Who is This For?

This workshop is for anyone living* or working* with children and adults diagnosed with:

  • ADHD

  • PTSD

  • ODD

  • OCD

  • Bi-Polar Disorder

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Substance Abuse/Dependence

  • Mood Disorders

  • Reactive Attachment Disorder

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Medically unexplained chronic pain 

  • Severe behavior problems

  • Attachment related problems 

  • ...then this workshop is for you! 

*This includes: parents (all parents!), mental health counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, department of children and families staff, child welfare staff, guardian ad litem staff, attorneys, medical doctors, adoption agencies and their staff, mental health students, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, educators, teachers, day care staff, and anyone else interested in the effects of early childhood trauma and attachment on later life and development.  

Why Learn About This?

Often times children, teens and adults are misdiagnosed with disorders and given medication that do not seem to help. We are seeing an epidemic of opioid abuse and dependence as well as an increase infants and toddlers removed from their parents care due to abuse neglect.  We see clients who are struggling to function and they are already in mental health services and are prescribed medication!  

We may feel at a loss of how to help them or how to teach them ways to help themselves.  Nothing we have tried, or they have done thus far has worked. Our tool bag is almost empty but we are always on the look out for new methods and tools to provide them.

This is your WHY learn about this.  Early childhood trauma and attachment problems are often unnoticed by many because we do not have enough education in our communities about how the early years of a persons life affect their future.  The early years affect our emotional, mental, physical health development - and are the crucial years in preventing problems 

What Will I Learn About?

By the end of this workshop you will be able to

  • Identify signs and symptoms of complex trauma (developmental trauma) and how it develops

  • Learn ways to distinguish complex trauma from PTSD

  • Understand effects of complex and developmental trauma on attachment and development

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how early childhood mental health affects the rest of our lives

  • Learn tools and techniques to help you with your children and clients who struggle with complex trauma and attachment problems

  • Receive screening methods and resources to use immediately with your children and clients

  • Much much more!

What Does my Registration Include?

  • Event participation

  • Breakfast (with coffee and tea) and light afternoon snacks

  • Event materials (all handouts, tools and resources)

  • For FL licensed LMHC, LCSW and LMFT 6.0 hours of CEU credits

  • Reiki try out sessions

  • Relaxing environment

  • Workshop Theme: Early Childhood 

    • We will have a photo booth, games and activities for us to enjoy while learn

  • Networking for professionals and parents ​

Who is Presenting at This Workshop?

My name is Selma Baćevac and I am a psychotherapist who specializes in treating trauma and attachment related problems in young children and their families. My passion is spreading awareness about early childhood and complex trauma and how, if left untreated, it can create problems as well as misdiagnosis in a persons life. All of these things ultimately affect the quality and functioning of one's life.

Every day I see families who are torn apart, who are at the verge of giving up, children who have been struggling and surviving - all due to something we are not very familiar with, something we all think no longer affects us because it happened "when we were young." 

I speak from experience. As a young child I lived through a horrific genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  My family was affected by complex trauma and none of us knew.  Only when I went to get my degree in psychology did I become aware of my own hurt and how it was affecting my everyday functioning.  It took time, effort, sweat, tears and real work to heal, develop skills and start functioning in the way I had always wanted to.  My wish was that my parents, doctors, teachers, and other adults in my life were able to spot this before shame and guilt started becoming big factors in my life. I wish someone had noticed that my decisions were made based on what happened to me rather than what I really wanted. 

That's is why I am so passionate about this. I want to help prevent unnecessary pain from entering a persons life by providing education, awareness, tools and resources to anyone whose interest is bringing about a safer and more secure world.  We all are affected by the unseen effects of complex trauma and attachment problems caused in early childhood through different events in our lives - be it private or public.  We are all affected by the tragic news we receive about school shootings, community violence, drugs, alcohol, abuse, neglect, etc.  Our resources and tax dollars go into treating these problems - rather than preventing them.  I want you and I to become a voice on how to help prevent these for the sake of our children and their future. We can change this, one child and family at a time - but we have to look where it really matters.  

Come and join me in October so we can start spreading  this message together! 


October 12, 2018 8:30am-5pm​


Ramada Hotel & Conference Center by Wyndham Jacksonville,

3130 Hartley Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257

How Much

  • $97 Early Bird Registration until August 30th, 2018

  • $137 Regular Registration September 1st, 2018 - October 11th, 2018