Karen Doyle Buckwalter


is Director of Program Strategy at Chaddock, a multi-service agency providing a range of residential, educational, and community-based services for youth, birth through age 21, and their families. While at Chaddock, she has been instrumental in the development of an innovative residential program for adolescents, ages 8 – 16, with Reactive Attachment Disorder and Complex Trauma. One of the only programs of its kind serving older adolescents, Chaddock’s Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program (DTAP) has served youth from 26 different states in the U.S. originating from 11 different countries. Karen is a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor. Her energetic and interactive style make Karen a sought-after speaker and trainer, and she has presented at numerous national and international conferences, including the International Theraplay Conference, the National ATTACh conference and the Association for Play Therapy annual conference. She has taught Theraplay Courses in England, Wales and Australia. In January of 2011, as part of a mission trip team, she spent 14 days in Liberia educating teachers, pastors and orphanage workers on the impact of trauma on children and how to provide support for traumatized children and adults. Karen has a special interest in adult attachment styles and the transmission of attachment patterns between parents and their children. She is currently involved in a special project examining this issue with Drs. Howard and Miriam Steele from the Center for Attachment Research at the New School for Social Research in New York. Karen has over 500 hours of training in working with attachment and trauma issues with children including Play Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy and Infant Parent Psychotherapy.

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