Nationally Known

Amy Swigart leads the team across the United States to train parents, law enforcement, attorneys, adoption and foster personnel, families and therapists about REACTIVE ATTACHMENT DISORDER. Amy is available to consult via ICLLC’s HIPAA compliant TeleMental Health system.  She connects with individuals, families and groups who have seen her presentations and would like more information, or to consult about a personal issue.

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Cities Visited So Far

Here is Amy’s Speaking Engagement Schedule for 2016:

Allegheny Juvenile Court Services

March 9, 2016 – Pittsburgh, PA

2016 Adolescent Conference

April 20-21, 2016 – Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL

2016 Response to Recovery Connecticut Children’s Alliance

May 11-12 2016 – Bloomfield, CT

PA Association of Probation, Parole and Corrections: 2016 Annual Training Institute

May 15-18 2016 – Sheraton Erie Bayfront – Erie, PA

The 24th Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

June 15, 2016 – Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Pocono Manor, PA

National Association of Social Workers (NASW-FL) 2016 Social Work Conference

June 16–18, 2016 – Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando, FL

Allegheny Juvenile Court Services

July 15, 2016 – Pittsburgh PA

Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges Commission

September 8-9 2016 – Best Western Penn State, State College, PA

Madison School District

September 30, 2016 – Rexburg, ID

Turn On the Light Conference

October 19, 2016 – West Palm Beach FL

Western Regional Tapestry Conference

October 21, 2016 – Wexford PA

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

November 10-13, 2016 – Hyatt Regency, Phoenix AZ

Video Chat

VIDEO CHAT

ICLLC offers the use of technology to communicate with your therapist, because not everybody can make it to the office. Through the use of your computer with a microphone and camera, or your smartphone or tablet we can communicate with you using VSee.  VSee is a simple and secure software that has used for over 20 years by major medical systems, NASA, US Congress and the Navy Seals.  This HIPAA compliant software is encrypted on three levels for confidentiality and safe communication.

Not sure that this is for you?

A 2008 meta-analysis of 92 studies, for example, found that the differences between Internet-based therapy and face-to-face were not statistically significant (Journal of Technology in Human Services, Vol. 26, No. 2). Similarly, a 2009 review of 148 peer-reviewed publications examining the use of videoconferencing to deliver patient interventions showed high patient satisfaction, moderate to high clinician satisfaction and positive clinical outcomes (Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Vol. 16, No. 3).

 

Will my health insurance pay for TeleMental Health?

There is a wide disparity between private insurance companies and Medicaid in the state of Pennsylvania as to whether or not they will pay, or under what circumstances they will pay. Call the phone number on the back of your insurance card, or contact us to find out if your insurance covers TeleMental Health.

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Mental Health Therapy

Traditional Face-to-Face therapy in outpatient office setting

Direct face to face counseling happens in the therapist’s office at a prescheduled appointment.   Phases of treatment include: relationship building, gathering information about personal history; developing treatment goals and asserting evidence based treatment modalities. Your therapist can help you decide if individual, couple, family, group and or TeleMental Health is for you.

TeleMental Health: Video conferencing with your therapist

ICLLC offers the use of technology to communicate with your therapist. Our simple and secure software is compatible with computer, smartphone or tablet. We use the same HIPAA compliant system that NASA, US Congress and the Navy Seals have used for over 20 years.

Through the use of your computer, smartphone or tablet, you can communicate with your therapist using the same HIPAA compliant software that NASA, US Congress and the Navy Seals have used for over 20 years.

 

If you are thinking about TeleMental Health:

A 2008 meta-analysis of 92 studies, for example, found that the differences between Internet-based therapy and face-to-face were not statistically significant (Journal of Technology in Human Services, Vol. 26, No. 2). Similarly, a 2009 review of 148 peer-reviewed publications examining the use of videoconferencing to deliver patient interventions showed high patient satisfaction, moderate to high clinician satisfaction and positive clinical outcomes (Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Vol. 16, No. 3).

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Reactive Attachment Disorder Support Group

Reactive Attachment Disorder Support Group meeting dates will be determined soon. Please check back!

Don’t feel alone when dealing with RAD

Parents connecting with parents whose children have been diagnosed with RAD, or parents who want more information.  All parents are welcome and babysitting is available – $5.00 per child

The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving of ways.

