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Attachment-based Practice with Children, Adults and Families

Understanding Strategies and Promoting Positive Change

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 well-being.  While attachment theory is a fascinating field of study, busy frontline practitioners and supervisors are best served with training that helps them to translate the theory into principles, tools and practical strategies for working.  This course does just that.  It is designed to increase the confidence of practitioners and supervisors to act as change agents with their clients and supervisees, and to understand and relate to people in an attuned way.

This training course introduces contemporary attachment theory, its links with child development, neurobiology and the emerging field of narrative medicine, which harnesses the powerful effects of personal stories on human development.  The course uses powerful case studies to illustrate how and why people develop different attachment strategies.

This course is for practitioners in social work, mental health, psychological therapy of all types, family therapy, education, criminal justice, adoption and fostering, residential care and leaving care services.  The course is also relevant for professionals who supervise staff in the above areas, and for students on qualifying and post-qualifying courses.

Click to read Detailed Programme and Learning Outcomes

Course Facilitator: Clark Baim, M.Ed., BPA, UKCP, is a Senior Trainer in Psychodrama.  He and Lydia Gurthrie are Co-Directors of Change Point Ltd., a training organisation focusing on the social care, mental health, voluntary and criminal justice sectors.  In the 1980s, Clark was the founder and the first Director of Geese Theatre UK, using applied drama in prisons and probation.  In the 1990s, he worked as a group psychotherapist for five years at HM Prison Grendon, and between 2000 and 2012 he was the Co-Lead National Trainer for Sexual Offending Groupwork Programmes run by the Probation Service.  He has studied extensively in the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation with Dr Patricia Crittenden, and developed this course with Tony Morrison in 2002.  He has trained several thousand practitioners from many disciplines in attachment-based practice.  He is the co-author and co-editor of five books and author of numerous articles and chapters in journals and books.

Trainer's style - "Very knowledgeable, and good interaction with the group - lots of opportunities to ask questions and have discussions".