Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW

Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S, is Director of Program Strategy at Chaddock, a multi-service agency based in Illinois providing a range of residential, educational, and community-based services for youth through age 21 and their families. She was instrumental in developing an innovative residential program for adolescents up to age 16, the Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program, which has served youth from 33 states and from 18 countries.  Her clinical specialties include attachment and trauma issues in both children and adults and clinical issues related to adoption.

Karen is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Theraplay Trainer and Supervisor and a Video Intervention Therapy Trainer and Supervisor.  She is also trained in many other clinical models including Child Parent Psychotherapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, EMDR and Trust- Based Relational Intervention. She has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters as well as articles which have appeared in Adoption Today and other publications. She is co-editor of Attachment Theory in Action (2017) and co-author with Debbie Reed and Wendy Lyons Sunshine of Raising the Challenging Child (2020).

Through her work with Chaddock, Ms. Buckwalter was in the Quincy, IL area for many years. Through Chaddock, she is now a consultant for adoptive families on a national scale, specializing in the adolescent and young adult years, but based in South Carolina. She and her colleagues have developed a unique In Home Intensive clinical model for work with adoptive families. The program is delivered nationally. Details about the program are available here: https://www.chaddock.org/in-home-intensive

Phone: 217-592-0319


South Carolina

Buckwalter, K.D., Reed, D., & Mercer, D. (2017) Ghosts in the adoption: Uncovering parents’ attachment and coping history. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services. 225-234.