describe Window of Tolerance and arousal levels associated with survival mechanisms in the brain.
  • Describe the losses felt by parents and children.  
  • Understand the relevance of grief in the lives of those affected by trauma and loss.
  • Describe the behaviors associated with Attachment difficulties and developmental trauma.
  • List five strategies of Attachment-focused parenting.
  • Identify five strategies that are helpful for schools.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:    Parents, Adoptive Parents, Foster Parents, Caregivers, Kinship Providers 

TIME:   6:30 pm 8:30 pm (CT) 

DATES:  Thursdays Only - Virtual Zoom Training

  • February 3, 2021
  • February 10, 2021
  • February 17, 2021

COST:   IF PARENTS/CAREGIVERS RESIDE IN MN NO CHARGE - Contact us at 612-861-4222 (office) or [email protected],org to get a registration code to enroll for free.

PARENT - $50 Member / $75 Non-Member
PROFESSIONAL - $90 Member / $100 Non-Member

CEs: CEs are not available for this course offering.

Training Instructor

Mary McGowan

ATTACh Executive Director

Mary McGowan is an adoptive parent of five and an experienced trainer who teaches and consults across the country and worldwide. Mary holds a National Certificate in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Family Based Placements and is a Nationally Certified Family Group Decision Making Facilitator.

Should you have questions, contact ATTACh at [email protected].
For upcoming online trainings, recorded workshops, and other educational resources,
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