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Treating Children and Families with Attachment and Trauma Wounds

February 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Treating Children and Families with Attachment and Trauma Wounds

With: Lois Ehrmann PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, CTTS

Certified Attachment Focused Family Therapist









DATES:           Sunday February 28, Monday, March 1, Sunday, March 7, Monday March 8.  

TIME:           9:45 AM–1:00 PM EST (with 15 minute break) each day. 12 hour training. 


FEE:   $ 475 (early bird until January 24th $425). Please contact us (nachasconsulting@gmail. com) for special group and student rates.

Includes technical support, handouts,  and Continuing Education credits

All registrants will have access to recordings for 2 months following workshop.

Registration is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis


Program Description:

This is a two day (spread out over 4 days due to Zoom Fatigue) training about a number of treatment strategies that work in the healing of children and adolescents who have struggled with attachment trauma. After a very brief overview of attachment the presenter will share a number of specific attachment and trauma related strategies that she has developed and used successfully in her work spanning over three decades with attachment challenged maltreated children and their families. Specific protocols that she will teach and provide time for participants to practice include the following:

  • A protocol assessing the health of the child’s parents to assure if it is safe to push the child to attach
  • A method of exploring and comparing the child’s and the parent(s) internal schema or Internal Working Model so as to target objectives in the therapy
  • A unique way of conducting a trauma and attachment timeline in order to prepare the child and family for the trauma reduction strategies
  • Paper and Pencil assessment tools that can help instruct and direct overall treatment planning

The second half of the training incorporates actual session clips in order to expound on the various therapies that have been found to be the most useful in working with these children and their families. The use of art, play, using narratives and bibliotherapy will be discussed as unique and effective ways to incorporate various trauma reduction interventions such Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Internal Family Systems Model, Attachment Focused Family Therapy and more. The presenter will invite participants in trying out some of the tracking forms of family member patterns or parts during the observations of actual sessions. This training has been developed with the practicing clinician in mind who needs immediate tools to work with these children and not just theory and ideas. You will leave the training with some concrete interventions you can use immediately in your practice.


Meet the Instructor:

Lois Pessolano-Ehrmann PhD, LPC, NCC, DCC has been working in the mental health field for over 35 years. She is the founder of The Individual and Family CHOICES Program, a holistic trauma informed counseling center in State College, PA that has been providing cutting edge trauma informed therapy for over ten years.  Prior to that she co-owned a dual diagnosis outpatient counseling program called Counseling Alternatives Group for over 18 years. 

Her specialty areas include trauma and attachment struggles in children, adolescents and adults. She has worked intensively with adoption and issues of pre-natal fetal alcohol exposure.  In the last 10 years, Lois has extensively studied the art of holistic healing in regard to trauma through the use of EMDR and the Internal Family Systems Model as well as other methodologies that incorporate the body, mind and spirit. She has also been formally trained to provide Telemental Health/counseling via the internet or phone. More recently Lois was the lead researcher in the development of the Internal Family Systems Adherence Scale for the Internal Family System Foundation.

A sought after trainer both locally and nationally, she is also an adjunct Assistant Professor in Counselor Education and Supervision at PSU. Lois has presented nationally for many years for the National ATTACh Conference and until very recently served on that organization’s board of directors. She has also presented at the annual Internal Family Systems Conference specifically focusing on the use of IFS with children and families struggling with attachment issues.

A Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist (CTTS), Lois is also an Approved Consultant and Certified Clinician in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDRIA) as well as a Certified Internal Family Systems Clinician. Trained in IFS Levels 1, 2 and 3 as well as Somatic IFS she has introduced the IFS model to the children and families she works with, as well as groups of parents of traumatized children and to professional healers who work with traumatized families. She is a Registered ATTACh Clinician, Certified Attachment Focused Family Therapist/Consultant and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (NCE). In addition she is a trained Neurofeedback clinician and trained in clinical hypnosis.

Lois is the co-author of a book on best practices in attachment therapy and has self published books for children and their parents on attachment and Internal Family Systems concepts. For further information and an opportunity to see Lois’ published books, please visit her WEBSITE.


Target audience:  Mental Health & Associated Professionals,

Level:  Beginner, Intermediate

Application Deadline

February 26, 2021 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

 Notification of Acceptance

 Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $25) until January 28th, 2021. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable but registrant will be entitled to a credit towards a future training.  In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


Webinar workshops are accessible to all. For further information, please contact:  nachasconsulting@gmail.com or 917-862-2427

Grievance Policy

Nachas Consulting seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to nachasconsulting@gmail.com or 917-862-2427. Grievances will receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the disabled.

Webinar workshops accommodate the disabled. For further information, please contact:  nachasconsulting@gmail.com or 917-862-2427


CE Information:

Continuing Education Credit (12) is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:  Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.


Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.



Learning objectives:

By the end of Day One (mornings 1 & 2), participants will have:

  1. Identified at least three important constructs/definitions of Attachment Theory (attachment relationship; bonding; conscience development; internal working model;)
  2. Discussed at least three important ways in which healthy attachment facilitates healthy psychosocial development in the individual.
  3. Understood the concept of intersubjectivity and identified at least three ways in which it enhances and strengthens a healthy and secure attachment between a child and his or her primary caregiver.
  4. Identified at least five brain effects that have been observed in neuroscience studies as a result of unhealthy or impaired attunement and attachment.
  5. Reviewed at least five characteristics of children and adolescents that experience insecure versus secure versus disorganized attachment.
  6. Reviewed at least 4 Assessments for Attachment Issues in Children, Parents and Families and be able to construct observable, measureable, treatment plan goals and objectives that match the results of the assessment.

Day 2 Objectives (mornings 3 and 4): In this part of the training participants will:


  1. Discuss the continuum of attachment and bonding as well as the characteristics of each category.
  2. Review at least five characteristics of children and adolescents that experience insecure versus secure versus disorganized attachment.
  3. Discuss, observed via video clips, and practiced at least three strategies in which clinicians can assist the parent-child dyad in repairing attachment problems:
  4. Utilize the bilateral tapping methods to assist in reducing intensity of strong affect, to bring in imaginal nurturing in the recollection of a traumatic experience when younger or to develop or amplify a strength resource.
  5. Implement elements of Internal Family Systems psychotherapy to map out a child’s problematic behavior or patter and to map out the parent’s responses to the child’s pattern.
  6. Apply various types of breathing as well as some guided imagery and focusing on body sensations to increase affect regulation.




Lois Ehrmann training

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February 28
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Online Webinar, United States