Attachment/Trauma-Focused Therapy Certificate Program

Presented and developed by Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA

Have you enjoyed learning about attachment theory, but wondered, “But what do I do with families when they arrive in my office? What does therapy look like when I am treating children for attachment problems and their parents are in the room with their child or teen? What do I say or do with these people?”  Perhaps you are grounded in attachment work but wonder how to make your practice simultaneously trauma-informed and attachment-focused, combining both of these valuable components. Or, you may want to develop competency in treatment planning, ordering tasks when pacing trauma work, attachment, or traumatic grief.  You may feel competent in your work, but would like balance with countertransference issues, or assurance that you are covering the bases and current with the latest research. You may want, with the context of attachment and trauma work, to learn adaptations for children/teens with executive dysfunction or FASD. These practical considerations are all covered in this 5-day program.

Deborah Gray will be teaching, using examples and tapes from her practice, as well as referencing current research. Deborah was the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient from the International ATTACh organization. She is the founder of Nurturing Attachments, a specialty practice in treating attachment, trauma, and grief. She is the author of the books: Attaching in Adoption, Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma (a 10, all-time best child welfare book by Dee Wilson’s Soundingboard: Casey Family Programs), Attaching with Love, Hugs and Joy, and co-author of Games and Activities for Attaching with Your Child.  Promoting Healthy Attachments: Hand-on Techniques to Use with Your Clients, is due for publication by W. W. Norton in Spring, 2017.

This course is a 50 CE class, with 30 hours in-person and 20 hours completed through outside readings and videos. It can be combined with other on-line selections and readings, qualifying for Registered Clinician through ATTACh. Clinicians may sign up for additional 34 hours to qualify for ATTACh registered clinician status.  

Who May Apply: Master’s degree or PhD in the mental health field. Licensed, or in the process of becoming licensed, in State in which they are practicing. Must supply contact information for 2 professional references prior to acceptance in the course.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

30 CEs

Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA

Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA described as "attachment guru" by Adoptive Families Magazine, specializes in attachment, grief, and trauma issues of children in her practice, Nurturing Attachments. Her passion is to help families develop close, satisfying relationships.  A clinical social worker, she has worked over 25 years in foster and adopted children's therapies and placements.  She has also been a therapeutic foster parent.

Deborah is core faculty for the award-winning Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Foster and Adoption Therapy at Portland State University.  She is main faculty in the ATTACh-recognized Post-Graduate Attachment Therapy Certificate Program through Cascadia Training.  She has taught in the Trauma Certificate Program at the University of Washington and was the 2008 Henry W. Maier Practitioner in Residence at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

Deborah Gray is a popular presenter due to her practical and positive approaches.  She has keynoted conferences ranging from the Joint Council of International Children's Services to Orphan Conferences.  She continues to work in a clinical practice with parents and children, who help to teach her new approaches and techniques every day.  Visit her website at

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