Trauma and Attachment (TAG) Program


TAG is a training, support and treatment program for guardians and children suffering from attachment disorders  and/or a complex developmental trauma.  The program is designed to promote attachment behaviors in adopted or foster children.

Parents Will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of trauma and attachment, symptoms, behaviors, prospects, and impact on families.
  • Learn specific techniques to promote attachment.
  • Develop understanding of the children’s feelings.
  • Build a cooperative team within the child’s community – family, school, other services.
  • Have access to feedback and support regarding their children’s progress.

Children Will:

  • Participate in safe attachment methods, which can be carried over to home and community.
  • Develop strategies to manage those feelings, which may be causing difficulty (anger, sadness, etc.).
  • Learn ways to communicate those feelings.
  • Learn ways to improve problem solving and conflict resolution skills.


  • Group play therapy for children.
  • Group instruction, discussion and sharing for parents or guardians.

Group Length:

There are two phases to the program (TAG 1 and TAG 2). Most children and their caregivers who complete TAG 1 will move on to TAG 2. Each of TAG 1 and 2 run twice a year for 12 weeks each. Additionally, any caregivers who are or have been involved in the TAG programs are eligible to attend biweekly parent support groups (TAG 3).


Minimum 8 children, Maximum 10 children


TAG is offered two times a year: September and January.  Please contact the Intake Receptionist at CASA Weber Centre for exact dates and times.


CASA Weber Centre, 1560, 5555 Calgary Trail NW,  Edmonton, AB  T6H 5P9

Who Can Refer:

Mental Health Clinicians

Referral Eligibility:

  • Child has been diagnosed with an attachment disorder.
  • Children attending this group are between the ages of 5 years and 12 years.
  • Children are currently living in a secure, safe home (minimum 1 year) with committed non-biological parents or guardians.
  • Current family functioning will allow the parents or guardians and child to participate in therapy for up to two years from the start of the program.
  • Children will not be involved in concurrent treatment.
  • Physician care is transferred to the CASA psychiatrist.
  • The referring clinician will make a written commitment to provide follow-up care.

Eligibility exclusions:


Information Required:

  • Children’s Mental Health Regional Intake documentation.
  • Completed CASA referral form
  • A comprehensive mental health assessment, (psychiatric or psychological assessments will also be accepted) and a DSM IV diagnosis completed within the past year.
  • A letter of referral stating a commitment from the referring clinician to provide follow-up care.
  • Children’s Services Information Consolidation (when available).

Referral Process:

  • The referring clinician directs a referral along with the completed CASA referral form to Regional Children’s Mental Health Intake (780-342-2701).
  • Regional Intake will screen the referral for eligibility and required documentation.
  • If appropriate the referral will be forwarded to CASA Intake Services.
  • Families will be asked to attend a screening interview where they learn more about the program and expectations.
  • CASA will advise the referring clinician of the outcome of the referral.

For More Information:

Please contact the Senior Therapist, Melanie Jonkman 780-400-2271 or Clinical Practice Lead, Wanda Polzin 780-400-2270.



  CASA Family Handbook