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Join us for this experiential workshop designed to support successful engagement of parents in the child therapy process.

Many clinicians attest the major challenge they face in their work with children is not the child, but the parents. In these cases, you will need to shift your work to first support the parent in their very painful and difficult feelings so they can begin to have a more open perspective towards their child.


This two day, online, interactive, and experiential workshop will guide you in learning the steps towards successful parent attachment work. You will learn how to identify when a parent needs more focused individual work, setting goals for the parent, navigating parent/child sessions, and more. 

Sneak Peek

Dafna and Karen share what participants can expect during this experience!

$450 per person

$50 for CEs

Areas of Focus

How To Identify When A Parent Needs More Focused, Individual Work

How To Set Goals For The Parent Focused Work

Assessing When It Is Time To Re-introduce the Child Into The Therapy Room

How To Navigate Parent/Child Sessions When The Parent's Defenses are Re-triggered

How To Help Parents Initiate Repair


8:30 a.m - 4:00 p.m. CDT

Both Days of the Event

Weds/Thur: April 28-29

There will be an hour long lunch break each day, with two 15 minute breaks, one A.M. and one P.M. 


Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S

Chaddock Director of Clinical Practice

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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Dafna Lender, LCSW

Private Practice

Dafna Lender, LCSW, is a certified trainer and supervisor in both Theraplay and Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna's main interest is in using attachment-based interventions to treat children with serious psychological problems cause by histories of abuse, neglect, trauma, and/or multiple placements. Dafna's focus is children's development of a secure attachment with the caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history.

Dafna earned a BS in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a BS in Social Work from Tel Aviv University in Israel, and a Master in Social Work from Yeshiva University in New York. Dafna co-authored two chapters of the 3rd Edition of the book Theraplay: Building Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play 

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