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Attachment Based Practice with Families, Part 2 - Adolescence, Adulthood and the Family system (Virtual)

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Target Audience
Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / Managers / Residential Childcare Practitioners / Social Work Managers / Social Work Practitioners
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Course Types
Course categories
ESCC Staff / Public Sector Partners (eg NHS, Police, Probation)
Connected Practice / Core Skills and Knowledge / Safeguarding and Child Protection
Course description

This live interactive virtual course is a professional/advanced level of training on 'Attachment Based Practice with Families’, focusing on attachment based practice with adolescents and adults. It replaces the previous 'Introduction to Attachment Based Practice with Adults' course. It is aimed at case-holding practitioners. You must complete 'Attachment Based Practice with Families, Part 1- infancy, early childhood and the school years' or have
completed the previous 'Application of Attachment Theory' course before attending this course. Following Days 1 and 2 participants will undertake a piece of assessment work in preparation for Day 3.

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. 

Once you have successfully booked on you will receive a link to the platform for this event. 

Training objectives

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.

As with Part 1 of the course, days one and two of Part 2 focus on translating the theory into principles tools and practical strategies for understanding the functioning of adolescents and adults in families. It utilises chapters 1-8 of the course text, ‘Attachment-based Practice with Adults’ by Clark Baim and Tony Morrison.

Day 3 focuses on taking understanding of the difficulties and strengths of individual family members and developing an attachment informed understanding of family functioning.



Learning outcomes

 At the end of the course participants will:
Days One and Two:
• Revisit essential aspects of the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM) across the lifespan
• Revisit how attachment strategies are formed from the family and systems perspectives and build confidence in describing contributing factors to the development of secure and insecure attachment strategies
• Understand the five key memory systems for understanding how attachment strategies develop and function
• Understand how to identify attachment strategies in speech and behaviour
• Understand how to apply theory in practice through discourse analysis of case study interviews
• Understand how the DMM connects with the emerging fields of interpersonal neurobiology and narrative medicine
• Understand the LEARN Model for promoting narrative integration and improving psychological functioning
• Understand the impact of unresolved loss and trauma and implications for assessment and intervention
• Understand what it means to be psychologically integrated and to re-organise one’s mind in relation to perceived danger
• Formulate a plan in small groups to undertake some ‘attachment informed’ assessment work with a family before Day 3 of the course

Day Three:
• Revisit key themes and learning from the ‘Attachment Based Practice with Families’ Programme
• In small groups organised on day two, review assessment work undertaken with individual family members (transcripts of assessment sessions, videos of parent child interaction or direct work such as story stems with children etc.) with the goal of synthesising understanding about individual family members to develop an attachment informed understanding of family functioning.
• Develop a plan for direct work with the family using the LEARN model and techniques and exercises from Chapter 9 to effect change within the family system based on the formulation of family functioning.

Additional Information

PREPARATION AND FOLLOW UP: Applicants must have completed the Attachment Based Practice with Families, Part 1- infancy, early childhood and the school years course.

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU: Participants will be asked to undertake a piece of assessment work (audio or video recorded) with an adult or child (within a family identified by your group) and bring this back to Day 3 ready for review.

This training is expected to be delivered via Zoom. Full joining instructions and guidance will be provided before the event.


Start Date
Wednesday 16 September 2020
End Date
Wednesday 11 November 2020
Closing Date
Thursday 10 September 2020
09:30 - 14:30
Maximum Places
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