“Our society needs a paradigm shift—one in which we truly support children and families struggling with reactive attachment disorder. It starts with education.”
-Forrest, Executive Director
The Institute for Attachment and Child Development is more than a place for children and families to heal. As part of our mission as a nonprofit organization, we also educate, support, and advocate on behalf of parents and professionals working or living with children with reactive attachment disorder.
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Workshop: Stomping on Foster/Adoptive Mom’s Love and Breaking the Cycle of Abuse and Neglect (FREE)
No workshops scheduled at this time.
Our workshops are intended for foster and adoptive parents and their families, professionals, or students who would like to understand:
- what reactive attachment disorder is & isn’t
- the effects of early childhood trauma & symptoms
- how the disorder damages family relationships
- what you can do about it as a parent or professional
Why our workshops are important for service providers and parents:
- Current brain research emphasizes the critical importance of attachment for healthy personality development in children.
- Children are often misdiagnosed and medicated incorrectly in schools, foster care, and mental health systems.
- 85% of children in the foster care system who await permanent homes suffer from serious emotional/behavioral disorders.
- The life-long impact on children with reactive attachment disorder who aren’t treated properly results in a loss of childhood.
- The impact on society for children inappropriately treated results in loss of productivity and increased treatment costs for our society.
Workshops and presentations by Forrest Lien, LCSW, Executive Director of the Institute for Attachment & Child Development
As the Executive Director and therapist at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development for 20 years, Forrest Lien has extensive experience and knowledge in regard to children with reactive attachment disorder. Prior to his work with the Institute, Forrest was the Treatment Foster Care Coordinator for the Casey Family Program in Tucson, Arizona for 12 years. Forrest is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, and consultant on subjects relating to emotionally disrupted children and those who work and live with them. Forrest challenges the techniques that parents, clinicians, and teachers typically use with children who have reactive attachment disorder. He has presented over 300 workshops and has consulted professionals who work at residential treatment centers, psychiatric practices, hospitals, foster care/adoption programs, and attachment clinics. Television and radio programs, including HBO, 20/20, and The Today Show, have invited Forrest on their programs as an expert in regard to reactive attachment disorder.