Date:  February 24, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
One hour lunch on your own


Skagit Transit Center
105 E Kincaid Street
Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Please be aware there is limited parking available!
Driving Directions 


Lyndie Case
Skagit County Child and Family Consortium


About the Presenter:

Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA, LICSW

Publications: Attaching Through Love, Hugs and Joy, Jessica Kingsley Press, 2014.

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents. 2002, Jessica Kingsley Press, 2012.

Nurturing Adoption: Creating Resiliency after Neglect and Trauma, 2007, Jessica Kingsley Press 2012.

Games and Activities for Attaching with Your Child, co-author, Jessica Kingsley Press, 2015.

Numerous articles for newsletters and magazines are also in publication.

Licenses: Washington Social Worker, Washington Mental Health Counselor.

Honors: Lifetime Achievement Award received September 2015 from ATTACh (Association for Training on Attachment and Trauma in Children).

Henry Meier Practitioner in Residence, School of Social Work, U of WA.


Nurturing Attachment and Building Executive Function

Course Description: Inhibiting impulses, using working memory, generalizing information from one situation to another, categorizing, putting things into perspective, sustaining attention when it takes an effort, motivation, noticing our impact on others—these all are executive functioning attributes. But children and teens who have stressful early lives, with many ACES, show up in disproportionate numbers as having executive dysfunction.

This practical all-day workshop looks at ways that all teachers, social workers, and psychologists can help develop better executive functioning and stress regulation in children. We will look at methods of stimulating the development of executive functioning, ways to accommodate children who have it, and family and school environments that are best in developing regulation.

We will also discuss the preventative role that secure attachments can play in helping children’s brains, and ways to protect and enhance the security of attachments—especially in vulnerable families.

Workshop Outline:

9:00 Executive functioning (dysfunction). How does it influence everyday life?

 10:15 Methods to help the development of executive functioning

 11:30 Accommodations for children who have executive dysfunction—beyond star charts 

 12:30 lunch (on your own)

1:30 Attachment’s role in helping to reduce stresses’ impact on executive functioning

2:00 Major research projects—what works to enhance both attachment and brain regulation?

2:30 Ways to support families in developing attachments—practical methods

3:30 Q and A Consolidation of learning


Course Fee: $40 payable through PayPal (no account needed), check or purchase order.  Information on where to send the payment on the registration page. **Please note:  When paying with a credit card through PayPal, the charge will appear from Foundation of United District 304

Clock Hours: Six (6) clock hours offered by NWESD 189 will be available for purchase at the workshop.