Connection is central to the work of helpers, teachers, and counsellors – skills to facilitate positive attachment go a long way toward achieving this goal. Healthy and flourishing attachment relationships are important throughout life because they lead to increased resilience. Early attachment patterns influence how children grow to engage with others and form adult relationships. Our first experiences of forming and maintaining relationships happen within the family context, but children and youth also experience attachment relationships with other adults in their lives including educators and caregivers. This interactive and experiential workshop will explore attachment theory, as well as common attachment dynamics at play for children and adults alike. Participants will practice applying principles and strategies for fostering connection with children and families.

Some of the Topics Included

  • Foundations of Attachment Theories
  • Understanding Process and Patterns in Relationships
  • The Cultural Context of Systems
  • The Positive Power of Attachment
  • Spoken and Unspoken Rules of Connection
  • Skills for Engaging Family Systems
  • Using Curiosity to Explore Process

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, childcare workers and anyone seeking a better understanding of attachment.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role of attachment in healthy relationship development
  • Summarize attachment patterns that commonly shape interactions
  • Identify signs of health in attachment relationships
  • List a variety of skills for increasing secure and healthy attachment patterns