Karen welcomes Eileen Devine to the show for a two-part discussion on the intersection of attachment and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Eileen has over a dozen years of clinical experience and is the adoptive mother of a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. She believes that kids do well if they can and that when we understand the way a child's brain works, we then understand the meaning behind challenging behaviors.
Eileen's goal is to not only support parents in feeling more competent and confident in connecting with their child by parenting from a brain-based perspective, but to also recognize their experience as the parent of a child with challenging behavioral symptoms and the impact this has on their sense of self and well-being. When these two sides of the neurobehavioral coin can be equally addressed, there is less frustration and increased hope in this unique parenting journey.
Eileen has her Masters in Social Work and is a certified facilitator in the teaching and application of the neurobehavioral model, as developed by FASCETS founder, Diane Malbin. She has also completed Tier 1 training in Think: Kids Collaborative Problem Solving. Eileen is an instructor for the Post-Master's Certificate in Adoption and Foster Therapy through Portland State University's Child Welfare Partnership, training other therapist on the neurobehavioral model.