Attachment & Beyond: Working With Foster And Adoptive Families


Sally Popper

Sally Popper

Karen Zilberstein

Karen Zilberstein

Speakers: Sally Popper and Karen Zilberstein.

Karen Zilberstein and Sally Popper serve as co-clinical directors for the Northampton, MA chapter. They have extensive experience working with children and parents struggling with trauma. Together they will present on how attachment relationships help ground us in many areas of social, emotional, and cognitive growth.

Attachment relationships have often been compromised in foster children due to their history of adverse caretaking and disrupted relationships. When youth enter new families, their working models of attachment interact with their new environment to create unique types of challenges. Often those difficulties interfere with the formation of a positive attachment in the new home and may trigger negative reactions in foster parents. Helping youth and foster families tackle attachment challenges constitutes an important aspect of treatment.

In this workshop, clinicians will learn about different attachment styles and how to help parents and youth work through maladaptive attachment patterns to create more positive relationships. Consideration will also be given to understanding the intersection of attachment with other difficulties youth may exhibit and the benefits and limitations of attachment interventions.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the different attachment styles and how to recognize them.
  2. Identify interventions to help parents and youth work through maladaptive attachment patterns to create more positive relationships.
  3. Explain the benefits and limitations of attachment interventions.
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