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Review for Attach, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am adoptive parent who ran into walls getting help for a long time with my daughter who has reactive attachment disorder. It was only through this organization that I was able to really understand and work with my daughter. I get the support I need and a chance to work with some of the most renowned professionals that have evidenced based studies behind them. Per the person negatively rating Attach - I find it interesting that she claims that Attach believes in holding therapy or other coercive methods when they published this years ago:
ATTACh Position Statement Regarding Coercive Treatment

The purpose of this document is to set guidelines and standards for ethically and clinically appropriate treatment. In this document, treatment means both psychotherapy and parenting. ATTACh firmly believes that coercion has no place in the therapeutic milieu that therapist and family create in order to help heal a child with a disorder of attachment.

As a matter of policy and practice, ATTACh prohibits the use of coercive interventions by parents or therapists. ATTACh does not condone its members, registered clinicians, or registered agencies using coercive therapies or parenting techniques.

ATTACh believes a central focus of attachment-focused treatment is to create a developmentally appropriate therapeutic environment for the individual to safely work through and integrate previously unmanageable or traumatic experiences and emotions that interfere with the capacity to develop secure attachment relationships.

ATTACh opposes coercion in treatment.

ATTACh opposes abuse in any form at any time.

ATTACh opposes any intervention or activity that endangers a person’s physical or emotional well being or that purposely and intentionally seeks to increase a client’s dysregulation.

ATTACh believes all therapeutic interventions and treatment should be conducted in a respectful manner.

ATTACh believes that all attachment-based treatment should be based on sound theory, research, and principles, and that therapists should practice within their competence and training and with appropriate supervision/consultation.

For further theoretical rationale for this position statement, see the following:
1. “Theoretical Rationale for the Treatment of Disorders of Attachment” by Victoria Kelly, Psy.D.
2. White paper on Coercion….

Ratified: 4, 2003
Revised: 5, 2006

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter getting more help and understanding her issues better. I also used the knowledge I gained to decide to become a therapist myself and help others who are struggling.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to broaden the served population.

Role:  Client Served & I have received support, resources, and knowledge that has greatly helped me raising my daughter.