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The Impact of Attachment Disruption and Trauma on Behavior, Brain Development and Mental Health

  • Solace Center 1470 West Herndon Avenue Clovis, CA, 93612 United States (map)



Course Description: This course is designed to help individuals working with children and adolescence understand the global impact of developmental trauma and prolonged, unaddressed stress. Additionally, the course will review the role trauma, attachment-disruption and stress play on health and wellness outcomes. This workshop will describe symptoms and behaviors common to traumatized children and will offer strategies to address these concerns.

Learning Objectives: Upon competition of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define and discuss attachment, attachment styles, and the impact of attachment disruptions.
  2. Identify the concept of developmental and complex trauma.
  3. Review the impact of trauma on development and physical, emotional and mental health.
  4. List and describe common behaviors, symptoms and diagnosis of children in foster care.
  5. Examine developmentally appropriate strategies for addressing difficulties/challenges common in traumatized children.

Who should attend: This workshop is essential for anyone working with young children and families including educators, mental health clinicians, home visitors and case managers.

Trainer: Julie Torok-Mangasarian, LMFT, I-FECMH Specialist** is a licensed marriage anJulie Torok-Mangasarian, LMFT, RPT-S is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the Clinical Director of the California Psychological Institute in Fresno, CA. Julie is a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, infant mental health specialist, reflective practice mentor and certified educator of infant massage (CEIM). Julie specializes in use of play to treat complex and developmental trauma in young children.


  • 8:30-9am: Rrgistration
  • 9am-10:15am: Basic Needs: Met and Unmet - Abuse and Neglect - Attachment and Attachment Disruption
  • 10:15-10:30am: Break
  • 10:30am-12pm: Biology of Trauma – Biology of Chronic Stress/ Toxic Stress
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:15pm: Brain, Behavior and Mental Health: Brain Integration/Regulation, Executive Functioning and Implicit & Explicit memory.
  • 2:15-2:30: Break
  • 2:30-4:30: Strategies/Interventions/Modalities & Wrap up

CEU’s: Attendance to this training meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and/or LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Prov. # 131780. Certificate of Completion will be handing out at time of sign out.

IMH Hours: Workshop is aligned with the California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (2016). 1-hour in area A, 1.5-hours in Area C, 1.5-hours in Area D, .5-hour in Area E, 1-hour in Area F and .5-hour in are G.

Co-hosted with the California Psychological Institute who is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and/or LEP’s. California Psychological Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course content.

Cancelations/Grievances/ADA: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs. Full Refunds will be provided with 3-day written notice of cancelation. Cancelations less than 3 days prior to event or in cases of Non-Attendance refunds will not be granted. If you have questions or to report grievances, please contact Cristina Rodriguez 559-256-0985 email:

Registration fee includes light continental breakfast or afternoon refreshments and Certificate of Completion and/or Continuing Education Units and session handouts. Lunch will not be provided.