Attachment Based Practice in a Fostering Service. Part 1.

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Welcome to Part 1 of the Attachment Based Practice in Fostering training

This is where you will find all the resources for the pre-course activities and the activities we will do during the training and more….

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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 understand:

  • Attachment theory and its links to child development and neurobiology; 
  • The essential aspects of the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM) 
  • The developmental factors that contribute to the development of secure and insecure attachment strategies; how to identify attachment strategies and how they develop and function
  • Attachment theory as a strengths-based, non-labelling and non-pathologising approach;
  • How 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;
  • How attachment can be assessed, formally and informally and the limitations of the various methods;
  • Attachment informed practice strongly signals the importance of relationship-based practice as key to successful assessment and intervention. 
  • How to apply theory in practice when assessing and supervising foster carers
  • How to help carers think differently about the function of children’s behaviour