Nature Helps Facilitate Attachment and Healing

Tomorrow is the first day of Adoption Knowledge Affiliates’ annual conference in Austin, TX, and I’m pumped up! I can’t wait to reconnect with other professionals who work with adoption, attend some of the sessions, and meet other adoptive parents and adoptees. And – I’m excited to share my ideas, rooted in an ecotherapy approach, […]

By |November 11th, 2015|Adoption, Attachment, Ecotherapy, Healing, Nature, Parenting, Play, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nature Helps Facilitate Attachment and Healing

Parenting Unique Kids: How Wild Animals Can Help

Kids who have experienced trauma – adoption, foster care, neglect, abuse, significant loss – often have unique needs. Traditional parenting approaches don’t always work, requiring some creative, out-of-the-box thinking.

Here is one such out-of-the-box idea: let the lives of wild animals help you out.

The lives of wild animals (and plants) are full of fascinating and interesting […]

By |October 4th, 2015|Adoption, Ecotherapy, Healing, Hypervigilance, Nature, Parenting, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Parenting Unique Kids: How Wild Animals Can Help

Adoption Narratives: Insights into Adoption and Attachment Trauma

This Friday is National Attachment Trauma Awareness Day, which was created with the hope of helping families heal by shining a light on early attachment trauma. This blog post was written in honor of NATA Day.

Adoption is full of confusing, poignant, and ambiguous truths. Even under the best of circumstances, adoption comes with a certain […]

By |June 13th, 2015|Adoption, Trauma|Comments Off on Adoption Narratives: Insights into Adoption and Attachment Trauma

Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents

Anyone who is regularly exposed to trauma and suffering is at risk of developing secondary trauma. First responders, humanitarian workers, and ministers are but a few examples of people who regularly bear witness to suffering and trauma and who are, thus, at risk.

First Things First: What exactly is trauma?

Anything that overwhelms a person’s ability to […]

By |May 18th, 2015|Adoption, Hypervigilance, Parenting, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents