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A monthly online educational program exploring an experiential, whole-family approach, so you can heal childhood trauma, restore secure attachment and help turn tragedy into triumph. Registration closes May 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT Attachment & Trauma-Informed Therapy for Children, Adults, Couples and Families HEALING TRAUMATIZED FAMILIES Join Dr. Terry Levy and Dr. Diane Poole Heller for… NEW TRAINING NOW OPEN FOR A LIMITED TIME JOIN NOW

“If you’re building a house, you better have a solid foundation. This is the foundation of life.”

Dr. Terry Levy

“If we wanted to change the world, the fastest way to change it would be to heal attachment.”

Dr. Diane Poole Heller

Have you ever found yourself face-to-face with a child in crisis… and you don’t know how to help?

When it comes to children, therapy is far too frequently seen as a last resort instead of an early intervention.

By the time a child ends up in your office, things have likely escalated to a breaking point. They may be getting into fights, running away or openly defying their parents.

Or maybe they’ve directed their distress inward, becoming emotionally distant and suicidal.

As a result, their relationships with parents and siblings get strained, amplifying feelings of being unloved and alone. But the conflict rarely stops there.

Instead, it seeps into the entire family, dissolving the loving bonds that once held them together. And chances are, the child sitting across from you has heard that it’s all their fault.

Is it any wonder, then, that they may not want anything to do with therapy? No one likes to feel like they’re the problem, especially not kids.

You know that a “problem child” is really a hurting child… but where do you go from there?

A child’s trauma and attachment injuries don’t occur in a vacuum… so they can’t be healed in one. Trauma happens within relationships.

And usually, children are in relationships with adults who carry their own traumas, attachment injuries and counterproductive behaviors.

Their unresolved pain may be complicating and undermining their efforts to help their child.

More often than not, even the best-intentioned parents don’t see their role in the dynamic.

So the family continues in a vicious circle of conflict and trauma, and the child’s developing brain begins to change, setting them up for a lifetime of challenges with relationships, authority and societal expectations.

But there is hope…

It’s possible to end the turmoil and lead families to emotional healing and reconciliation.

We are all born with an innate desire to love and be loved, and we can learn to create the safety and security that allows us to connect.

With the right tools and strategies, we can help families improve communication and problem-solving, enhance their connection with one another and give our children a brighter future.

To heal our children and families, we must…
  • Understand attachment and its effects on a child’s development and the family unit.
  • Learn how trauma changes the brain and how we can use neuroplasticity to support recovery at any age.
  • Incorporate experiential therapies into our clinical practice to re-establish safety and security.
  • Work within the family system to create lasting change and healing.
  • Begin to respond to children therapeutically so we can build resilience and reset a course for the future.
  • Improve our ability to communicate across attachment styles.
“What a gift this knowledge has been to me and my clients. With new interventions, knowledge and skills, we’ve been able to make significant progress more quickly. And as the family and I continue to enhance, deepen and practice our skills, we’ve learned to lean on each other with love and trust.
And that is the miracle of this therapy.”
-Bonnie Mierav LCSW, Director of Social Services, Adoption Links Worldwide
Our next Topic series…
Healing Traumatized Families
Attachment & Trauma-Informed Therapy for Children, Adults, Couples and Families
Led by Dr. Terry Levy and Dr. Diane Poole Heller
Registration closes May 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT
Here’s What We’ll Cover in the Next 6 Months
MODULE 1: May 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am MT
Attachment, Trauma & Family Systems Therapy

Allison experienced severe neglect and failure to thrive during her infancy in a Russian orphanage until she was adopted at 27 months old. Her adoptive parents brought her in for therapy when she was 11 years old to address lying, stealing, violence, suicidal ideation—as well as threats, rage and defiance.

Therapy focused on healing early developmental trauma, teaching therapeutic parenting, repairing the parents’ marriage, and creating family safety, security and emotional closeness.

  • Discover the importance of working within the family system to address a child’s behavior and change damaging dynamics.
  • Understand the neurobiology of trauma, so you can exercise the power of brain imagery and imagination to help clients recover from attachment disorder and trauma.
  • Pinpoint the 4 post-traumatic stress symptom clusters and learn how to involve, engage and motivate both parents and children to heal and feel their genuine emotions.
  • Learn the 5 components of effective experiential interventions that help both adults and children to learn to self- and co-regulate, as well as develop self-control.
  • Recognize why it is vital for therapists to understand attachment theory and to presence secure attachment in their sessions.
MODULE #2: June 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am MT
Experiential Interventions

Niko had a history of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. As the target of his mother’s Munchausen by Proxy—by age 15, Niko exhibited symptoms of severe depression, anxiety, social isolation and suicidal ideation, including suicidal attempts.

