Attachment in the teen years can be challenging to navigate. As a child transitions to adolescence, their primary attachment with caregivers now shifts to peers.
They reach for autonomy and freedom, some of which they are not ready for.
Parents must balance giving just enough but not too much freedom, modelling interdependence and relationship health…setting the child up for success instead of hard life lessons. If there’s been an attachment trauma, or other trauma, this will impact the parent-child relationship in ways that can exacerbate mental health challenges. The transition of the teenage years can then become complicated.
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This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.
Christina Reese, PhD, LCPC, has been working with children impacted by trauma for over 15 years, and has recently completed training as a TBRI Practitioner. She helps children and their families impacted by a variety of traumas, providing both in home and in school therapy to these children. Over this time, Dr. Reese has partnered with schools in Baltimore County and Baltimore City to help teachers find interventions that get results in the classroom. A passionate advocate for children and their families, she has worked with children in court ordered drug treatment at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, as week as in residential treatment centers and in the community.
Dr. Reese, a recognized attachment and trauma professional, has created a comprehensive guide that explains attachment over a lifetime. her book, Attachment: 60 Trauma-Informed Assessment and Treatment Interventions Across the Lifespan (PESI, 2018), offers trauma-informed strategies to facilitate connection, rebuild trust and restore positive emotions.
Dr. Reese is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland and Pennsylvania as well as a licensed clinical supervisor. She received her Master's Degree in community counseling from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and her PhD in counselor education from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Past work experiences include being director of a mental health clinic and the case manager of the Howard County Cold Weather Shelter, working with homeless individuals and families. additionally, Dr. Reese is very passionate about her work focusing on attachment and has extensive experience with adoptive families and children in foster care.
Financial: Christina Reese has an employment relationship with Mosaic Community Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Christina Reese has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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