Why They Do What They Do 2012 – TRAINING COMPLETED.

A ChildWise Community Learning Seminar

Distressed youth present a powerful repertoire of emotional and behavioral difficulties. They are often misunderstood. “Why They Do What They Do” and “Sustaining Empathy”, with featured speakers Elizabeth Kohlstaedt, Ph.D. Clinical Director, and Jim Fitzgerald, M.P.A. Chief Executive Officer of Intermountain, address the early formation of unhealthy patterns and provide principles for education, parenting, and treating these children.

Where: Kalispell, MT Hilton Garden Inn
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $75 (see below)

The training registration fee is $75, please add an additional $25 if you wish to claim continuing education credits (Up to 5.5 CEU credits and OPI renewals are available for social workers, therapists, psychologists and educators). For more information contact Cathy Huntley, Conference Coordinator, at 406-457-4816.


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, Conference Coordinator, at (406) 457-4816 or e-mail: cathy@childwise.org.

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