Trauma and Attachment (TAG) Program

What:

TAG is a training, support and treatment program for guardians and children suffering from attachment disorders  and/or a complex developmental trauma.  The program is designed to promote attachment behaviors in adopted or foster children.

Parents Will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of trauma and attachment, symptoms, behaviors, prospects, and impact on families.
  • Learn specific techniques to promote attachment.
  • Develop understanding of the children’s feelings.
  • Build a cooperative team within the child’s community – family, school, other services.
  • Have access to feedback and support regarding their children’s progress.

Children Will:

  • Participate in safe attachment methods, which can be carried over to home and community.
  • Develop strategies to manage those feelings, which may be causing difficulty (anger, sadness, etc.).
  • Learn ways to communicate those feelings.
  • Learn ways to improve problem solving and conflict resolution skills.

Format:  

  • Group play therapy for children.
  • Group instruction, discussion and sharing for parents or guardians.

Group Length:

There are two phases to the program (TAG 1 and TAG 2). Most children and their caregivers who complete TAG 1 will move on to TAG 2. Each of TAG 1 and 2 run twice a year for 12 weeks each. Additionally, any caregivers who are or have been involved in the TAG programs are eligible to attend biweekly parent support groups (TAG 3).

Participants:

Minimum 8 children, Maximum 10 children

When:

TAG is offered two times a year: September and January.  Please contact the Intake Receptionist at CASA Weber Centre for exact dates and times.

Where:

CASA Weber Centre, 1560, 5555 Calgary Trail NW,  Edmonton, AB  T6H 5P9

Who Can Refer:

Mental Health Clinicians

Referral Eligibility:

  • Child has been diagnosed with an attachment disorder.
  • Children attending this group are between the ages of 5 years and 12 years.
  • Children are currently living in a secure, safe home (minimum 1 year) with committed non-biological parents or guardians.
  • Current family functioning will allow the parents or guardians and child to participate in therapy for up to two years from the start of the program.
  • Children will not be involved in concurrent treatment.
  • Physician care is transferred to the CASA psychiatrist.
  • The referring clinician will make a written commitment to provide follow-up care.

Eligibility exclusions:

 

Information Required:

  • Children’s Mental Health Regional Intake documentation.
  • Completed CASA referral form
  • A comprehensive mental health assessment, (psychiatric or psychological assessments will also be accepted) and a DSM IV diagnosis completed within the past year.
  • A letter of referral stating a commitment from the referring clinician to provide follow-up care.
  • Children’s Services Information Consolidation (when available).

Referral Process:

  • The referring clinician directs a referral along with the completed CASA referral form to Regional Children’s Mental Health Intake (780-342-2701).
  • Regional Intake will screen the referral for eligibility and required documentation.
  • If appropriate the referral will be forwarded to CASA Intake Services.
  • Families will be asked to attend a screening interview where they learn more about the program and expectations.
  • CASA will advise the referring clinician of the outcome of the referral.

For More Information:

Please contact the Senior Therapist, Melanie Jonkman 780-400-2271 or Clinical Practice Lead, Wanda Polzin 780-400-2270.

 

    

  CASA Family Handbook