Dr. Lark Eshleman developed the STAT™ (Synergistic Trauma and Attachment Therapy) model of therapy for reactive attachment disorder (RAD). STAT™ seeks to enhance parental attachment by first and foremost promoting trust. In this two part presentation, she will discuss the history of this model and how to apply it in a clinical setting. The importance of the integration of various therapies for enhanced outcomes will be presented, along with how attendees can incorporate the concepts in their own clinical work.
Dr. Eshleman is trained and highly trained in therapeutic practices of Theraplay, EMDR, EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback), Attachment and Narrative Therapy, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy (TANT), family and individual psychotherapy, and school psychology for children with significant trauma and attachment issues. Her work has brought her into therapeutic contact with children and families who have suffered the emotional, psychological and neurologically damaging effects of war and other forms of organized violence.
In 1997 she was instrumental in working with Rotary International, and the Rotary Club of Lancaster, PA to develop a treatment and professional training center in Croatia after the Balkan war. From 1997 through 2000 she volunteered more than 10 months at the center. She worked on a New Orleans/ Houston base project called “Welcome Home” in which Children returning to New Orleans schools were screened and referred for on site programs to help them deal with the extreme stresses in their lives due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and on trauma- relief teams for other natural and man made emergencies.
Recently she returned to Singapore to teach her program to professionals who will be addressing the trauma of children orphaned in natural disasters, such as the earthquakes in China 2008. Her publications include, Healing Emotional Trauma: Treating the Wounded Child, 3rd ed (2009), a community based response program for children who have been affected by war an organized violence; a video, RAD: Solving the Puzzle (2001), which received a national award in the science and medicine division of the Telly Awards.
Lark’s book, Becoming a Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments with Your Adopted Child (Taylor Publishing Company) was published in December of 2003 to excellent reviews, and was updated and re-published in paperback in 2005. She has been a contributor to family and professional magazines and journals, and was recently highlighted in the 3rd edition of the 2009 textbook The Development of Children published by Worth Publishers. The text is used at many colleges and universities across the United States to teach child development. Its authors are Cynthia Lightfoot, Michael Cole, and Sheila R. Cole.
Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject
This course is offered at the introductory level.
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