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About this Course
Attachment theory is essential for understanding how human beings function in relationships and how people develop social and psychological difficulties. It is also fundamental for understanding what constitutes psychological wellbeing.
The focus of the training programme is to translate the theory into principles, tools and practical strategies for working with families. Exploration of relevant case examples enables participants to move from assessment to formulation to planning and intervention. The training is designed to increase the confidence of practitioners to act as change agents and to understand and relate to people in an attuned way.
Learning outcomes. At the end of the course participants will:
- Have extended their knowledge of relevant theory and models and be familiar with the essential aspects of the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM) and how this differs from the ABC+D model of attachment;
- Understand the developmental factors that contribute to the development of secure and insecure attachment strategies (The ‘ABC’ model of attachment) and the characteristics associated with these;
- Understand how attachment theory links to the Signs of Safety Practice Framework as a strengths-based, non-labelling and non-pathologising approach, alongside exploration of its links to child development and the emerging fields of interpersonal neurobiology and narrative medicine;
- Be able to describe and recognise barriers to relationships;
- Understand the importance of self-awareness and why attachment informed practice strongly signals the importance of relationship-based practice as key to successful assessment and intervention;
- Be clear about how an understanding of the attachment experiences of children and adults (assessment) can help practitioners increase their understanding of the roots of maladaptation in family functioning (formulation) and develop attachment informed plans and interventions;
- Understand how attachment can be formally and informally assessed and learn how to improve accuracy in their observations alongside tools designed to promote security in relationships and improve psychological functioning;
- Understand the impact of loss and trauma and its implications for assessment and intervention;
- Be familiar with and be able to apply good practice in report writing and recording.