Wednesday, September 11th

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: From Theory to Practice

Mary McGowan, Executive Director of ATTACh

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Mary presented an all-day ATTACh seminar at our 2018 conference. The response was overwhelming so, of course, we invited her back as a keynote this year. In this presentation, Mary will walk us through how understanding developmental trauma and attachment is key to caring for children and youth. According to her, "taking this message from your head to living it is where the hard work begins."

Ms. McGowan served as a post-adoption specialist for North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) doing successful grass roots recruitment for foster and adoptive families for 10 years. She has earned accolades as the National Education Manager for the Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH) and is an experienced trainer who teaches and consults locally and nationally.

As a professional in the field and a parent of 5, Mary will share her real life stories of parenting and working with children with a hands-on approach. She'll give you key ideas on how to help parents and colleagues understand what is behind misbehavior and how we can all better serve the pressing needs of the children and youth in our care.

Thursday, September 12th

A Second Chance: Attachment, Substance Use, Pregnancy, and Neurobiology

Joanna E. Chambers M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Chambers is an expert in services to, and research with, postpartum mothers and their children where opioid use has been indicated. Her research shows how attachment and substance use are related from a neurobiological standpoint. It also shines light on why, from an attachment perspective, the opioid epidemic is especially complicated. Particularly given how many child welfare systems around the country respond to pregnant mothers with opioid use disorder.

Through her work in two Central Indiana clinics, Dr. Chambers has seen the benefits of keeping mothers and newborns together – for both the mother and child. She has also studied the services that are sometimes required to keep mom and baby together safely. Despite the many challenges, there is good news from a neurobiological perspective if interventions and services are responsive to what science is telling us.