Monday, March 29, 2010

Back in the saddle

Troy and I took off for the weekend and my amazing mom stayed with the kids! No one ran away or had a major breakdown and the house was in one piece when we returned. I left in a good mood and it was a little harder to come home than I thought it would be. But I was up and going this morning and have some calls to the doctor and insurance that I am putting off by blogging.

The main reason for this post is I'm catching up on conferences and groups so I just thought I'd post the latest information I have. Even though Tanya is the only one working with a therapist right now, I see attachment issues with Ana and Victor (not as deep rooted at Tanya's) as well. Both these groups give ideas and explanations for actions and behaviors of adopted children and (better) ways to deal with these behaviors.

Thanks to Diane and Save A Child here is the information for the upcoming Free (with a copy of the book, Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control: Volume 1 or Volume 2. The book is your ticket for free admission for both you and your support person) Conference on Attachment.

It will be held on:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

9:00am - 4:00pm


Mt. Olympus Presbyterian Church
3280 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

Here is information on another Attachment seminar, it's hosted by the place we go to therapy.

The information is below, more information and online registration can be done through our website at

Touchstone Therapy Center Inc. Presents:
Facilitating Attachment Security in the Foster/Adoptive Child and Family

When: Friday, May 14, 2010
Where: Conference Center
Ogden Marriott Hotel
247 24th Street
Ogden, UT 84401
Cost:Purchased before April 30th, 2010: $125 per person
Purchased after April 30th, 2010: $139 per person
includes refreshments during breaks
and presentation packet

They had a conference last year in St. George and I've just heard amazing things about it, so I should really go, but haven't committed yet. Tanya has come a long way since we started working with our therapist from touchstone. There are explanations to her actions and behaviors and ways to work through her thoughts and actions. It has been so helpful for us.

I missed the FASD conference, but the Ut group has just started a facebook page to post future information and seminars in Utah. Log into facebook and look up:

Ut FASD Coalition


Diana said...

Glad you were able to get away for a weekend. Nearly 3 years into this deal, we still haven't been able to do that. We are SOOO longing to do so. Maybe someday! We'll see how both of us being gone all day for BCLC and then me being gone for the whole weekend for the retreat go. So far, we really don't have anyone we can trust to leave our kids with for more than just a few hours, though. Well, there's lots of people we trust, but don't trust that our kids won't chew them up, spit them out, and then smear them all over the walls before we come back.

I'd heard aobut the touchstone conference and have heard it is really good. If it weren't so expensive, I would be definatley be going. Even our therapist recommended this one!

There is also a conference coming up soon that is sponsored by the Utah Adoption Council. I went to that one a couple of years ago with a friend of mine who did foster care. We had so looked forward to a couple of days of refreshment and respite. Instead, we both HATED it. It was so negative and so depressing and so overwhelming that we both left the first day completely shell shocked. The second day ended up being even worse. Plus, we were completely disgusted by the number of DCFS workers who were only there because they had to be. Rather than paying attention and actually trying to learn something, most of them either played sudku, worked on their needlepoint, or slept through all the presentations. So, my advise is to skip that one.

Thanks for the advice on the facebook page. I immediately hopped over there and became a fan of the page.

Jen said...

Thanks Carlin. This is good information. Hope you are feeling better after a little break. You're a trooper.