Connect with other parents who are going through or may experience the same behaviors

Share your story or just listen to others!

Support each other and learn more about RAD

For more information, contact Amber Grey at 724-355-6711

 

2016 Speaking Schedule

We proudly announce our 2016 Speaking Schedule:

 

Allegheny Juvenile Court Services

March 9, 2016 – Pittsburgh, PA

 

2016 Adolescent Conference

April 20-21, 2016 – Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL

 

2016 Response to Recovery Connecticut Children’s Alliance

May 11-12 2016 – Bloomfield, CT

 

PA Association of Probation, Parole and Corrections: 2016 Annual Training Institute

May 15-18 2016 – Sheraton Erie Bayfront – Erie, PA

 

The 24th Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

June 15, 2016 – Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Pocono Manor, PA

 

National Association of Social Workers (NASW-FL) 2016 Social Work Conference

June 16–18, 2016 – Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando, FL

 

Allegheny Juvenile Court Services

July 15, 2016 – Pittsburgh PA

 

Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges Commission

September 8-9 2016 – Best Western Penn State, State College, PA

 

Madison School District

September 30, 2016 – Rexburg, ID

 

Turn On the Light Conference

October 19, 2016 – West Palm Beach FL

 

Western Regional Tapestry Conference

October 21, 2016 – Wexford PA

 

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

November 10-13, 2016 – Hyatt Regency, Phoenix AZ

 

Comments received:

 

Hi Amy,

I was at the conference in Connecticut last week and your presentation was fantastic. 

My regional resource group is incredibly interested to learn more about your presentation.

Thank you!

 

I wanted to thank you for your session at the adolescent conference. The information was so worthwhile and was really helpful in a residential setting. I appreciate your willingness and passion to get the word out about RAD. I know my staff enjoyed your session as much as I did!

 

Hello Amy,

This is your “Wing Man” from your presentation in Hawaii:-)  I hope that you made it home safely from Hawaii and that you are doing well. You did an AMAZING JOB, and I want to share your information with all of our Special Education Teachers in our district.

Thanks So Much!!
Good Morning Amy,    I just wanted to send you an email and thank you for coming to Keystone and presenting the RAD education that you provided to our staff and managers. As a Training Coordinator I have seen lots of instructors come into Keystone over the years and present their information, but no one has come in and kept the audience’s attention for the entire time, as you did on Friday. It’s refreshing to see someone who likes what they do as much as you do, too often trainers just go through their power point slides and teach the topic reading the slide info and not engaging their audience making sure they are understanding what is being covered before moving onto the next slide.
Thank you again,

 
If you would like the team at Inspiring Change, LLC to speak at your event or to your staff, please contact us through this web site.  We are continuing to schedule for the rest of 2016 and starting scheduling for 2017.

Remember, we are treating, educating and consulting about: ‘all kinds of therapy for all kinds of people’.

The Gift that Keeps Giving

Happy New Year!

Usually, we reserve gift giving for special occasions. We usually give gifts to others….do we think about giving gifts to ourselves?

Newsflash:  in 2016 we don’t need a special occasion to give gifts to ourselves or others every day!

Let’s start with ourselves… check out this link to learn about 23 things we can do to improve our mental health in 2016!

(WARNING: THIS IS EASY & FUN.)

23 things we can do to improve our mental health   

Call 724-256-9881 or email [email protected]  if you would like to find a therapist to work with in the New Year! You can also use our convenient Ask an Expert page! We provide ‘all kinds of therapy for all kinds of people’.

The Gift of Perseverance

This is the second in a series of messages from the people that we serve. This was written in response to the documentary that aired recently on 20/20. Thank you for reading: The Gift of Perseverance.

I’m a 17 year old girl who was diagnosed with RAD around age 7. It’s a very hard thing to deal with in parent’s lives and in the kids who have been diagnosed. I’ve been struggling with it and I’m almost done with services, therapy because I’ve been overcoming RAD.

Now, RAD isn’t something that goes away, it never does. People with RAD have to work extra hard in everything they do especially relationships… You can’t change a RAD child but you can help them overcome it at a distance away, their goanna have to want to change and you can’t make them want to it’s something they have to want to do on their own. If you are constantly close to them it’s going to make the child lash out and push you away because they are scared of being too close to people from previous things in their lives.

