Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D.
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An article Dr. Becker-Weidman wrote has just been published in Child Welfare, which is the Journal for the Child Welfare League of America. The article is:
Becker-Weidman, A., (2009). Effects of Early Maltreatment on Development: A Descriptive Study Using the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales-II, 88(2) pp.137-161.
If anyone is interested, we do have a PDF reprint and can send you the full article. Just go to our Contact Us page, fill out the form and ask for it.
Assessing Children with Complex Trauma and Attachment Disorder
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Dr. Becker-Weidman was the Keynote Speaker at the Ontario Adoption Resource Exchanges 50th Annual meeting in Toronto Canada on November 13, 2006. There were over 300 adoption professionals from the province attending the meeting. Staff from all of the provinces Children’s Aide Societies (the Canadian equivalent of U.S. Department of Social Services) and from the private adoption agencies attended. Dr. Becker-Weidman’s keynote address was in the morning was titled, “Clinical Knowledge and Strategies to Assist Adoptive Parents: A guide for Adoption Professionals.” The Keynote address described principles for child welfare practice and adoption placements. The Keynote address used prepared remarks, videotape, and power-point slides.
In prepared remarks, Dr. Becker-Weidman began his Keynote talk by noting,
I want to share with you a few thoughts about our mission and a vision of child welfare. I hope they can serve to frame our thinking today and lead to constructive action tomorrow.
The future of Canada is in your hands. This is an awesome responsibility. A society is only as good as its future generations and that future is our to shape and improve, if we have the six C’s of:
The courage to speak out about what we know is in the best interests of our charges and speak for them. They have no voice. You must be their voice and communicate their needs.
The conviction in our principles and in ethical care. This means putting children first. The best interests of the child must come first.
The curiosity to ask why is it done this way and not that way? Let me pose a very provocative question for you: what if there were no such thing as Crown Ward with access? Would this contribute to more or less permanency, and how? What do parents need to be successful in creating permanent homes for children?
The compassion to care; to let yourself be affected by your client, the child before you. Let me pose a provocative statement. It is through compassion, curiosity, and caring that children heal. When the child feels felt, feels your compassion and caring, and experiences a positive emotional connection with you, that child can heal. When you care, enact, and embody these principles by allowing a real emotional connection to develop, you demonstrate to the child that the child is valued, valuable, lovable, and important. This is the essence of a healing relationship.
I ask you today to join me in considering ways that we can enact and enhance these six C’s and create a better future for Canada's children.
Dr. Becker-Weidman’s closing remarks included the following comments:
I hope you've thought about the answers to these four questions:
The answers revolve around the use of five organizing principles:
2. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder.
3. The centrality of relationship.
4. Emotional engagement.
5. Reflective capacity and ability.
We discussed the terrible consequences of early chronic maltreatment and how this affects a child's ability to connect to and relate to caregivers and peers. We discussed how parents, adoption professionals, and schools together can help families stay strong and enable children to join and connect with their families.
It is always about connections, not compliance.
After lunch, Dr. Becker-Weidman presented an afternoon workshop, “Effective Parenting and the Special Needs Child: A guide for Adoption Professionals.” The workshop presented general principles and specific strategies for parents to use to help children who have experienced Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder heal and develop healthier and more secure attachments with their new family. Participants learned what principles to teach to new adoptive families and foster families and how to assess prospective families to determine whether they can provide the necessary emotional climate for children with trauma-attachment disorders. The workshop used PowerPoint slides and videotapes to present concepts and principles.
The popular set of three videotapes on Attachment Facilitating Parenting is now available on DVD. Purchase online!
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's article "Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and
New article by Charles W Slaughter, MPH, RD and Alika Hope Bryant, MA entitled Hungry for Love: The Feeding Relationship in the Psychological Development of Young Children.
Dr. Art's article entitled Treatment for Children with Trauma-Attachment Disorders has been accepted for publication in the March 2006 issue of Child and Adolescent Social Work.
Dr. Art was elected to the National Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children. Dr. Becker-Weidman's commitment, as a member of the ATTACh Board, is to bring a commitment to and a deep interest in research, improving and promoting attachment-based treatment, and parent advocacy. He will bring to the Board his clinical experience, his background in research, and a strong commitment to parent advocacy and clinical excellence.
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Read a mother's inspirational story about her son's journey of healing: "A Child's Journey to Parvuli Dei."
Read about Dan, who is 17 who is graduating high school and will be going into the Air Force. He was 12 when he was adopted, after eighteen homes, and was in treatment for about nine months.
The parents of Sarah, a teenager, sent me this note about her daughter's experience of her first meeting with me as part of the evaluation.
Other inspiration articles written by parents and children can be found on our HOPE page.
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an attachment-based therapy: An Effective Treatment for Children with Trauma-Attachment Disorders" describes the effectiveness of this approach with children with attachment disorders.