Summer Structured Educational Consultation Group

Lead by Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA

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Welcome to our summer consult. We will be dividing the day into two major topics. The morning will look at high anxiety in children, including those children with backgrounds of toxic stress and/or complex trauma. We will include anxious children who experienced prenatal domestic violence and exposure to toxic substance. The afternoon will be a think tank. We will discuss cases of children who move rapidly into their automatic nervous system mediated responses, resulting in withdrawal or aggression. We will look at what seems to help these children, who seem to confound us.

This group is formed for therapists providing foster care and adoption therapy in their practices.  Attendees are expected to case and/or participate in consultation with other therapists. The consult provides continuing education in the emerging theory and research in the areas of adoption practice, neglect and abuse, prenatal exposure to toxins, development of affective regulation, and the treatment of trauma in the specialized populations of foster care and adoption. It will assist in the practical application of these advances through therapy cases presented by the consult group.

This open and ongoing consult group is limited to adoption/foster care professionals and will meet every few months, each time for 3.0 hours. Limited to 12 members so register early.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Cascadia Training is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Cascadia is also approved by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State approved clock hour offering workshop."

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

Upcoming Dates and Registration

Date: Friday, August 10th, 2018
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