He refused to go to school, suffered from severe nightmares, sleep deprivation and emotional numbness. He eventually came to therapy with his father and stepmother.

Our therapy focused on dealing with resistance, forming therapeutic rapport, working through trauma, facilitating parent-child communication and healing the father-child relationship.

  • Learn to opererationalize attachment theory and use the brain’s neuroplasticity to heal attachment wounds and trauma at any age.
  • Understand how developmental experiences remain stored in our bodies, leading to unhealthy attachment patterns and higher instances of illness and addiction.
  • Watch and learn how to implement experiential interventions that promote collaboration, develop reciprocity and reduce anxiety about emotional closeness.
  • Explore the therapist’s role in supporting clients toward healing attachment injury and trauma.
  • See how physical interaction, role play and cognitive rescripting can help children tap into the limbic response and nourish secure attachment.
MODULE #3: July 13, 2021 @ 11:00 am MT
Healing Parents Training

Connor was adopted at 7 months from a Vietnamese orphanage. Born 6 weeks premature, he was abandoned by his birth mother and spent 3 months in the hospital for chronic lung disease and pneumonia.

At age 7, he began therapy with his adoptive parents. His father was angry and abusive; his mother was depressed and had PTSD due to sexual abuse as a child. Connor’s symptoms included aggression, rage, defiance and inability to bond with his parents.

Therapy focused on teaching therapeutic parenting and healing Connor’s early developmental trauma.

  • Explore therapeutic interventions that help families create the emotional, social and moral climate for positivity and connection.
  • Learn how to help parents reinterpret a child’s behavior, understand if there are negative core beliefs at play and respond therapeutically.
  • Demonstrate to parents how they can regulate a traumatized child’s nervous system through calm and consistent parenting.
  • Teach parents to gain awareness of their own trauma history, so they can be more mindful of their emotional reactions when managing distress.
MODULE #4: August 17, 2021 @ 11:00 am MT
Attachment Communication Training

Laura was raised in an intellectual, non-emotional family, in which she learned avoidant attachment patterns. Laura’s partner, Jason—a victim of abuse and neglect—developed an anxious attachment style.

Through Attachment Communication Training (ACT), they both learned how to communicate more constructively with each other’s attachment style, which improved their relationship dynamic and allowed them to become a unified, co-parenting team for their child.

  • Explore how early childhood attachment patterns carry into adulthood and manifest themselves in relationships.
  • Learn to use the Life Script, an attachment assessment tool that uncovers rich information from a client’s past and present.
  • Discover how your clients can learn and earn secure attachment as adults.
  • Use ACT as a framework to help couples and families practice safe and positive communication that promotes better connection across all attachment styles.
MODULE #5: September 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am MT
Corrective Attachment Therapy and Parenting

Barry’s birth mother was a 15-year old Latina girl, shamed and rejected by her family for getting pregnant.

Subsequently, Barry was adopted by an older, childless white couple—who struggled to help him overcome developmental trauma and form an emotional attachment to them.

By age 13, his many symptoms included severe anger, aggression, oppositional and controlling behaviors, school refusal and running away from home.

In this attachment and trauma-based family therapy, we not only focused on helping Barry grieve the loss of his birth mother to heal his emotional attachment wounds, we also worked with the parents to repair their marital relationship and teach therapeutic parenting.

  • Discover how to work with traumatized families to establish trust, open their hearts and create loving relationships.
  • Learn simple corrective practices families can implement to heal compromised attachment and unresolved trauma.
  • Help parents learn to nurture, set boundaries and instill skills that will prepare children to succeed in their adult lives.
  • Familiarize yourself with the 10 Cs of Loving Leadership, a roadmap for parenting compassionately and effectively.
  • Get crucial tools and support to avoid becoming activated or dissociated when working with challenging clients, so you can create a safe and trusting space for healing.
MODULE #6: October 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am MT
Facilitating Parent-Child Attachment

After suffering abuse and neglect, April was adopted from a Siberian orphanage when she was 2.5 months old. By age 7—when she began therapy with her adopted parents—April exhibited impulsivity, aggression, lying, stealing, cruelty to animals, and a lack of remorse and attachment to her parents.

This therapy process focused on helping April and her adoptive family process grief and lower her defense mechanisms, so she could become emotionally vulnerable to improve and strengthen the parent-child bond.

