Living and Working With At Risk Youth, A Developmental Perspective 2012 – TRAINING COMPLETED

A ChildWise Community Learning Seminar

When: Saturday, Nov. 10th
Where: Microtel Inn & Suites Sidney, MT
Time: 11:00 am – 4:30pm (lunch on your own from 12:30-1:30)
Cost: $50 (+ $15 if claiming CEU’s)

*Special discounted rate available for Parents & Foster/Adoptive Parents (Please contact the Conference Coordinator)


Difficulties associated with failure to master significant developmental stages and domains are often associated with insecure attachment and are compounded through childhood and adolescence. Attachment disruptions compromise normal childhood development and give rise to complex emotional and behavioral difficulties in many special needs youth. These special needs youth are often misunderstood, leading to poor assessments, misguided interventions and multiple academic and out-of-home placements that fail.

Participants will understand the interface of attachment and developmental processes. They will also learn the origin and assessment of emotional and behavior difficulties and central issues that must be addressed to foster change and growth.

This presentation will focus on attachment and developmental theory and will address:

  • The developmental origins of emotional and behavioral difficulties in children.
  • The interface between attachment and developmental processes which give rise to emotional and behavioral difficulties in personality formation.
  • How skewed developmental processes compound and exacerbate emotional and behavioral difficulties across time.
  • A way of seeing children that determines who we can be for them.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Huntley, ChildWise Conference Coordinator, at (406) 457-4816 or e-mail:

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