Connected
Child
Consulting

"Children are not a distraction from important work.
They are the most important work."

~Trainer

MISSION

To provide education and consultation, in the following domains, to therapists, educators, and parents:

Early childhood trauma and attachment issues

• The impact on the neurobiology of the developing brain

• The impact on the emotional, social, and academic development of the child

• Discipline and parenting strategies

• Treatment models

 

Mindfulness and emotional regulation

• The impact of such practices on the neurobiology of the brain

• Teaching and practicing mindfulness with children

• The importance of mindfulness in the development of emotional regulation

 

Expressive therapies and play therapies

• The theory and process of these modalities

• How such techniques facilitate the processing of implicit memories and/or unconscious drives

 

The Love and Logic® Parenting and Teaching Philosophy

• The techniques and strategies inherent to this approach

ABOUT US

Decca and Brandy met in 2011 while attending training by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. They discovered a shared passion in finding ways to connect with and help traumatized and poorly attached children. They have received approximately 170 hours of training in this area, in addition to trainings in mindfulness, expressive therapies, play therapy and parenting education.

Decca Knight

MAEd, LPSC, CTS

 

Education & Experience

• MA.Ed., Counselor Education, Virginia Tech

• Licensed Professional Counselor Resident

• Parenting & Teacher Educator

• Licensed Processional School Counselor, Roanoke County Schools

 

Specialized Training

• Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

• Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Training

• Theraplay Level 1 & 2 Training & Marschak Interaction Method

• National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children - Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist Certification

• Independent Facilitator of Love and Logic®

• Graduate course and trainings in Play Therapy

• Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute

Brandy Smith

MAEd, LPSC, LPC

 

Education & Experience

• MA.Ed., Counselor Education, Virginia Tech

• Licensed Professional Counselor, Private Practice, Salem, VA

• Licensed Professional School Counselor, Roanoke County Schools

• Licensed VA Educator - Early and Middle Education

 

Specialized Training

• Interpersonal Neurobiology

• Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

• Attachment Focused Family

• Motivational Interviewing Intermediate Training

• Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Training

• Theraplay Level 1 Training & Marschak Interaction Method

• National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children - Level 1 Training

• Willowbank Expressive Arts Therapy Introductory Training

SERVICES

Presentation lengths and prices depend on the needs of the organization. Previous presentations have ranged anywhere from one hour to five hours. Please contact Decca and Brandy for more information.

Past presentations

 

• Knight, D. & Smith, B. (September 2016) Emotional Regulation Across the Lifespan. HPRIII Conference. Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith, B. (April & May 2016) Three part series (7.5 hours.) Trauma’s Impact on Children: The Impact of Trauma and Poor Attachment on the Neurobiology and Behavioral Patterns of Children. Roanoke City Department of Social Services, Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith, B. (December 2015) Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Impact of Trauma and Poor Attachment on the Neurobiology and Behavioral Patterns of Children & Strategies to Promote Emotional Regulation. Mount Rogers Community Service Board, Wytheville, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith, B. (November 2015) Adverse Childhood Experiences: Helping Parents Emotionally Attune with their Child. Virginia Counselors Association Conference. Hot Springs,  VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith, B. (August 2015) The Impact of Trauma and Poor Attachment on the Neurobiology and Behavioral Patterns of Children. Roanoke County Public Schools. Roanoke,  VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith, B. (February 2015) Trauma’s Impact on Children. Roanoke County

Department of Social Services. Salem, VA.

 

• Knight, D. (February 2015) The Neurobiology of Trauma. Roanoke City Department of Social Services, Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. (February 2015) Helping Parents Help Themselves with Love and Logic. Continuing Medical Education Class, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. (May 2014) Keynote Speaker: Fostering Strong Roots, Roanoke City Department of Social Services Foster Parent Dinner, Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith, B. (March 2014) A Brief Overview of Theraplay, Highlands Community Services, Abingdon, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith, B. (March 2014) Two Part Series - Cultivating Emotional Regulation (5 hours total). Roanoke City Department of Social Services, Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith, B. (January, February, March, and April 2014) Four Part Series - Trauma’s Impact on Children (11 hours total). Roanoke County Department of Social Services. Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith, B. (February 17, 2014) Trauma and Attachment Therapies for Children. Trauma Informed Practice Seminar. Hosted by Roanoke City Department of Social Services and Children’s Trust. Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (October 2013) Creative Approaches in School Counseling. Virginia