  • Understand the root cause of each attachment style, and learn which behaviors promote secure attachment.
  • See how experiencing a healthy relationship can heal vulnerable infants and young children despite their disrupted attachment wounds.
  • Examine the role of early developmental trauma on attachment adaptations, which can cause a wounded child to act out.
  • Learn which corrective experiences should be used for each attachment adaptation during clinical sessions to build resilience and promote healing.
Plus, You’ll Get the Following Bonuses…
BONUS #1

Implementation Call with Dr. Heller and Dr. Levy

Join a 60-minute Q&A call where Dr. Heller and Dr. Levy help you apply and integrate techniques and strategies learned throughout the course into your everyday practice.

We will:

  • Discuss how to integrate skills, tools and therapeutic exercises immediately into your clinical practice.
  • Explore applications of specific experiential interventions to support clients as they reconnect and heal.
  • Guide you through questions about challenging cases and real-life client scenarios.
BONUS #2

Interview with Anna Chitty & Ray Castellino:
Working with the Relational Field Through the Lens of Birth

The experiences of conception, gestation and birth have lasting influences on us. Discover the wisdom of going back to the very beginning to uncover primary sources of trauma and initiate healing.

We cover:

  • How attachment develops in utero (the original imprint), why our own fetal imprints affect our healing as adults and ways to facilitate secure attachment during pregnancy.
  • How you can help clients differentiate between the imprints of what happened to them before birth from the truth of who they are today.
  • An experiential exercise that leads clients into relationship with their original blueprint, so they can connect to primal energy and remember their purest healing state.

Anna Chitty co-founded the Colorado School of Energy Studies. In her 40-year career, Anna has focused on understanding how body, emotions and mind are interdependent and unified in their function. Anna is the director of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy 700-hour training program. She has developed a unique approach to teaching that combines experiential and cognitive approaches based on an understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System.

The late Ray Castellino co-founded About Connections with home birth midwife, Mary Jackson, to support secure attachment in the birth process. He worked with many different psychological models, taught prenatal and birth training, and co-taught Body Into Being with Anna.

BONUS #3

Intake & Assessment Packet Created by
Terry Levy, PhD, D.A.P.A., B.C.F.E.

Facilitate and expedite the entire client intake process, so you can more efficiently assess the child’s behavioral issues, as well as influences of family system dynamics.

This packet uses the Three Pillars of Assessment (developmental history, the attachment history of parents/caregivers and a symptom checklist) to help you better understand the source of behavioral challenges, so you can begin to formulate therapeutic goals and sessions.

Includes:

  • Registration Form: Enhance basic data with inquiries into the attachment issues and family system and dynamics.
  • Child’s Biography: Allow parents to expand the narrative about what they’re observing and experiencing with the child.
  • Parent Biographies: Sets the stage for current family dynamics, as well each parent’s family history and background.
  • Children’s Behavioral Symptom Checklist: Understand and evaluate the severity of children’s behaviors using this 50-symptom checklist. Includes a helpful glossary of terms.
Ready to Start? Join Today!
Registration closes May 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT
 

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Our next module begins on May 18, 2021!
A monthly online educational program where we explore complex topics, share expert learning and gain practical skills and interventions to help people grow and thrive.
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Explore a variety of deep and complex topics not often covered in traditional training programs
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Learn from renowned experts, ready to share years of professional experience
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Join an engaged & friendly community that supports you while you support others
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Gain new skills and interventions to help people grow & thrive despite their trauma
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Discover a consolidated library of tools, training, client case studies, clinical demos & experiential exercises
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Stay current with the latest training and you can obtain CE credits every six months (as you complete training topics)
Who should join us?
  • You’re an experienced therapist already working with individuals, couples or families and you want ongoing support, expert insights, interventions, case studies, clinical demos and exercises.
  • You’re a newer therapist or mental health professional who wants to gain confidence and strategies to manage the complexities of working with children, couples and families.
  • You are a parent who’s tried other methods to address your child’s emotional and behavioral problems and want to better understand the root cause and find the right tools to improve your relationship.
  • You are the parent of an adopted child and want to support them in processing early trauma to better understand how to provide the safety and security they need to form closer bonds and heal.
  • You are an educator, foster parent or social worker who needs a more comprehensive understanding of how disrupted or compromised attachment issues contribute to child development, behavioral issues, communication and the long-term impact of neglect and maltreatment of children in your care.
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    You are a therapist dealing with challenging cases and you need more tools and modalities for helping your clients overcome their struggles.
Our next topic series, Healing Traumatized Families, begins on May 18, 2021.
“We are hardwired to connect, and even children who’ve been really wounded with severe trauma—emotional/physical/sexual abuse, you name it—the attachment is still there. You can restore it.”
- Terry Levy, PhD
Here’s what you get every month…
#1: Downloadable Video Training, Audio and Transcripts

Get 24/7/365 access to all the teaching videos. Watch and learn on your time.

