This training will help participants learn the adult attachment categories, based on the research of Dr. Mary Main and how each category affects parenting. Participants will learn how to determine a parent’s adult attachment, and how to reflect this to the parents with whom they are working, non-judgementally. The therapy model will help parents understand how their attachment affects their parenting, how to parent from a secure adult attachment and how they can redevelop secure adult attachment.
Parents with unresolved trauma have a significant impact on their children since they are more disorganized in their parenting. Although resolution of the trauma is crucial for both the parent and child, the parent who can understand their own triggers and work to offer more predictable parenting will ensure the trauma is not generationally transmitted.
This parenting paradigm offers a valuable and non-judgemental approach to ensure that all children have the potential to become secure adults and for those parents with insecure adult attachments to develop better self-understanding and new meaning to their early childhood experiences.
Case examples and interactive exercises will be presented.
- Develop an understanding of the adult attachment of a parent.
- Describe how the adult attachment category affects parenting.
- Build parents’ understanding of their attachment category, without self-judgement.
- Examine a model of therapy to redevelop secure adult attachment.
- Learn parenting interventions based on secure adult attachment.
Who Should Attend
This training is for mental health professionals, social workers, clinicians, counsellors, psychotherapists. As well as those that work with children and youth and would like an in-depth understanding of attachment theory.
Course Dates & Format
There are no scheduled dates for this course at this time, however in-service is available.
This is a 6-hour training. This course consists of two 3-hour interactive virtual sessions using Zoom.
Instructor: Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW
Annette is a registered Social Worker, registered Marriage and Family Therapist and advanced attachment focused therapist. She has worked in children’s mental health as a therapist, supervisor, manager and clinical director and was the owner/director of the Leaside Therapy Centre, a multi-discipline clinic in Toronto until 2012. She presently has a private practice where she specializes in attachment focused therapy for adults, couples and adoptive families.
Annette has received advanced training in attachment focused therapy and training in the adult attachment interview. She offers consultation to agencies and individual professionals and regularly provides training to organizations throughout Ontario including Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Social Work, Mission Empowerment, SickKids Centre for Mental Health Training Institute and many children’s mental health services and child welfare agencies in the area of attachment, trauma and brain development. Annette has written her first book, ‘It’s Attachment, A New Way of Understanding Yourself and Your Relationships’, published by Guernica Editions.
Group Registration: Save 20% off individual fee with group registration of 4 or more participants. Download the group registration form HERE.
Continuing Education Information
Licensing boards and professional organizations will grant Continuing Education credits for attendance at their discretion when participants submit the course outline and certificate.
This is available as an in-person or virtual in-service training and customized to suit your needs.