Explore Our World-Class Speakers
Janina Fisher, PhD
Psychotherapist, Consultant, Trainer
Janina is a Boston-based licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk.
Consultant Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor
Ireland-based developer of a trauma model called Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI) in which individuals learn to self-calm through the use of sensory regulating activities that can be easily embedded into daily live routines
Kim S. Golding
United Kingdom-based Clinical Psychologist, author and DDP consultant and trainer. With over 30 years of experience, Kim works to improve the lives of children affected by early relational trauma.
Susan Harris O’Connor
MSW, LICSW, ASQ/CQIA
Susan Harris O’Connor has worked full-time for over 30 years having held Program Director positions in the areas of family services, foster care, adoption, post-adoption services, and family support, to name a few.
History of ATTACH
Created to help families and society deal with critical attachment and bonding issues.
The first conference convenes.
This groundbreaking organization and annual conference was created to help families and professional communities deal with critical attachment and bonding issues. Before March, 1989, there had never been a conference centered around the care of children and youths facing developmental trauma, bonding and attachment issues. Even though there was a great need for continued education and new resources and approaches, no such platform existed.
ATTACh is officially created.
The enthusiastic response to the first historic gathering of like-minded professionals led to the formation of ATTACh (The Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children) as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in September, 1990. ATTACh founders included American and Canadian mental health professionals, educators and other experts, as well as parents of children with attachment disorders.
ATTACh spreads its wings.
By 2004, the organization had grown from 50 to nearly 600 members, from all over the world, sharing their insight, resources and tools to help children face the challenges of developmental trauma and attachment.
No signs of slowing.
ATTACh continues to develop practice standards, a library of information, and the our internationally attended Conference held each fall. Now in our 32nd year, attendees from across the map gather to teach, learn and develop better practices to provide the best care and treatment available to our children, youth and their families.