Mark is a founder of the Attachment and Trauma Specialists, an internationally recognized agency specializing in the treatment of youth and adults with attachment and trauma-related issues. Mark has worked with foster, adopted and at-risk youth for over 28 years; much of this time involved working with severely neglected and abused children in various group homes and residential facilities. Mark has also worked for the Washington State Department of Children and Family Services as a Child Protective Services (CPS) and Child Welfare Services worker.
Mark currently serves on multiple boards and teams addressing child welfare issues, including a Child Protection Team (CPT) through the Department of Children and Family Services and various Wraparound teams. He obtained a BA from UCLA and then received his Master’s degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, with a specialization degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Mark’s expertise is working with children and adults who have experienced trauma, have attachment issues, and have trouble interacting with the family and/or social groups. Many of these children struggle with grief, anger, depression, low self-esteem, lying and manipulative behaviors, and can be socially and emotionally withdrawn. Mark lectures to foster/adoptive parents and other professionals in the field teaching them how to address these problems and runs social skills groups for kids to support their healthy development. He provides consultation and trainings both nationally and internationally on attachment and trauma issues in children and is a strong proponent of working collaboratively with others in an effort to surround children with wrap-around support.
Mark and his wife Monica are adoptive parents of a child from the foster care system who is now 28, and fully appreciate the difficulties and rewards of raising a child from an unstable background.
Elementary School Aged Children
Middle School Aged Children
High School Aged Children
Reactive Attachment Disorder