Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc.

touching trauma at its heart

touching trauma at its heart

The Attachment & Trauma Network, a 2016 Angel in Adoption® Recipient "Trauma-Informed "Trailblazer" has been the VOICE for traumatized children and their families since 1995.  Through our mission of Support-Education-Advocacy, we seek to improve the lives of children impacted by early childhood trauma, abuse and neglect, and prenatal exposures in their families, schools and communities. We believe that trauma-informed, attachment-focused therapy and teaching parents therapeutic parenting strategies are significant factors in helping our children overcome their early traumas and build resiliency and healthy relationships.  We believe that trauma-informed schools are the best educational environment for all children, but especially the significant population of children impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Understanding

Attachment Trauma

WHAT IS ATTACHMENT?

Attachment can be defined as a reciprocal relationship. In parenting (or child development) it generally refers to the relationship that develops first between the infant/child and his primary caregiver (often Mother). The quality of this attachment impacts the child’s physical, emotional, psychological and cognitive development. The quality of this primary relationship shapes the child’s basic ability to trust and how positively or negatively he views the world, himself and others. The quality of this first attachment impacts all other relationships.

EARLY CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

Trauma is defined as an “event outside normal human experience”. These events are generally emotionally painful and distressing, and overwhelm a person’s ability to cope, leaving him/her powerless. Feeling powerless is an important concept when trying to understand trauma – especially as you apply it to trauma in children. Many think of trauma as the result of a specific “event." But, early childhood trauma is just as likely (more so actually) to fall into the realm of chronic traumatic stress, especially in situations where children are exposed to repeated neglect, abuse and maltreatment. 

Treatment Options

TREATMENT

The most important component in helping a traumatized child to heal is a strong, therapeutic parent (primary caregiver). You can learn more about becoming a Therapeutic Parenting.

The second most important component is trauma-sensitive, attachment-focused therapy. ATN actively encourages ALL families to work with therapists who specialize in attachment & trauma.


Empowering Trauma-Sensitive

Families. Schools. Communities.

  • Each year I have more children with less social/emotional development. Trauma-Informed classroom strategies have helped me improve both the academic and behavioral outcomes of my students.
    Ilene Pawlak
    Kindergarten Teacher, NJ
  • Attachment and Trauma Network saved my family!
    Concerned Parent
    impacted by early childhood trauma
You are not alone

Ending the Silence

Child Abuse :  1 out of every 50 babies in US are maltreated.
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Child Abuse : 1 out of every 50 babies in US are maltreated.
Child Welfare League of America reports 82% of severely maltreated children have disorganized attachment.
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Child Welfare League of America reports 82% of severely maltreated children have disorganized attachment.
Adopted Children from foster care and internationally need therapeutic help with trauma and loss.
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Adopted Children from foster care and internationally need therapeutic help with trauma and loss.
National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System reports up to 5.5 million children referred to CPS for abuse or neglect annually.
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National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System reports up to 5.5 million children referred to CPS for abuse or neglect annually.
Empowering Trauma-Sensitive Community

Our Voice

ACEs and Toxic Stress: How We Can Heal Children’s Brains

As a trauma and emotion-centered psychotherapist, I am relieved that children are now being screened for toxic stress. Thinking about mental health as a byproduct of a child’s environment is an important addition to current thinking on how to improve children’s wellbeing. Rushing to diagnose a child with a potentially stigmatizing label, incorrectly blaming “defective”

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Paying Attention: The Most Exhausting Part of Parenting with ACEs!

[Original version published at ACEs Too High, May 26, 2016] Self-care? What’s that? I used to sneak away for a hot bath as often as possible when my daughter was in the need-me-every-minute years. I’d soak long past when the water went cold and I felt guilty at times but sometimes I needed to be alone.

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