Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc.
TOUCHING TRAUMA AT ITS HEART
ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. JOIN.
There are so many ways to get involved with ATN’s all-volunteer, parent-led movement to heal traumatized hearts:
Advocate: ATN’s network of advocates are working on the state and national level across the US to bring awareness to the impact of childhood trauma and importance of healthy attachment.
Volunteer: Give your time and talents and work with a passionate team of volunteers to support families and show you care.
Join: ATN members are the best! Join as an individual/parent or as a professional who serves traumatized children. In addition to showing your support, membership gives you access to information and networking with others who are parenting/service traumatized children.
HELP HEAL TRAUMATIZED HEARTS
ATN advocates for policies, legislation, increased awareness and system change that:
- Provide/increase trauma-informed, attachment-focused resources and supports for traumatized children and those with attachment disorders.
- Support families (adoptive, foster, step and bio), their rights, their safety, and their importance in healing the hearts of traumatized children.
- Promote and sustain the creation of trauma-informed school policies and practices.
- Align with ATN’s beliefs and mission.
ATN’s advocacy efforts include raising awareness in communities and nationally about the needs of traumatized children for therapeutic interventions and therapeutic parenting, as well as providing input into legislation that impacts traumatized children and their families. This frequently includes policies in mental health, child welfare, education and adoption/foster care.
Everyone can be involved. ATN maintains an active Facebook group — ATN Advocates — where members and interested advocates share ideas, news, and other information. While ATN Advocates is open to all, we encourage you to support ATN through an active membership and/or direct donations, which are how our programs are funded.
ATN is powered by VOLUNTEERS — very passionate, and very busy volunteers. All volunteers should be current ATN members and should have a computer with internet access, as all work is done virtually. ATN volunteers are an AWESOME (and fun) bunch, and we’re very flexible — so the work can be done when you’re available.
Here are the areas where we actively need help in 2021:
Resources Directory Volunteers. Our incredible new Resource Directory needs volunteers to research trauma-informed, attachment-focused resources and verify information. If you like to search the web and talk to people…this is a great opportunity to help. It can be done when you’re available. Contact Kirsten Murdoch our Directory Coordinator
Bloggers. Are you a blogger who writes about therapeutic parenting, trauma-informed education or what it’s like to live with attachment and trauma challenges? Our Voices (ATN’s blog) has writers who are parents, teachers, survivors, clinicians, adoption professionals and more. We’d love to talk with you about blogging regularly or being a guest blogger. Our blog averages over 2,000 views per post. Contact Laura Dennis to discuss.
Advocacy Liaisons. As our advocacy efforts continue to grow, we need local/regional liaisons interested in connecting with policy makers and others in their area to talk about trauma-informed care in the areas of social services, courts/juvenile system and education. If you want to help expand these efforts, there’s definitely a place for you at ATN!
Support Group Volunteers. ATNs membership is growing rapidly! We need help supporting our growing membership of parents who need to know that they’re NOT ALONE in this therapeutic parenting journey and teachers who want to discuss specific strategies/practical ideas and ways of surviving/thriving as their schools become trauma-informed.
Social Media/PR Volunteers. Can you Tweet? Are you all about Instagram? Always checking your Linked In account? Help ATN get the word out through these social media platforms. Do you have a background in PR or just like to write – we can use that skill too. It’s easy, and can be done on your own schedule.
Conference Volunteers. Every February we need many volunteers to help with conference registration and as workshop monitors (those are the two main jobs). But we also have need for volunteers to help us in the self-care area, book selling table, extra events, and more. It’s a great way to get to attend the conference and to help make the conference a huge success.
Committees & Board Work. In a fast-growing non-profit, the need for experienced volunteers to lead and advise is great. If you are interested in lending your leadership and business expertise to the trauma-informed movement in a strategic way, ATN’s leadership could be the place for you. You will get to work along side some incredible trailblazers making a real difference in this field!
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in any of these areas. We can’t wait to have you working with us!
PROFESSIONALS, JOIN US!
Join the oldest national organization that promotes the healing of children impacted by trauma through their families, schools and communities! We provide support, education, awareness and advocacy for children impacted by trauma.
Membership includes better placement on our Resource Directory. Fill out this form to join us!
Free Basic Membership
This FREE annual membership is only for PARENTS/CAREGIVERS currently raising a child with trauma/attachment issues OR TEACHERS currently creating a trauma-informed classroom. Click here to learn more.
Your free membership includes:
- Electronic Subscription to ATN’s Connections Journal (three times per year)
- Online access to 24/7/365 peer support. (Support groups for parents offered on both email/Facebook platforms; for teachers only on Facebook.)
- Access to online archives library, including 10+ years of our newsletters and other member-only benefits.
- Access to experienced parent mentors.
- Access to members-only chats/webinars.
- Discounts on trainings and products.
Professional Membership – Individual – $100
- Ability to refer any and all your clients’ parents to join ATN for FREE!
- Access to Members-Only area of website.
- Discounts on trainings and products.
- Premium Listing on our new Resource Directory
- Potential opportunity to be featured in an “Ask a Pro” Podcast series.
- Certificate for display at your practice.
- Discount on registration to ATN’s Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools annual conference.
Professional Membership – Organization – $250
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Tom Kulesa joined the ATN Board of Directors in 2021 and currently serves as Treasurer and is a member of the finance resource committee and board development committee. He has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, strategic planning,