Event Summary

A course for professionals who work with adults, including adults who are parents and carers

**Early Bird Extended to Thursday April 20 **

Target Audience
This workshop is for professionals with some experience of undertaking assessments or therapeutic work with adults, including adults who are parents or carers. This includes those working in child welfare/ child protection settings, fostering and adoption, adult mental health or counselling services, criminal justice and multi-disciplinary contexts that cross adult and children's services. This course is also relevant for professionals who supervise staff in the above areas.

Workshop Overview
Why are some people stoic and unemotional even when facing the most harrowing threat?  Why do other people cry or rant with only mild stress?  And what happens when these self-protective strategies fail to meet a person’s basic need for safety and comfort?  How might these strategies contribute to the development of behaviour that is harmful to the self or other people? Attachment theory – which focuses on how we adapt our behaviour throughout our lifespan to gain safety, comfort, predictability and proximity to safe figures – can offer some useful insights when we consider these questions. 

This training event will introduce participants to key concepts in the field of attachment theory and apply this theory to working with adults. The course will use presentations and participatory work, with an emphasis on inter-active learning (e.g. in pairs and small groups), to explore how attachment theory can inform a deeper understanding of the people we work with and the methods that may help them to better understand themselves and change their behaviour.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding the key elements of contemporary attachment theory.
  • Identifying how attachment strategies are expressed in speech and behaviour.
  • Developing interview skills to assess the nature of the attachment strategy.
  • Learning and practising a five-stage protocol to improve psychological coherence.
  • Applying theory in practice through transcript analysis of clinical interviews.
  • Applying theory in practice to your own case material, using a structured approach that takes into account attachment, strengths-based practice and systemic thinking.

Attachment Overview Clark Baim 2017

Feedback from previous courses

"On reflection, I couldn't think of a more mindful and generous workshop, which appeared to increase every practitioner's capacity for reflexivity... What can I say - truly awe inspiring!"

"The workshop was excellent - it all made such good sense... More importantly, I am sure the knowledge will stick in my repertoire, unlike so many workshops where the knowledge evaporates. I am hooked."