Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Reactive Attachment Disorder and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder


Course Description: This course reviews the current status of reactive attachment disorder and disinhibited social engagement disorder with regard to assessment and treatment. Attachment is a central component of social and emotional development in early childhood, and disordered attachment is defined by specific patterns of abnormal social behavior in the context of “insufficient care” or social neglect. Assessment requires direct observation of the child in the context of his or her relationships with primary caregivers. Treatment requires establishing an attachment relationship for the child when none exists and ameliorating disturbed social relatedness with non-caregivers when evident.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the clinical presentation, comorbidity, differential diagnosis, course, epidemiology, etiology and risk factors for reactive attachment disorder and disinhibited social engagement disorder
  • Critique recommendations for best assessment and treatment practices for reactive attachment disorder and disinhibited social engagement disorder

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 1 CE Credit or Hour

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Charles H. Zeanah, MD, Tessa Chesher, DO, Neil W. Boris, MD, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Committee on Quality Issues

Content Publisher(s): American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, © All Rights Reserved, 2017

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

 Dr. Zeanah, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is Sellars-Polchow Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He serves as Executive Director of the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. He also directs the Tulane Infant Team, a community-based intervention program for abused and neglected infants and toddlers in the New Orleans area.

Dr. Chesher has recently joined the psychiatry faculty at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine and is board certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. She is now an assistant professor of psychiatry and an Oxley Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the OUSCM.

Dr. Boris is a psychiatrist in Orlando, Florida. He received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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