This course was created for psychologists, psychoanalysts, marriage counselors, family therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, pediatricians and social workers.
The impact of attachment disturbances is felt in all parts of society. Learn a proven method for helping your patients repair their disturbances with expert lectures and experiential exercises for you and your clients.
1. The background
Over 32% of the North American & European population grapple with three main forms of attachment disturbance: preoccupied, dismissing and disorganized.
Attachment disturbances are the main source of many mental health issues faced by adults. Intergenerational in nature, they are often shared across several generations of families. This section provides clinicians with an in-depth understanding of the condition: how it can manifest over an adult life cycle, and the different treatment approaches that are commonly used.
2. The approach
The Three Pillars represent the core of Dr. Brown’s approach to attachment treatment:
The Three Pillar Approach:
1. The Ideal Parent Figure protocol (IPF)
2. Developing a range of metacognitive skills
3. Fostering collaborative nonverbal and verbal behavior
Learn a step-by-step introduction to how the Three Pillar Approach is used to treat attachment disturbances. Integrating research and comprehensive clinical expertise, it equips clinicians with the necessary skills to foster new, healthy and positive internal working models for attachment.
3. Applying the treatment
Learn how the Three Pillar Approach is used to treat each specific type of attachment disturbance with experiential exercises that you can use with your patients.
The final section examines a valuable tool known as the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), which is the gold standard used to thoroughly assess and classify different forms of attachment. We shift focus to helping your patients expand on their new base of secure attachment to develop secure intimacy and self pathology*.
Lecture: 12 Minutes
We first explore the four main prototypes of attachment in both children and adults: secure attachment, avoidant (or dismissing) attachment, resistant to ambivalent attachment in children and anxious-preoccupied attachment in adults, and finally, disorganized attachment.
Lecture: 37 Minutes
A comprehensive outlook on having seminal ideas in the history of the attachment field, covering some of the main developments in the history of ideas in the attachment field.
Lecture: 13 Minutes
This section presents the ways clinicians can best assess attachment status in their adult patients.
Learn with a top transformational teacher
Through his work at Harvard Medical School and global retreats, Dr. Brown has taught over 10,000 students with a focus on psychology and meditation.
Winner of the 1999 Guttmacher Award: from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry & Law.
Harvard Medical School: Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and has served on the faculty for over 38 years.
Award-Winning Author: of 22 books including Attachment Disturbances in Adults, which was the recipient of the 2018 ISST-D Pierre Janet Writing Award.
• Former board member of the College of Counseling Psychologists, a member group of the Australian Psychological Association
• Registered supervisor for International Association of Applied Neuropsychotherapy
• Vice President of In Good Faith Foundation
• Co-Author of “Attachment Disturbance in Adults”
• Faculty and Advisory Board Chair of the Int. School for Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Group Leadership in Saint Petersburg, Russia
• Former President of the Rhode Island Psychological Association Association
We train mental health professionals to work effectively with patients, to help them learn secure attachment and change behavioral patterns that are passed onto the next generation.
Diana Fosha, PhD
Author of “The Transforming Power of Affect” and Director of the AEDP Institute
Onno van der Hart, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Psychopathology of Chronic Traumatization, Utrecht University
Kathy Steele, MN, CS
Clinical Director, Metropolitan Counseling Services. Author of “Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation”
Dante Cicchetti, PhD
McKnight Presidential Chair, William Harris Professor of Child Development & Psychiatry
This course is aimed at psychologists, psychoanalysts, marriage counselors and family therapists, occupational therapists, teachers/educators, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, pediatricians and social workers. The course is suitable across Beginning Level, Intermediate Level, and Advanced Level. All levels will be taught an understanding of how to start identifying and treating attachment disturbances. A full Q&A session is provided for those who wish to dive deeper into the practice.
*Not all modules are eligible for CE Credits. Specifically, the module on Self Development as well as the bonus reference material is not eligible for CE Credits in the USA.
You’ll have access to over 10 hours of continued education eligible for 8 CE Credits, divided into 17 teaching modules plus bonus material (that isn’t eligible for CE credits). The curriculum is adapted to cater to the learning pace of every clinician, and we offer 1-year access to the training from the moment of purchase. Access to the training is entirely digital so that you can attend the training via phone, tablet or computer.
In order to master the skills needed to shift the paradigm of attachment disturbances towards healthy models that dramatically improve the quality of relationships, family environments and their overall mental state of your patients, you may require follow-up supervision with a trained expert and/or a masterclass with a case example.
You will earn approximately one CE credit for each contact hour of the course. Once you have taken the course, if you do not pass the post test by 75% or better, you can retake the test. After you pass the exam, you will be able to print out a certificate of completion as evidence that you completed the course. Learn more about earning your 8 CE credits.
Once you have taken the course, you can take the required test any number of times over a 12-month period. After you pass the exam, you will be able to print out a certificate of completion as evidence that you completed the 10-hour course. Learn more about earning your completion certificate.
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Meet our world-class faculty of attachment specialists.
Transformational learning while earning CE credits.
Watch the clinical interview series with our faculty.
Attachment Disturbances in Adults is on Amazon.