Practical, Evidence-Based Strategies for Working with

Challenging Children and Adolescents

Sought after speaker, trainer and published author Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S brings her vast knowledge and expertise from over 25 years of working with some of the nation's most complex children. Accompanied by colleague and trauma-informed schools expert Josh Carlson, LCSW, this one day workshop includes engaging lecture, discussion, video and role play. 

One Day Workshop

Go beyond theory and book knowledge! Lessons from the Toughest Kids will give you fresh, new ideas for those times when you are feeling totally ineffective when working

with kids and parents. 


This workshop will make the theoretical practical for professionals working with kids and engaging parents. Karen and Josh will be distilling concepts from clinical models that they use in the field: 

Developmental Trauma & Attachment Program


Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy 

Child Parent Psychotherapy

Attachment Regulation & Competency

Video Intervention Therapy

Your ticket also includes a complimentary copy of Karen's newest book, "Raising the Challenging Child", co-authored with Chaddock CEO Debbie Reed.

June 5, 2020

Atlanta, Georgia

Tickets $150 per person

CEU's $50 per person

Event Agenda


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Target Audience

Therapists or professionals working with children and families in clinical practice, school settings or human service organizations, including case workers, child welfare and counselors.

Fernbank Museum

767 Clifton Road

Atlanta, GAO 30307

Karen Doyle Buckwalter, 


Chaddock Director of Program Strategy 

Karen has more than thirty years of experience working with children, adolescents and families, 25 of which she has been at Chaddock. While at Chaddock, Karen has been instrumental in the development of an innovative residential program for adolescents with attachment disorders and complex trauma. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences. She has co-authored articles and book chapters that have appeared in Adoption Today and Fostering Families magazines. She is also a Theraplay therapist, trainer and supervisor.

Karen has a BS in Individual and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Social Work from Temple University. She has completed a two-year postmaster's training program in family therapy at the Meninger Clinic. 

Attachment Theory in Action, edited with Debbie Reed was Karen's first book. She also hosts the popular Attachment Theory in Action podcast.  

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Josh Carlson, LCSW

Director of The Knowledge Center at Chaddock

Josh has over 15 years of experience working with children and families at Chaddock, including residential and school environments as well as outpatient therapy. He is the Director of The Knowledge Center at Chaddock and oversees the training and consultation programs that TKC offers. He is also the Director of Caregiver Connections and oversees the infant mental health consultation program in the state of IL. 


Josh has presented at numerous regional and national conferences as well as provided trainings on trauma-informed schools and attachment-based and trauma informed care. He has a BA in Youth and Family Ministry from Midland Lutheran College and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently taking a sabbatical from working on his Doctor in Social Work from Walden University.


Josh is trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS).

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