Children & Trauma Training


Leaning in to Listen:
How Children Express the Pain of Relational Trauma and Attachment through Behaviors

with Mary Dineen Elovich, LCSW
Friday, February 3, 2017
(snow date February 10th)

9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Back Nine Tavern, Plantsville
Fee: $40 includes lunch



This inspiring presentation will give an overview on the impact that trauma has on a youth's ability to learn and socialize within the school community. Youth with trauma navigate chaotic surroundings, insecure attachment styles, and intergenerational transmission of abuse and neglect patterns.  Challenging behaviors in classrooms serve to communicate the pain of violence, abuse and neglect often leading to an introduction into the criminal justice system. The children we are hoping to nurture enter into our care with a lifetime of experiential learning, taught within the relationships formed with caregivers and family members. Trauma is a harsh and unforgiving teacher! 

Traumatized children have developed adaptive coping strategies necessary to survive.  These very strategies that provide for survival at home make learning and socializing feel dangerous. A youth experiencing trauma or with an insecure attachment cannot biologically access the part of the brain needed to thrive in a group setting where learning new information is the goal.   Forming relationships with and between the youth in your programs is a prerequisite to guiding adolescents into adult prosocial citizenship. 

As adults we can gain self-awareness about the strategies we use to navigate our relationships.  This workshop will help providers gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of youth’s past experiences on present day functioning.  We are all doing the very best we can!   Together we can use attachment based tools and interventions to help create a new path forward of reciprocal teaching and learning between our youth and adults in the community.  

Current Attachment research coupled with collaborating findings in neuroscience demonstrates the role relationships play in providing youth with positive alternatives.  Community awareness and multidisciplinary collaboration in developing a shared understanding of the social, emotional, biological and cognitive needs in this high risk population, and the role strong adult/youth relationships has in forming a path toward health and success. Attachment and Neuroscience research has redefined the 3 R's as Relationship, Relationship & Relationship!

Mary Dineen Elovich, LCSW began her teaching career in Early Childhood and Elementary Education as a public school kindergarten teacher in Rochester, New York.  After moving to Connecticut to raise her three daughters, Mary changed direction and received a Masters in Social Work in 2006.  Mary’s clinical specialties are early childhood sexual, physical abuse and sexual trafficking.  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Mary began focusing on attachment and neuroscience research to understand the impact trauma, poverty and insecure attachments has on developing brain architecture. In 2014 Mary established Intentions Clinical Counseling and Training Center, LLC to train teachers, clinicians, medical providers and community members on the importance of using brain science to create relational environments for children that foster curiosity, hope, safety, the ability to socialize, learn and have a sense of connectedness in and out of the classroom to regulated, attuned  adults.  Since that time, Mary has trained internationally on the neurobiological impact of trauma and attachment research, is a Circle of Security Parenting Educator and Founding Member of the Attachment Network of Connecticut.   Mary served as the Executive Chair of the Greater Hartford MDT for four years helping to build a collaborative systems wide approach to working with victims of sexual and physical abuse. Mary is the Coordinator of Klingberg Family Centers, Child Abuse Treatment Services Program and is adjunct clinical faculty at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT. 








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