Attachment Theory

one day course

Attachment theory is the joint work of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. Attachment theory suggest that parental responses to the child’s needs lead to the development of patterns of attachment which influence future adult relationships; perceptions; emotions and behaviour. Attachment theory emphasises the difference between secure attachment and few types of insecure attachments including Avoidant; Ambivalent; Disorganised and Reactive.

A child develops a secure attachment as a result of responsive, available and predictable parental style. A child/adult with secure attachment is much more likely to be able to function positively both in relationship and as a separate individual. An insecure attachment can be the result of unavailable; inconsistent, ignoring, rejecting or even frightening parental behaviour. The result is likely to be a child/adult who is anxious, insecure, chaotic, frightened, misuse substances, has difficulties in relationship and possibly abusive.

Research suggests that practitioners who are able to offer a secure base can help shift insecurely attached clients to a more secure attachment.

Course aims:

  • Introduce the basic principles of the attachment theory.
  • Explore the relationship between attachment patterns and substance misuse.
  • Learn to identify signs of the different types of insecure attachments, as they are manifested in the therapeutic/working relationship.
  • Explore ways of working with clients who are insecurely attached.
  • Raise awareness to your own attachment patterns and how they interact and impact on the client’s attachment style.

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