You’ll also get PDF transcripts and audio files because we know some people prefer not only to watch material, but listen and take notes on written copy.

#2: One LIVE Monthly Call: Training + Q&A

Each month, we’ll have a training call to review the teachings, learn from real cases and discuss topics comprehensively.

We’ll also share experiential exercises so you can see how to apply the work immediately to your practice.

As always, there will be time at the end of the call for your questions.

Can’t attend live? Don’t worry, there’s always a replay.

#3: Client Demos + Case Studies with
Dr. Levy

Observe how one of the most respected child and family therapists in the world works with his own clients.

Every month, Dr. Levy will share a 30-minute case study that follows a client through their therapy journey. You’ll see their remarkable responses to interventions and witness their progress over time.

We’ll go in-depth and discuss the strategies used—you’ll also learn how to apply corrective exercises and skills to your own therapeutic sessions.

#4: Access to our Private Membership Community & Facebook Group

You’ll join a warm, friendly and encouraging online community where we support each other as we learn.

It’s also a great place to discuss difficult cases, ask questions and share valuable resources and information.

“All I can say is WOW. I am now breathing deeper than I have in 35 years. I feel so light, as if I’m floating. When I think of the abuse, it’s just a momentary flash now. It has no emotional charge.
Thank you so much for changing my life.”
Patient of Terry Levy & Evergreen Psychotherapy Center
Meet Your Instructor
Terry Levy PhD, D.A.P.A., B.C.F.E.,

has been a psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and consultant for almost 50 years. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado and Florida, a board-certified forensic examiner and a diplomate and master therapist of the American Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Levy is also a clinical member of the American, Colorado and Florida psychological associations; the American and Colorado associations of Marriage and Family Therapy; and the American Family Therapy Academy.

Dr. Levy previously served as founder and director of the Family Life Center in Florida and the Miami Psychotherapy Institute, which offered family-systems treatment and training. He was co-founder and past president of the board of directors of the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh), an international organization dedicated to attachment and its critical importance to human development.

Dr. Levy has taught seminars for mental health, child welfare and school systems world-wide, including the American Psychological Association, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, American Academy of Psychotherapists, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Child Welfare League of America and the National Foster Parents Association.

He is co-author of the best-selling book, Attachment, Trauma and Healing, Second Edition; editor of Handbook of Attachment Interventions (2000, Elsevier Press) and co-author of Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust and Love.

About Your Host
Diane Poole Heller PhD,

is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and expert in the field of child and adult attachment theory as well as trauma resolution.

In 1989, Dr. Heller began working with Dr. Peter Levine, founder of SETI (Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute). As Senior Faculty for SETI, she taught Somatic Experiencing® trauma work internationally for over 25 years.

Her work with adult attachment has forged a path for adults with childhood attachment injuries to develop Secure Attachment Skills that lead to more connected and fulfilling adult relationships. She believes that by healing ourselves we heal our families, our communities, and the world as a whole.

Don’t miss your chance to learn directly from two internationally respected experts in trauma and attachment.
Enrollment closes May 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT
Continuing Education (CE) Option
Do you need CE Credits?

As part of a joint sponsorship with Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES), you can obtain 19 CE credit hours for this program, for an additional fee of $69.

Course Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Licensed mental health professionals

Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists

A Certificate of Completion is available to all participants at the end of the course (upon request) at no additional charge

It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. For detailed information regarding CEs, please visit: https://dianepooleheller.com/ce/information

For further information, please contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars, 1-800-376-3345, or [email protected].

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
  • Identify one aspect of trauma and attachment injury for each of the following: psychological, social, cognitive and biological.
  • List 4 effective individual and relationship-based assessment methods to diagnose developmental trauma.
  • Describe 2 skills-based and experiential techniques to improve emotional dysregulation, core beliefs, brain wiring and biochemistry, PTSD symptoms and relationship patterns.
  • Explain 2 aspects of how to utilize Attachment Communication Training to foster effective communication, conflict-management and secure attachment.
  • List 4 factors that have been found to be associated with post-traumatic growth.
  • Identify 4 skills that children develop, which are essential for later success in life.
  • Identify the 3 criteria required to diagnose PTSD.
  • Explain the 5 components that can make experiential interventions more effective.
  • List the 4 main attachment styles.
  • Explain how secure attachment is universal in babies and children across all cultures.
  • Identify 1 core belief as it relates to each of the four attachment styles.
  • Identify how trauma creates a negative working model in the 3 insecure attachment adaptations.
  • Discuss one way to rewire the limbic brain experientially to create a new lived experience.
  • Explain 2 goals of inner child work, used to address (therapeutically) early life perceptions and emotions.
  • Demonstrate 3 goals of psychodrama to achieve corrective and curative experiences.
Ready to take the next step?
Here’s Everything You’ll Get Each Month…
Healing Traumatized Families

A monthly online educational membership program where, for the next 6 months, we’ll be exploring an experiential, whole-family approach to heal childhood trauma, restore secure attachment and turn tragedy into triumph.

