Training and Resources


At ABC of PA, we are committed to helping educate parents, professionals and the community about issues such as adoption, attachment and trauma, and how they impact children and families. We regularly provide seminars on these topics and can gear workshops towards parents and/or professionals. Please contact us for a speaker to come to your location, or to be notified of upcoming dates. Below is a list of trainings that we regularly provide. Please note that we are happy to tailor the content of the workshop to meet your specific group’s needs.

** ABC of PA staff are also available to provide clinical supervision/consultation at the post-masters level for mental health practitioners who are interested in increasing their expertise in trauma and attachment.


Trauma & Attachment Series: Is There Hope For This Child?

  • Understanding Early Trauma & Attachment Difficulties
  • Parenting Techniques that Work
  • Treatment Strategies for Children & Their Families

Bringing Them Home: Facilitating Attachment in Foster and Adopted Children

Connecting While Correcting: Discipline and Children Who Have Experienced Trauma & Loss

Parenting Children with Serious Emotional and Behavioral Issues

Talking with Children about Their Stories

  • "Adopted" Isn't a 4 Letter Word
  • The Dark Side: Talking with Kids about Difficult History

Family & Sibling Issues

  • You Are What Your Child Needs
  • Adoption Joys & Struggles: Not What We Expected
  • When the Brady Bunch Adopts Bart Simpson: Taking Care of Cindy
  • The Cleavers We Ain't: Strengthening Marriage Amidst Chaos

Supporting Adoptive and Foster Families in Your Church/Faith Community

For Service Providers:

  • From Classroom to Playground to Home: Coordinating School & Home Interventions
  • Clinical Strategies For Healing Past Trauma & Attachment Difficulties In Children & Adolescents
  • Clinical supervision and/or consultation for mental health practitioners

Additional private in-house trainings provided to various agencies. Contact us at 215-443-5060 for more information.


Websites and Organizations
The BEST website around for information, articles, links and on-line support group, sponsored by a mom of a child with attachment disorder - great for parents and professionals alike 
National Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children

Support meetings in West Chester, PA
A site devoted to parenting these difficult children
On-line attachment disorders support group
Has a great magazine for various adoption issues

Books on Adoption, Attachment and Enrichment

First Steps in Parenting the Child Who Hurts: Tiddlers & Toddlers
Caroline Archer, J. Kingsley Publishers

Parenting with Love and Logic
Foster Cline & Jim Fay, NavPress, 1990

A Child's Journey through Placement
(Foster Care and Adoption)
Vera Fahlberg, Perspective Press, 1991

Help for the Hopeless Child
Ron Federici, Federici & Assoc., 2003

Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children
Daniel Hughs, Aronson Inc., 1998

Facilitating Developmental Attachment in Foster and Adopted Children
Daniel Hughs, Aronson Inc., 2000

Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Needs Kids
Gregory Keck & Regina Kupecky, Nav Press, 1994

Parenting the Hurt Child
Gregory Keck & Regina Kupecky, Nav Press, 2009

Attachment Trauma, and Healing: Understanding and Treating Attachment Disorder in Children and Families
(Primarily for therapists)
Terry Levy & Michael Orlans, WLA Press, 1998

Don't Touch My Heart
Linda Gianforte Mansfield & Christopher Waldman, Pinon Press, 1994

Fun to Grow On
(Bonding activities w/ your child)
Virginia K. Morin, Magnolia Street Publishers, 1999

The Connected Child
Karen Purvis, McGraw Hill, 2007

The Whole Life Adoption Book
Jane E. Schooler, Pinon Press, 1993

Other Related Issues
Parenting and Marriage

When Husband and Wife Become Mom and Dad
Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall, Zondervan, 1999
A good read on a seldom-addressed topic.

Love Life for Parents: How to Have Kids and A Sex Life Too
Dave & Claudia Arp, Zondervan, 1998
Funny and down to earth, some great practical ideas for fitting some romance into busy lifestyles!

General Marriage Enrichment

10 Great Dates to Revitalize Your Marriage
Dave & Claudia Arp, Zondervan, 1997
Very practical - a fun way to set aside time to talk about something besides the kids!

The Five Love Languages
Gary Chapman, Northfield Publishing, 1995
Very readable, lots of examples on how to love your spouse in a way that is meaningful to them.

Getting the Love You Want
Harville Hendricks, 2007
Good communication builder, helpful insights about marriage, lots of practical exercises.

The Ultimate Marriage Builder: A Do-It-Yourself Encounter Weekend
Dave & Claudia Arp, Thomas Nelson, 1994
A great concept - can be tailored to your desires?