January 20th, 2015

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD): Providing True Help and Hope for Traumatized Children and Their Families

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Carrie O'Toole, M.A.
Carrie O'Toole
Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.
Gary Sibcy

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Webinar Presenter

 

Carrie O'Toole, M.A., is an Attachment-based Intervention Specialist and the founder of Carrie O'Toole Ministries. She also serves on the board of directors for the Institute for Attachment and Child Development in Littleton, Colorado. Carrie uses her coaching, writing, speaking and podcasting to help others overcome relationship difficulties related to attachment. The O'Toole family adopted a child from a Vietnamese orphanage at the age of 3 1/2. Even following state-mandated training on attachment, Carrie admits they were totally unprepared to raise a child with severe Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). After eight years of therapy, special education, prayer, surgeries, and hospitalization, they made the heart-wrenching decision to place their son with a family from their church. Carrie is the author of Relinquished: When Love Means Letting Go and is a Board Certified Christian Life Coach. She and her husband, Bob, live in Parker, Colorado, and have two children, Brendan and Katie. Carrie is producing her first documentary on adoption with the help of her son, Brendan.

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with Piedmont Psychiatric Center in Lynchburg, VA. He is also the Director of the Ph.D. program in Professional Counseling and Pastoral Counseling and Care at the Liberty University Center for Counseling and Family Studies. Gary has co-authored several books with Dr. Tim Clinton, including Attachments.

 

Abstract

Children experiencing profound trauma in the first few years of life are at risk of developing Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), but this disorder is often misunderstood by families, therapists, schools, and the Church. Just as we all fight against God's love at some point, these children fight against their parents–especially the mother, or the "nurturing enemy." This Webinar explores how early trauma can cause RAD, the challenges of interacting with children suffering from RAD, and how effective treatments for RAD are very different from traditional therapeutic methods. In addition, you'll learn from a firsthand experience what it looks and feels like to have a child with RAD living in a family setting and the struggles parents face when seeking help. A new, practical, hands-on model effective for treating the whole family is presented, emphasizing the importance of attaching the child to the parents, not to the therapist.

Participants will:

  1. Analyze the difference between a secure attachment and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) through didactic models, experiential film clips, and firsthand testimonies
  2. Explain why traditional therapy is typically less effective with children suffering from RAD for both the child and the whole family
  3. Discuss a new model of treatment for families with RAD children and how to assemble a team to fully support children's emotional/mental health and social issues, along with the parents and family as a whole
 
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February 10th, 2015

Total Intimacy: A User-friendly Model for Restoring and Enriching Marital Lovemaking

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Doug Rosenau, Th.M., Ed.D.
Carrie O'Toole

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Webinar Presenter

 

Doug Rosenau, Th.M., Ed.D., has as his passion and calling: "cultivating a sexually healthy church." Over the past 35 years as a psychologist, pastor, LMFT and sex therapist, he has listened to more than 50,000 hours of stories. Doug enjoys using this practical wisdom in writing (authoring A Celebration of Sex and co-authoring A Celebration of Sex After 50, Soul Virgins: Redefining Single Sexuality, and Total Intimacy: A Guide to Loving by Color), teaching (adjunct professor at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Dallas Theological Seminary, Reformed Seminary - Jackson), and mentoring (co-founder of Sexual Wholeness-the only uniquely Christian graduate training in sex therapy). He loves to be known as a sexual theologian and evangelist.

 

Abstract

The goal of this workshop is to provide a model for counselors and educators to utilize in enhancing and restoring healthy sexual intimacy in marriages. Participants will be able to coach marriage partners in creating a more exciting love life through three, color-coded categories of intimacy. Each color provides a crucial part of falling deeper in love with a more complete passionate sexual intimacy. Green intimacy focuses on companionship and bonding connection. Purple-romantic intimacy-focuses on sensual coupling with fun flirtation that doesn't have to lead anywhere. Orange intimacy highlights the erotic, which ignites arousal and passionate lovemaking. These three categories form an intimate interactive foundation that helps couples fall deeper in love and renews their total sexual intimacy. Therapists who have used this model find it easy to explain in session and clients apply it readily to their marriages.

Participants will:

  1. Identify three categories of intimacy using the "Colors" Model
  2. Demonstrate the interactive nature of the three categories of intimacy in creating a total intimacy and healthy sexuality within marriage
  3. Discuss the "Colors" model as an effective intervention for restoring sexual intimacy in wounded or stale marriages
 
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