  • One LIVE Monthly Call with Dr. Terry Levy & Dr. Diane Poole Heller, including…

    – Training + Q&A
    – Client Demos + Case Studies

  • Downloadable Video Training, Audio and Transcripts
  • Access to Our Private Membership Community & Facebook Group
PLUS, these special
BONUSES!
  • BONUS #1:
    60-minute Implementation Call with Dr. Diane Poole Heller & Dr. Terry Levy
  • BONUS #2:
    Interview with Anna Chitty & Ray Castellino on Working with the Relational Field Through the Lens of Birth
  • BONUS #3:
    Intake & Assessment Packet Created by Dr. Terry Levy
Ready to Start? Join Today!
Registration closes May 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT
 

ALL FOR JUST Enrollment in Therapy Mastermind Circle
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Our next module begins on May 18, 2021!
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We’re confident this program will be a valuable investment in your education and clinical practice.

Try the Therapy Mastermind Circle 100% risk-free. If for any reason, you don’t feel it meets your needs, please contact our friendly Support Team within 30 days — and we’ll happily issue you a refund.

Frequently Asked Questions
How can we help you decide?
Do I need to be a therapist to be in the Therapy Mastermind Circle program?

No, you do not. While many of the people who join our program are both novices and experienced practitioners, the process and techniques you learn with us can be very helpful to anyone who would like to understand attachment theory more deeply or help support others. We welcome anyone who wants to explore in-depth subject matters on a monthly basis.

How long can I access the program materials?

You have lifetime access to your dashboard and materials for every for every 6-month topic you complete, including videos, transcripts, worksheets, exercises, demos and bonuses. You may also download or print the materials at any time.

If you cancel your membership to Therapy Mastermind Circle before completing the current 6-month topic, you will have 30 days, from the time you give notice of your cancellation, to download the materials for your personal use.

In the interest of privacy, client demo videos may never be downloaded.

Is this theoretical or practical training?

It’s both. We’ve structured this program in such a way so we don’t just tell you how to use theoretical concepts — we show you. You’ll be able to watch actual client demo videos, expert training calls and participate in experiential exercises and LIVE Q&A sessions with Terry and Diane. While they can’t get to everyone, they’ll do their best to answer your questions and give you tips on how to apply skills and techniques to your client therapy sessions. In addition, you’ll have access to the private FB group where Diane and Terry field questions.

How many CE credits can I earn for this specific 6-month topic series?

If you’re a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, or nurse — you can obtain 19 CE credits at the end of this 6-month series. Please note, there is a one-time fee of $69.

A Certificate of Completion is also available to all participants at the end of the course at no additional charge.

How much time should I spend on each module every week?

The time most people spend varies because of individual learning styles and preferences. Most of our students tell us they spend an average of 1-3 hours per module (per week) outside of our 1-hour LIVE Q&A sessions.

We also encourage everyone to work at your own pace — and at the very least, join us for the interactive sessions and demos, so we can answer your questions live.

What if I can’t show up live for all the training calls?

We would love to have you join each session live, but if you are unable to do so, all sessions and training calls (including the Q&A) are recorded, so you can still receive the information and coaching you need.

Additionally, the program module materials are yours to download and keep in your professional reference library. The only thing you cannot download are client demos — because we need to honor and respect client confidentiality.

We’re also here to support you in our private Facebook Group. It’s a great place to ask questions, share insights and get support from Diane, Terry and your colleagues.

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“We have two adopted children and both have experienced a degree of attachment disorder, moderate for our daughter and quite severe for our son. After 10 years trying every conceivable psychotherapy, we turned to Dr. Terry Levy.

It was the best decision we ever made for our family. They were the first ones to recognize the problem and were the first to be able to treat it. Their program was dramatic, as were the results. We immediately began to share a bond of love and security, as well as a mutual respect.

It still takes hard work, but it is now working with our children, not against them. This program should be required for all adoptive parents.

If we could, we would nominate them for the Nobel Peace Prize!”

-Patient of Terry Levy & Evergreen Psychotherapy Center

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