Association for School Counselors Fall Forum. Abingdon, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (September 2013) Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and

Attachment-Focused Family Therapy. K.I.D.S Group, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (August 2013) Expressive Arts Techniques for Counselors. In-service,

Buchanan County Schools, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (August 2013) Trauma’s Impact on Children. In-service, Roanoke

County Schools, Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (April 2013) Children and Trauma, Promoting Understanding and

Awareness Among Schools and Families. Roanoke Area Counselors Association Forum,

Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (March 2013) Childhood Trauma: Understanding the Impact of

Adversity on Children. Southwest Virginia Counselors Forum, Abingdon, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (February 2013) Trauma’s Impact on Children. Roanoke City and

County Department of Social Services, Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (November 2012) Children and Trauma, Promoting Understanding and

Awareness Among Schools and Families. Virginia Counselors Association Conference, Fredricksburg, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (November 2012) Working with At-risk Children. In-service, Buchanan

County Schools, 90 special area teachers, Grundy, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (November 2012) Working with Children Affected by Trauma and

Insecure Attachments. In-service, Wytheville High School, Wytheville, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (November 2011) Trauma in Children. In-service, W.E. Cundiff

Elementary School, Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (September 2011) Trauma in Children. In-service, Roanoke County

Public Schools Elementary School Principals, Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. & Smith B. (August 2011) Trauma in Children. In-service, Roanoke County Public

Schools Elementary School Counselors, Roanoke, VA.

 

• Knight, D. (November 2011-present)  Love and Logic® courses for parents and teachers.

 

 

 

Testimonials

 

 

I think this training has not only opened my eyes with new information, but it has allowed me to reflect on how I work and approach these trauma kids. I am now re-energized and my heart is even more full for these kids.

 

Workshop Participant

 

 

 

Such great visual aids that are relevant, engaging, and not outdated! This the best, most applicable training I have ever had as a TDT (Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor)!  The techniques are so applicable. The knowledge and experiences they shared and they filled up my toolbox to help the kids I work with and made me feel less harsh about myself when I feel insignificant/losing my cool/or feel like I’ve fallen short therapeutically. But it happens, even to the best trained people. I hope to participate in more trainings offered by these two presenters. Everyone should have this training…especially teachers and school staff. We are now training police officers in mental health, why not our teachers so they can better understand and work with our kids?

Workshop Participant

 

 

 

This workshop has given me the knowledge to see my adoptive son, who has been diagnosed with RAD in a new way. Thank you!!  I wish I knew this information years ago.

 

Workshop Participant

 

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the training. Working in foster care, I attended many trauma trainings but I really enjoyed how you all articulated the information and all the resources provided.

 

Workshop Participant

 

 

 

For almost five years, The City of Roanoke Department of Human and Social Services has retained Decca Knight for ongoing training for our foster care Resource Families. When she announced her consulting partnership with Brandy Smith, another well-regarded trainer in the area, we were excited at the prospect of bringing their quality educational programs to our parents.

 

We have used these trainers individually and as a team for a variety of courses, including “Love and Logic,” “Early Childhood Trauma,” and “Mindfulness and Emotional Regulation.” Our parents relate well to their personalities and teaching styles, and we find their course materials to be highly relevant to the issues we face in child welfare today.

 

Connected Child Consulting has been a reliable resource for us when it comes to bringing appropriate and qualified training to our parents. We hope they continue to provide these services to our area for years to come.

 

Stephen Warren, MSW

Resource Family Program Coordinator

 

 

 

"Adverse Childhood Experiences: Helping Parents Emotionally Attune with their Child", presented by Brandy Smith and Decca Knight, was the best presentation I attended all day.

 

2015 Convention Attendee

Virginia Counselors Association Annual Convention

CONTACT

Presentation lengths and prices depend on the needs of the organization. Previous presentations have ranged anywhere from one hour to five hours. Please contact Decca and Brandy for more information.

For more information, please call us at (540) 929-0104, or email us directly.

 

Decca Knight

decca@connectedchildconsulting.com

 

Brandy Smith

brandy@connectedchildconsulting.com

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