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FCA 2021 Convention Replacement Session for Convention Registrants ~ 1.5 CEs ~ "My Amygdala’s On Fire! Understanding and Healing Our Attachment-Based Triggers In Hard Times"

  • February 25, 2022
  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Virtual
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  • Individual was a 2021 FCA Convention registrant. This webinar is a replacement presentation session for the Plenary presentation session cancelled at the last minute on October 1, 2021. This webinar is worth 1.5 CEs. We hope you find this presentation beneficial, both personally and professionally.
  • Registrant has been invited to attend this webinar and received a promo code to register.


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"My Amygdala’s On Fire!
Understanding and Healing Our Attachment-Based Triggers In Hard Times"

Friday, February 25, 2022

3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. EST

1.5 CE Hours approved by
Florida Board of CSW/MFT/MHC and NBCC

Presented by

Christy Sellers, MS, MA, LMHC,
TBRI® Practitioner

In times of crisis, our drive to survive might see us leaning on strategies which we might label “maladaptive.” This stress response often has origins in our attachment styles, which were established in our early years of life. Even for those with a history of secure attachment, or for those who have done significant self-work to become “earned secure,” an acute life event or accumulated stressors can disrupt an otherwise healthy pattern of relating if left unattended.

In this webinar, we will explore how and why our attachment style might manifest in our therapeutic work with children, adults, and families, especially during stressful times. We will examine how Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) shifts the paradigm for caregiver and child from “maladaptive behavior” to “survival strategy.” We will develop an awareness of how these survival strategies can impede connection and healing when they are unaddressed, as well as a knowledge of trauma-informed mindfulness strategies for fostering connection, felt-safety, and mutual healing. We will define, consider, and normalize relationship “ruptures” in clinical and nonclinical settings, exploring the “good enough” caregiver and the healing potential of imperfect caregiving. In this way, we promote self-compassion and self-awareness as models for healing for children, families, and caregivers.

Learning Objectives. . . .

  • Understand how and why insecure attachment styles might be activated by accumulated stressors or in a time of crisis;
  • Develop an awareness of how these “survival strategies” might impede connection and healing when they are not addressed;
  • Identify TBRI® strategies to foster connection, felt-safety, and mutual healing;
  • Define and normalize relationship ruptures, and explore how to use “imperfect caregiving” to the benefit of children and families;
  • Promote self-compassion and self-awareness as models for healing.

    Presenter. . . .

    Christy Sellers believes in the healing power of relationships. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, holding a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida, and a M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. As a therapist in her private practice, she integrates solution-focused interventions within an attachment framework to help her clients build secure connections and a deeper sense of self-efficacy.

    She is also a certified practitioner of Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), and a training facilitator with Hope Street, Inc., a trauma-informed care services provider in Jacksonville, FL. As a TBRI® Practitioner and trainer with Hope Street, her goal is to help caregivers meet the needs of vulnerable children before they reach adulthood; to equip caregivers of all kinds with compassion for the hard moments, and with the skills to coach children towards lifelong success.

    In her work and in her life, she hopes to bring warmth, humor, and authenticity to support people of all ages as they grow. You can contact Christy and learn more about her practice at https://www.christysellerscounseling.com/. You can learn more about Hope Street’s work at https://www.hopestreetinc.com/

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