Join us for the third in a six part series of professional development workshops offered by Palomar Family Counseling Service in 2024 designed  to enhance scope of practices for  therapists and others working in the mental health field.

Workshop Title: Conceptualizing and Supporting Families and Children Through an Attachment-Based Approach

Presenter:  Jessica Holzer, LMFT

CE Credits Offered: 3

Date: May 15, 2024

Registration: 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (light breakfast provided)

Workshop: 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: The Hive at Leichtag Commons,441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024

Course Description

This course will introduce an understanding of brain-based approaches to parent-child relational therapy. Participants who work directly with children and their families will benefit from exploring how to conceptualize parent-child dyadic challenges and how to utilize play, systemic, and attachment-based interventions. Pulling from the work and research of Dr. Daniel Siegel, Dr. Daniel Hughes, and Dr. Bruce Perry, participants will also explore how child development impacts the therapeutic process and how we can use those concepts to create effective change for our clients.

Instructor Information

Jessica Holzer, LMFT is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) passionate about working with children and their families to promote positive connections and attachment in the parent-child relationship. Jessica is the Owner and Founder of Connected Care Family Counseling, a private practice in Scripps Ranch, an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor providing supervision to all levels of clinicians, and an adjunct faculty member in multiple MFT programs. Outside of being a therapist, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family in outdoor adventures, crafting, playing board games, and being an avid reader.



Educational Goals

Through this course, participants will enhance clinical and conceptual skills in dyadic therapy between primary caregivers and children. Participants will learn tangible skills and interventions to discuss therapeutic processes with parents and be able to understand and explain appropriate developmental progress of children’s mental health from a neurobiological and attachment perspective.

Measurable Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the basics of child development from an attachment, neurobiological perspective.
  • State at least four reasons to include parents/primary caregivers in mental health treatment with children.
  • Name at least four techniques to engage families in therapy from a play-based approach.

Chris DuVall [email protected] or David Drazenovich [email protected] 

Flyer – Conceptualizing and Supporting Families & Children (Holzer) May 2024


Once registered you will receive a confirmation email with a complete course outline. 

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email, course outline, and required and optional reading material.