Attachment consists of diverse lifespan phenomena. Studies have now expanded including all age cohorts: younger and older children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Both understanding and responding to attachment needs of each group requires knowledge of important differences and similarities, continuities and discontinuities. This seminar provides a unique overview of practical interventions applicable across the full attachment lifespan. For each age group, one evidence-based approach will be engaged whereby specific skills and activities are explored with a focus on applicability for practice. Although fewer practitioners work with every lifespan age group, awareness of the full spectrum remains valuable for understanding clients, their families and their relations.
After an initial introduction to Attachment Theory, the seminar focuses on six specific age groups. (1) The initial glance takes in earliest pre-language attachments where implicit patterns of interaction dominate. Some of the greatest clinical progress in the attachment world has occurred in supporting first attachments with key caregivers.
(2) The emergence of goal-corrected partnerships between ages 2 and 5 has historically received less attention than earlier attachments. Indeed, we have only recently been able to fully measure. But social work home visit interventions are producing valuable evidence for shifting less optimal attachments.
(3) Middle childhood attachment includes greater integration within the family system and new attachments possibly formed with key mentors such as teachers and sports coaches. The practical value of promising combinations of attachment and system interventions will be considered, especially as regards school performance.
4) Adolescence sees the emergence of an individual’s first peer or symmetrical attachments as adulthood beckons. This period remains the most challenging as our grasp of these immense changes remain only partially understood. Again, a look at the more efficacious interventions for the world of the adolescent will be explored: both parent-child and peer.
(5) Adulthood sees the emergence of new long-term relationships, both romantic and close friendships. The application of attachment to couples work as depicted in Susan Johnson’s important work with Emotionally Focused Therapy [EFT] for couples takes the next focus. [Please not more in-depth work with adult maladaptive attachment is considered in Seminars 2] (6) Finally, the seminar concludes with a vital glimpse of emerging research on shifts in attachment in later life. Existential and familial considerations will also be taken up for this period.
In summary, the seminar seeks to skill up mental health workers by providing a relatively focussed but still comprehensive picture of the most current research and available practical interventions by lifespan period.
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“Interesting references to the progression of this theory.”
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Our continuing professional development events meet the quality standard recognised by many relevant
professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, mental health
nursing, community work, counselling, psychotherapy and more.
This event provides 6 hours of live interactive training and participants are required to complete the quiz in order to retrieve their certificate of completion.
We recommend checking with your association for the correct calculation of points for this event.
Kevin Keith, PhD is a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor. He splits time between private practice and education/academic activities. He is a lecturer in the Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) and Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). In 2017, he completed his PhD at the University of Sydney (History and Philosophy of Science Unit) with primary research interests in Attachment Theory. His thesis—The Goal-Corrected Partnership: A Critical Assessment of the Research Programme—brings focus on attachment development post-infancy. This work rearticulates Attachment Theory in light of advances in the lifespan developmental sciences, especially approaches to biological complexity. Kevin presents regularly on Attachment Theory to a wide range of audiences, including a May 2016 paper at the International Society for Philosophy of Psychiatry in Atlanta GA USA [on attachment within the NIMH Research Domain Criteria, an alternative model to the DSM-5]. He is acclaimed as an engaging and inspiring presenter whose seminars change the way therapists perceive and work with their clients in ways that surprise and delight.
Registration fee: $199
- Recorded version available to view for 3 months after event.
- Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training.
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- Recorded version available to view for 1 month after event.
- Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training.
This seminar provides 6 hours for CPD points.
Reminders will be sent prior to your live webcast event with a link to your account at https://www.pdp-catalogue.com.au where you will see your purchased webcasts.
You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.
Learning objectives of this training:
"Understanding lifespan attachment phenomena—both the similarities and differences by unique age period—, enables us to engage more effectively with our clients and their families." Kevin Keith
How will you benefit from attending this training?
Morning Session (includes a short break)
Afternoon Session (includes a short break)
Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate. To complete the quiz, please log into your account at pdp-catalogue.com.au and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.
This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.
Session One : 9:15 AM– 10:50 AM
Break : 10:50 AM – 11:10 AM
Session Two : 11:10 AM – 12:45 AM
Lunch Break : 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM
Session Three : 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Break : 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Session Four: 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
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