My adoptive parents have been married for 27 years and it really tested how strong their marriage was by having a RAD child come into the picture. I used to hurt my parents on purpose when they got too close, comforted me or anything of that sort because I was scared of yet more rejection. I used to turn my mom and dad on each other because if I was miserable and scared they had to be too.

My mother went to bed every night crying herself to sleep. But that was years ago, I have a stable loving family who I can get close too, to some extent without lashing them and hurting them there is light at the end of the tunnel and it will be forever before you get to see the light. But if you keep working and parents understand how to cope with a RAD child it will be beneficial in everyone’s lives. A lot of people don’t know much about RAD and we need to get the word out.

At Inspiring Change, LLC,  trained mental health professionals can help you or a child that you love to deal more effectively with symptoms of Reactive Attachment Disorder…If you would like to make changes in yourself or your family, please contact us through this web site. You may use the contact form below, or use our ASK AN EXPERT page. We will get back to you immediately. Thank You!

Susan Roop, Amy Swigart and Susan Johnson are trained mental health professionals who help families to deal with childhood developmental trauma. For adoptive or biological families with children or adolescents who may be experiencing difficulty attaching with caregivers, we understand the anguish that comes from realizing that ‘love is not enough’. Contact us today so that we may help you and your family members connect with one another for a more enriched and stress-free life.

Parent Burnout

How hard is it to parent a child with reactive attachment disorder and regressive behaviors?

Ask a parent who is fostering or has adoptedstering the child who roams the house at night while others are sleeping, hoards food, misrepresents the truth, and exhibits intense rage; whose grades go up and down without explanation, and who is charming and respectful to everybody except their own family!

Living with the daily fear and constant worry that these children can hurt themselves, destroy family relationships and the family’s reputation in the community= EXHAUSTION!

Parent burnout is emotional exhaustion, feeling like you’ve lost your identity, reduced sense of personal accomplishment; feeling depleted of energy, overextended and fatigued.

WARNING: The effects of parent burnout can be severe and far-reaching. Overwhelmed parents are at risk for depression and anxiety; physical health problems; decreased empathy and difficulty working to their true capacity in being a parent.

The first step of our model of treatment at Inspiring Change, LLC is to help parents learn how to develop and maintain self-care skills in MIND, BODY, SPIRIT and EMOTION! Our team understands that staying balanced as an active parent of a child who has experienced trauma, presents a multitude of challenges.

  • After only 3-4 sessions, parents are able to identify strategies for a SELF-CARE maintenance plan.
  • Parents identify barriers that have intruded with ongoing self-care and how to target negative coping skills.

At Inspiring Change, LLC, we understand that parenting is demanding, we also believe that parenting is highly rewarding and gratifying! Experiencing rewards and gratification is why you signed up for this job!!! Let us help you get back to the energized, compassionate and creative parent that you want to be!

Check out the rest of this website to learn more about who we are and what we do. Please feel free to contact us for a consult through ASK AN EXPERT. We provide ‘all kinds of therapy for all kinds of people’.

 

The brain is a terrible thing to waste

Kids who have had trauma before the age of 5 experience changes to their prefrontal cortex. When abuse happens, or when a child’s cries for nurturing are not met, a stress hormone called Cortisol is released. Cortisol is called the toxic stress hormone. Continual release of Cortisol in young kid’s brains diminishes the function and the size of the pre- frontal cortex. What does the prefrontal cortex do? The prefrontal cortex is responsible for many abstract functions like: helping us to regulate emotion, recognizing and responding to social cues, interpreting facial expressions and understanding how others feel. We know that children who are diagnosed with unresolved childhood trauma have difficulty controlling their emotions, interacting in a meaningful way in social situations, and understanding how their behavior affects others. The good news is that with careful assessment, treatment planning, perseverance, a supportive family and interventions designed to improve brain functioning……. children can learn the skills they need to get along effectively in the world.

‘The mind is a terrible thing to waste….at Inspiring Change, LLC we believe that change can be nurtured in everyone. Our treatment team is available to your family and your child to learn the skills that they need to get along in the world. Check out the rest of this web site to learn more about who we are and what we do. Please feel free to contact us for a consult through ask an expert.