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What is the campaign to heal childhood trauma?

The purpose of this five-city tour is to raise awareness of how childhood trauma impacts the development of 1 in 4 children in the U.S. and how these often-overlooked experiences can adversely impact children’s development, physical and emotional health.

All proceeds from this campaign go to three non-profits who serve this population: ATTACh, Attachment & Trauma Network, and American Adoption Congress.

Where to find us:

Bend, OR

May 4th, 2018

Sacramento, CA

May 5th, 2018

Los Angeles, CA

May 7th, 2018

San Diego, CA

May 8th, 2018

Tempe, AZ

May 9th, 2018

Please Join Me

Educational sessions include:

Exploring the Life Long Impact of Adoption

Building resiliency

Canine Therapy in Healing Childhood Trauma

Learn how canine therapy assists in restoring lasting relationships.

Attachment, Trauma, and Adoption Competent Therapy

Discover therapies designed for adopted and traumatized youth.

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Create a safe environment to help students learn.

Therapeutic Parenting

Shifting families from consequences to connection.

Rewiring the Traumatized Brain

Neuroplasticity in action.

Developmental Trauma Disorder?

Guiding effective treatment for complexly traumatized children & adolescents through accurate diagnosis.


About our presenters:

Rob Gent, LPC is one of the founding members of Calo. Mr. Rob Gent has lead the Calo organization in clinical development and growth of numerous programs and is the lead developer of the proprietary CASA Developmental Trauma Treatment Model. Through his dedication to the advancement of clinical practice in treating Developmental Trauma and Attachment issues, he has become a nationally recognized expert in the field. Rob remains passionate about neurological, psychological, and physiological development and continues to focus on the advancement of research and effectiveness of therapeutic interventions. He resides in Gilbert AZ with his wife and two boys.

Julie Beem is the Executive Director of Attachment and Trauma Network and is responsible for the daily operations of the organization, coordinating the efforts of all the other directors, and acting as spokesperson for the organization. Prior to ATN, Julie was the president of a marketing and communications consultancy, The Epiphany Group, and has over two decades of experience in professional services marketing, strategic planning and communication strategies. As a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and through personal experience, Julie has garnered a great deal of experience in the areas of special education, school issues, and disabilities advocacy. A published author, Julie wrote a chapter in the EMK Press Adoption Parenting book and was the special needs blogger at for two years. She frequently presents workshops on attachment and trauma to adoptive and foster groups.

Mary McGowan is the Executive Director of the Association Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh).  She comes to us with years of personal and professional experience. She has worked with the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) doing successful grass roots recruitment for foster and adoptive families and as a post-adoption specialist.  She has earned accolades as the National Education Manager for the Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH) and is an experienced trainer who teaches and consults locally and nationally.  Mary has fostered many children over 26 years and is a single adoptive parent of 5 youth ranging from 11-20 years old. She was a Guardian ad Litem (CASA) for 5 years and has experience with advocacy and success in obtaining services necessary for children.

Amy Winn is the President of the American Adoption Congress (AAC) and a licensed therapist specializing on the complex aspects of adoption. As an adoptee, Amy is passionate about educating others on the lifelong effects of adoption. When not working with her clients or guiding the AAC, Amy can be found puttering in her flower and herb garden, reading murder mysteries or if it’s the best time of year—college basketball season—cheering on her Jayhawks.

Thomas Ahern, MA is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Calo Programs and an Adoptee. Mr. Ahern is a former School Psychologist with 30 years of behavioral health and education industry experience. Thomas is an outspoken advocate for adoptees and improvements in the treatment and understanding of development trauma and is a sought after lecturer on the local, state, and national levels. He is a proud parent of five grown children and resides in Arizona with his wife Belinda and their therapy dog, Nando.

Jeanna Osborn is the Canine Therapy Director for Calo Programs.  Jeanna is a Certified Canine Instructor and Therapy Dog Instructor. She has trained canines for the US Military and Law Enforcement. Her experience has offered her the opportunity to work with wolves and exotic cats, like cougars, panthers and bobcats.  

Steve Sawyer is a licensed psychotherapist filled with passion and knowledge surrounding the intervention and change process. His experience comes from over a decade of intervention with tough-to-reach client populations in therapy settings ranging from residential, community-based, outpatient and wilderness therapy. Steve is trained in several unique therapeutic models including somatic trigger release, traumatic memory reprocessing, and HeartMath. He is also recognized internationally as a Brainspotting trainer and consultant who trains outpatient therapist and treatment programs. Through his experience he has authored two books, co-founded Wisconsin’s only wilderness therapy program, New Vision Wilderness, and works as a core therapeutic training development staff with the Institute of HeartMath. He was an author in the innovative and comprehensive HeartMath Interventions Establishing a New Baseline for Sustained Behavioral Change therapist training Module that revolutionizes modern therapy interventions through an emotional physiology approach. Steve’s largest project has been the development of NVW’s Trauma Informed Care model in the wilderness setting that has challenged the entire wilderness therapy industry on making healthier interventions with their clients. Steve’s trainings are recognized nationwide for cutting-edge therapeutic techniques and inspiration.

Tif Junker is an award-winning filmmaker and leads ATN’s Parenting Programs. Tif mentors and advocates for a “connection before correction” approach to parenting, especially children whose early trauma has impacted their neurology. Her documentary, My Name is Faith, captures the Junkers’ early journey, coming to terms with the impact their daughter’s difficult beginning would have on their entire family. Tif was recently named a 2017 Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) for her work in the field of therapeutic parenting.

What Is Developmental Trauma

Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) is a proposed diagnosis focusing on prolonged interpersonal trauma in adolescents and children which can lead to development delays. Children experiencing DTD can have impaired attachment, lack impulse control, have delayed cognitive development and maladaptive behaviors. According to Mary McGowan, Executive Director of the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh) and parent of five adopted foster children, “The challenge has been that no one diagnosis adequately captures the plight of these young people, who are overrepresented in IEPs, juvenile justice and treatment facilities. And that is why a new diagnosis for them is needed. As it stands now, these children are often misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated.”

Although tour organizers are not suggesting that every adopted or foster child has DTD, they are advocating for better assessment and treatment protocols for this population. Amy Winn, President of the American Adoption Congress (AAC), an adoptee and psychotherapist specializing in adoption issues said, “Unfortunately not enough professionals or caregivers are trauma-informed and don’t necessarily make the connection or offer the specialized care that these young people need.”

The tour launches from ATTACh headquarters in Minneapolis, MN on November 10th and includes stops in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and ends in Washington DC on November 15th where the tour will join Voice for Adoption and their Adoptive Family Portrait Project on Capitol Hill for a rally. “Not only are we advocating for this population, but we are also offering hope for healing as the tour includes informing both parents and professionals on new interventions and strategies geared specifically to work with these youngsters,” expressed Thomas Ahern of Calo Programs and tour organizer.

Any proceeds from this tour will be shared equally between the three nonprofit organizations dedicated to working with this population.

Learn More about Developmental Trauma

Click the links below to learn more about developmental trauma.

American Psychological Association

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The tour is presented by:

Attachment and Trauma Network

Attachment and Trauma Network (ATN)

American Adoption Congress

American Adoption Congress (AAC)

Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children

Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh)

In collaboration with: