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Date: Friday, May 6, 2011

Time: 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Registration: 8:00AM

Location: Toronto Congress Centre
                  650 Dixon Road
                  Toronto, ON M9W 1J1, Canada

Price: $125 (including lunch)

The Conference Outline

8:00AM Registration and Coffee/Refreshments

8:45AM Welcome by Susan Schumacher, President of Attachment Association of Canada

9:00AM-12:00PM Daniel Hughes Presentation with 3 panelists (Arthur Becker-Weidman, Mary-Jo Land, and Candee Forest)

  A child's attachment behaviors facilitate all aspects of his development. When a child has experienced abuse, neglect and loss, his attachment abilities need to be fostered if he is to resolve the incidents of trauma and loss and proceed to develop in a healthy manner. In this seminar, four professionals who are very familiar with attachment theory will present its implications for assisting the foster and adopted child to make progress through the opportunities provided at home, in school and in psychological treatment.

12:00PM-1.15PM Lunch                        

1:15PM-2:45PM Workshop 1              

2:45PM-3:00PM Coffee Break            

3:00PM-4:30PM Workshop 2             

There are four workshop topics and professionals available at this conference. Each professional will run one workshop topic twice in a row. Each registrant chooses two of the four to attend.

Parenting a Child with Trauma-attachment Difficulties by Daniel Hughes
Dan will present practical ideas and strategies for parenting a child with trauma-attachment difficulties. He will briefly present the attitude of PLACE (Playfulness, love, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy) that underlies his recommendations and he will respond to the questions of those attending.

About Daniel Hughes
Dr. Daniel A. Hughes received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio University, with a clinical internship at the University of Rochester Medical School. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), and the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh).

He consults with various mental health, social service, and residential treatment agencies in the U.S. and other countries. He presents workshops and trains therapists in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Scotland, England and Ireland while maintaining a direct service practice in Pensylvania. Dan is the author of Facilitating Developmental Attachment (1997) and Building the Bonds of Attachment (1998/2006) and Attachment Focused Parenting (2006), Attachment Focused Family Therapy (2007) and Attachment Focused Parenting ( 2009).

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Complex Trauma by Arthur Becker-Weidman
Complex Trauma is a clinical formulation that describes the effects of chronic, early, maltreatment, within a caregiving relationship. This workshop will provide participants with a brief overview of what is Complex Trauma, and more importantly, the effects of Complex Trauma on child development, behaviour, and implications for parenting and treatment. Parents will learn specific principles and approaches to use with their children. Therapists will learn specific principles and methods that they can use in their treatment of families with Complex Trauma.

The seven domains of impairment caused by Complex Trauma will be described. The implications of this for parenting and treatment are vital to successful outcomes for families. The focus is on discovering the underlying causes of disturbing behaviours and helping parents and professionals understand the relational nature of these difficulties, which requires a relational-based treatment/parenting approach.

About Arthur Becker-Weidman
Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D. received his MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and his Ph.D. from the University of Marylandís Institute for Child Study. He has achieved Diplomate Status in Child Psychology and Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Psychological Specialties. He is a Registered Clinician with the Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children.

Dr. Becker-Weidman has been treating the families of adoptive and foster children for over two decades. As Director of the Center For Family Development he consults with Departmentís of Social Services, Residential Treatment Centers, and Mental Health Clinics throughout the US, Canada, Singapore, and Internationally. Dr. Becker-Weidmanís work has focused on the evaluation and treatment of adopted and foster children and their families, Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Alcohol Related Neurological Dysfunction (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FAS). He provides training and workshops to parents and professionals across the U.S. and internationally.

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Relational Complexities in Families of Children with Attachment Difficulties by Mary-Jo Land
This workshop is all about the complexity of relationships in families of children with attachment difficulties. We will explore how parents' relationships with their own parents is reflected in their current relationships with their children: how we bring forward what worked and as we try to leave behind what didn't. Marriage strain is common; we will examine how parenting stressors can affect marital harmony. All of the children in the family may be affected by attachment difficulties in one child. For children, it is sometimes hard to navigate your relationship with your sibling who has attachment difficulties. As we understand these complex inter-relationships, we gain insight into pathways to peaceful, healthy relationships. This workshop is designed for parents and for those who serve families of children with complex trauma or attachment disorders.

About Mary-Jo Land
Mary-Jo Land is a Certified Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist and Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist practicing in Ancaster, Cambridge and Toronto. The primary focus of Mary-Joís work is facilitating secondary attachment and resolving Complex Developmental Trauma in children. Mary-Jo is the President of The Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children.

Additionally, Mary-Jo is co-author of the Journey of Peace stories and peace education curriculum. As consultant to Help the Afghan Children, she travels to Afghanistan where The Journey of Peace is being implemented in schools around that country. (see ).

Mary-Jo presents and trains internationally in both fields of work.

To learn more about Mary-Jo Land go to: or

Attachment-Focused Discipline for Schools by Candee Forest
Participants will learn about the current behavioural challenges schools face, how these impact learning and how an attachment-focused approach to school discipline can improve the life of the school, the community and most importantly, the students. Through the use of case studies, educators and parents will gain an understanding of what works and doesnít work for children whose behaviour interferes with academic and social success. The goals of this workshop are to uncover the power of attachment in the school setting and provide practical strategies and interventions that can be used at home and at school.

About Candee Forest
Twenty-five years as a teacher, special education teacher, and administrator has provided Candee a wealth of experiences with children from kindergarten to grade eight. Most of her career has been spent working with at-risk students in high needs communities. As an elementary school principal she has developed an attachment-focused discipline model that embraces the work of leaders in the field of attachment.

She is a regular guest lecturer at the Faculty of Education for York University and UOIT where she shares her practical application of attachment theory with educators.

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You can either travel to the Lawrence West subway station and transfer to the Malton #58 bus or travel to the Kipling subway station and transfer to the Martingrove #46 bus. Both of these buses will take you directly to The Toronto Congress Centre. For further information visit

GO Transit
GO provides bus service to The Toronto Congress Centre via the Brampton bus service. Please call 1 888 GET ON GO for information or visit for schedules.

From Toronto Pearson International Airport
Take Airport Road eastbound for approximately 3 miles; turn onto Dixon Road. Continue eastbound past Hwy 27 until the first set of traffic lights. Turn left into The Toronto Congress Centre. For further directions, please call: 416-245-5000 or visit

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