Attachment, Trauma and Family Systems: Trauma-informed Family Practice with Children and Youth

Attachment, Trauma and Family Systems: Trauma-informed Family Practice with Children and Youth

Dr. Chip Chimera, Former Director of Continuous Professional Development and Innovation, Institute of Family Therapy

Chip Chimera is a family, individual and group therapist and supervisor with a thriving independent practice and many years’ experience in undertaking family assessments for the UK Courts when parents are in high conflict following separation. She teaches systemic practice and leads personal and professional development sessions at several universities. Chip is also a psychodrama psychotherapist. Recent publications include ‘Olena’s Battle for Utopia’ a chapter in Long Term Systemic Therapy, and ‘Nothing but the Truth’ in Safety, danger, and protection in the Family, Community, and the World A systemic and attachment-informed approach in press.



VCF Grant Participants from eligible organisations: 31 July 2023

Others: 15 September 2023



2, 3 October 2023; Monday & Tuesday


SGT 9:00 AM – 5.00 PM


This workshop will be conducted face-to-face. Confirmed participants will be receiving the venue details in due course. Please note that the mode of the workshop may be subject to changes.


In this two-day workshop, Dr Chimera will explore the impact on children and their families of the experience of trauma.  This includes trauma experienced from outside the family and the impact of parental trauma on parenting and child development. The impact of unresolved trauma on children’s development and on the intergenerational transmission of experiences will be examined. Systemic formulation will be used combining latest developments in neurobiology, modern attachment theory, systemic communication theory, and broader systemic understanding.   Teaching will be accompanied by exercises for participants to focus on their own cases.  Case discussion will be invited.


This workshop will support the development new and experienced staff who are working with children, youth, and families.


  • Working definition of trauma;
  • Impact of trauma on brain functions;
  • Deeper understanding of attachment and the meanings associated with it;
  • Impact of trauma on attachments within the family and how this affects family communication (especially giving comfort and protection);
  • Development of attachment strategies for safety, protection, and comfort;
  • Application of systemic ideas: triangulation, enmeshment, the double bind, theories of communication [CMM];
  • Trauma experienced from outside the family;
  • Impact of parental trauma on parenting and child development;
  • Impact of unresolved trauma on children’s development;
  • Intergenerational transmission of experiences.


  • Didactic presentation;
  • Skills-building exercises;
  • Live case consultation demonstrating theory;
  • Q&A.


Workshop Fee: SG $1,400 per participant (including GST). This workshop is pending pre-approved  CCF (formerly known as VCF) grant.  
Group registration discounts are available! Please write to for further information.
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