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The Language of Flowers: The Search for Connection with Children in Foster Care

From thistle to red carnations to mistletoe, Vanessa Diffenbaugh's book The Language of Flowers tells a compelling story of how a young woman, recovering from trauma associated with attachment injuries, progresses from extreme estrangement to connection with herself and others. The discussion will highlight the therapeutic approaches utilized by the characters in Victoria's journey. This event is for people who may love this book and who are interested in attachment issues associated with foster care and adoption.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Discussants:
Lorette Dussault, LICSW, is an advanced candidate at BGSP and is the clinical director of Foster Forward, a Rhode Island agency which works with foster parents, focusing on the well-being and permanency of care issues with foster children. She has a private practice in Providence and is an adoptive parent.

Katherine Morrell, Cert Psya., N.C.Psya., ABBP, CGP, is a faculty member, supervisor, and training analyst at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and is on the faculty at the New England Academy for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies/Group Study Associates, the New England Society for
Modern Group Studies, and the Group Center, where she has conducted numerous workshops and experience groups for teachers, parents, and students in both private and public school settings.

 

1.5 CE Credits

$10 in advance, $15 at the door

 

 

Objectives

 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the possible effects of trauma and attachment injuries in children in foster care
  2. Discuss ways that children adapt to attachment trauma, especially as seen in the main character in Language of Flowers
  3. Discuss therapeutic approaches to working with attachment difficulties.