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UMFK to host a training workshop dealing with attachment disorders on March 18

March 2, 2009


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a training workshop entitled ““Taking the Steps to creating a Healthy Attachment” (Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)) on Wednesday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room. 

The training will provide information on the bonding/attachment process between a child and parent/s.  This crucial process begins and enables the healthy growth and development of the child throughout their life span.  In a healthy, loving and nurturing environment, the infant learns that the world is a safe place and they can trust that their needs will be met. However, if the infant’s needs are not met, or they are exposed to varying levels of neglect or abuse, the infant may develop a disorder call RAD, or attachment disorder.  This disorder presents some very challenging social, emotional, and behavioral issues.   

Lois Goodrich, LCSW, and Marian Bouchard, LCSW, will examine the process of attachment and discuss treatment strategies for working with parents and their child.  In addition, a panel of parents will be present to share their stories, experiences, successes, and challenges.   

The cost of the workshop for professionals is $60 per person. Professionals who register by Sunday, March 1 will save $10. The fee is non-refundable after Wednesday, March 11. Admission is free for the first 25 families. Thereafter, families will be charged $10. The first 25 UMFK students will be admitted free. Thereafter, the fee will be $10 per student.  

Goodrich has been a clinical therapist for over 34 years, providing a spectrum of services, but has specialized in the treatment of trauma arising from various sources. She currently serves as the clinical coordinator for Community Health and Counseling Services in the Aroostook region. 

Bouchard worked five years on the child and adolescent unit at Northern Maine Medical Center and five years under the direct supervision of Goodrich. She now works with foster families and adoptive families. 

Community Health and Counseling Services, Maine Parent Federation's Parent to Parent Program and UMFK's Academic Outreach are pleased to host the workshop for families and those who support them.     

For more information and to register, please contact Catherine Jandreau at 207-834-7908 or   interested individuals can download the registration form at: