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How to Treat Attachment Disturbances in Adults?

Help your patients earn Secure Attachment with 10hrs clinical training that is eligible for CE Credits*. With award-winning author and psychology expert Dr. Daniel P Brown.


Clinical Training Eligible for 8CE* Credits

The impact of Attachment Disturbances is felt in all parts of society. Learn a proven method for helping your patients repair their disturbances:
  • Expert lectures with experiential exercises for clinicians and their clients
  • Clinical interviews with psychology thought leaders on Attachment Disturbances
  • Q&A with a psychology expert that dives deeper into the Three Pillars Practice to help you apply it within different areas.
  • BONUS: A complete 200-page workbook with transcripts and slides*
  • BONUS: Over 20 hours of comprehensive reference material*‍

Heal Attachment Disturbances


A Comprehensive Overview of Attachment Disturbances

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.


Introducing the Three Pillar Approach

The Three Pillars represent the core of Dr. Brown’s approach to attachment treatment:

  • The Ideal Parent Figure Protocol (IPF)
  • Fostering a range of Metacognitive Skills
  • Fostering collaborative nonverbal and verbal behavior

Learn a step-by-step introduction to how the Three Pillar Approach treats attachment disturbance. Integrating research and comprehensive clinical expertise, it equips clinicians with the necessary skills to foster new, healthy and positive internal working models for attachment.


Treating Specific Forms of Attachment Disturbance in Adults

Over 32% of the North American & European population grapple with three main forms of attachment disturbance: preoccupied, dismissing and disorganized. Learn a comprehensive step-by-step instructional guide to how the Three Pillar Approach is used to treat each specific form of attachment disturbance with experiential exercises that you can use with your patients.


Introduction to AAI and diving deep with patients to explore their Self Pathology* & Secure Intimacy

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*.

The Faculty

  • Daniel P Brown, Ph.D. is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and has served on the faculty for over 38 years.
  • A senior meditation master, Dr. Brown has trained and taught with top Indo-Tibetan Bon & Buddhist lamas for more than 48 years, including lineage holders from some of the great schools of Buddhism.
  • An author of 24 books, and winner of the 1999 Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry & Law for outstanding contribution to forensic psychiatry.
  • As an expert forensic law witness, Dr. Brown has testified in over 200 child abuse cases and served as an expert witness for prosecutors at the International War Crimes Tribunal, helping them establish a standard of evidence for victims of war atrocities.
  • Dr. Brown co-developed The Attachment Project based on the foundations of his award-winning book Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair.
  • The Three Pillars treatment method has garnered praise across the scientific and medical community, which was the recipient of the 2018 ISST-D Pierre Janet Writing Award.


Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair

A comprehensive treatment approach for the repair and resolution of attachment disturbances in adults, for use in clinical settings. With contributing authors Paula Morgan-Johnson, Paula Sacks, Caroline R. Baltzer, James Hickey, Andrea Cole, Jan Bloom, and Deirdre Fay.

Co-Authored by
Daniel P. Brown, Ph.D. and David S. Elliott Ph.D.

Training Contributions From

Nigel Denning

Counselling Psychologist
• 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

David Elliott

Clinical Psychologist
•  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

Learn to Treat Attachment

We train mental health professionals to work effectively with patients, to help them learn secure attachments and change behavioral patterns that are passed onto the next generation.

Over 10 hours of Clinical Training for only $397


Attachment disturbances are transgenerational dysfunctional relationship patterns that impact at least 32% of the US population. Rates are similar in other wealthy western countries and even higher in countries with intergenerational conflict and instability. We offer a proven psychological treatment for healing patients who lacked a secure attachment in early childhood.

  • Award-Winning Treatment System with expert Lectures and experiential exercises for clinicians and their clients.
  • A groundbreaking approach to treating attachment disorders including Q&A with a psychology expert that dives deeper into common questions about the practice.
  • Earn 8CE* credits and receive your certificate immediately after the post-test. To view more information on CE Credits click here.
  • Access BONUS MATERIAL* that includes over 20 hours of comprehensive reference material plus a complete 200-page workbook with transcripts and slides.

Learn The Fundamentals Of Attachment Theory

Explore the history of attachment in its various therapies, with an in-depth overview of how to assess and treat attachment disturbances in adults.

The Revolutionary Three Pillars Approach

Show your patients how to develop a positive internal working model for secure attachment; enhance their metacognitive skills and foster collaborative behaviors, in regards to attachment.

Let The Healing Begin

Train your patients in a secure attachment style that manifests over generations, and shift the paradigm towards a healthy internal working model that dramatically improve relationships, family environments, and overall mental states.

Complete Training Overview


What Clinicians Are Saying About Dr. Brown’s Approach

Psychology Today

Dianne Roberts Stoler Ed.D. from Psychology Today article

This book, "Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair," is a major breakth in treatment.It should be required reading by every mental health clinician and provider as a basis of treatment. If it were, there would be more positive treatment results for a wide variety of mental health issues.

Onno van der Hart

PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychopathology of Chronic Traumatization, Utrecht University

Attachment Disturbances in Adults is a book of genius, an unequalled account of how far the attachment field has evolved since Bowlby's groundbreaking studies of attachment bonds. It presents an outstanding, encyclopedic, and integrative overview of theoretical understanding, assessment, and treatment. All this leads to a highly inspirational and effective treatment model, consisting of three "pillars": The Ideal Parent-Figure Protocol, Metacognitive Interventions for Attachment Disturbances, and Fostering Collaborative Capacity and Behavior. These pillars not only include the best of what has been written before in the attachment field, but also integrate the authors' wonderful work from other domains. This extraordinary book will set the bar for many years to come.

Kathy Steele

MN, CS, Clinical Director, Metropolitan Counseling Services. Author of Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation

A masterpiece of integration, creativity, and clinical wisdom, Attachment Disturbances in Adults stands out as a vibrantly innovative treasure that will endure, one of those rare trail-blazers. Mental health professionals across disciplines will delight in the rich depth and breadth of this essential book, which seamlessly interweaves research, theory and treatment. Brown, Elliott and colleagues have written a tour de force that is surely destined to become an instant classic.

Dante Cicchetti

McKnight Presidential Chair, Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

This is an incredibly important volume that makes a stunning contribution to the field. It spectacularly achieves an integration of the lifespan literature on attachment and its sequelae with intervention. Rarely does a scholarly work contribute to the understanding of the processes underlying attachment and its dysfunction while simultaneously providing a clearly delineated prescription for treatment. Practitioners will profit from the detailed clinical vignettes and researchers will gain many ideas warranting empirical investigation.

Diana Fosha

PhD, author of The Transforming Power of Affect, Director of the AEDP Institute

This is an extraordinary achievement. The must-have book on attachment, it includes everything you need to know about attachment, and then some―history, research, typology AND treatment! Richly comprehensive, precise, and wise, it is honed by real clinical experience, with step-by-step treatment protocols tailored to each attachment classification. This book should be required reading for all graduate students in clinical programs, be they clinical psychology, psychiatry, counseling, or social work. It should be a sine qua non for all attachment researchers. It is a book that any clinician who works with trauma and attachment disturbances―which means all clinicians, for attachment disturbances underlie most major syndromes―should have and master.

Human Givens Journal

A thought-provoking, inspiring journal about psychology, human behaviour and mental health.

I thoroughly recommend reading this book. Full of practical detail about the three-pillars method, and sample ‘scripts’ and sessions, which I found extremely valuable. I intend, when appropriate, to put the elements that I have described into practice.


Reviewed by: Tina Arnoldi. Find the article that refers to the quote here >

The book provides a very thorough guide of how attachment disturbances can be related to psychopathology such as emotional distress, somatic disorders, trauma, addictions, and personality disorders. . . . [A]n incredibly thorough resource for someone who needs an advanced understanding of attachment issues for a course or for the mental health professional who wishes to integrate this information into their work.

Ken Wilber

American writer on transpersonal psychology and his own integral theory.

The book provides a very thorough guide of how attachment disturbances can be related to psychopathology such as emotional distress, somatic disorders, trauma, addictions, and personality disorders. . . . [A]n incredibly thorough resource for someone who needs an advanced understanding of attachment issues for a course or for the mental health professional who wishes to integrate this information into their work.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does * mean?

*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.

Who is training targetted at?

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.

What will I learn in this training?

Across 17 learning modules, you will learn The Fundamentals Of Attachment Theory and explore the history of attachment in its various therapies, including patterns of relational disturbance, seminal ideas and clinical manifestations, and an in-depth overview of how to effectively assess and treat attachment disturbances in adults. You will be able to lean on the Revolutionary Three Pillars Approach, which includes the development a new positive working model for secure attachment, fostering collaborative behaviors and the enhanced development of metacognitive skills relating to states-of-mind in respect to attachment. You will be able to leverage the skills and knowledge from this course to train patients in secure attachment styles over the generations.

Will I need follow up supervision or a master class to dive deeper?

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 need to follow-up supervision with a trained expert and/or a masterclass with a case example. Learn More >

Are the course sessions live or pre-recorded?

The course videos are pre-recorded and there is a full reference inventory for your reference.

I'm a full time student or from a country classified as low income by the world bank?

If you either are a full-time student or from a country classified as low-income by the World Bank, please contact us to apply for a discounted rate.

How do I purchase Dr. Brown’s book Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair?

You can purchase Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair through Amazon here.

To whom can I send feedback or suggestions?

We are always happy to receive suggestions that could help us improve user experience in the future. Contact us. Please be aware that we cannot respond individually to every message, though we do read the content.

What is your refund policy?

We unconditionally guarantee satisfaction with MindOnly’s Attachment Project Clinical Training for up to 7 days. If our products fail to meet your expectation for any reason, simply contact us.

What are the learning objectives of the program?

1) Describe how the attachment bonds play an influence on adult life.
2) Identify the 2 best assessment tools to identify attachment disturbance in the patient and discuss accurate assessment of comorbidity of attachment disturbance.
3) Define the 4 types of attachment disturbance with their clinical manifestations and the attachment bond over the lifecycle.
4) Demonstrate & utilize the experience of the Ideal Parent Figures protocol & case conceptualization for treating Preoccupied, Dismissing and Disorganized Attachment in patients & the protocol to help in Enhancing Secure Intimacy in patients.
5) Explain the role of Metacognition in treating attachment disturbance and be able to describe the 4 generations of metacognitive skills.
6) Apply collaborative behaviour in your treatments to help patients with collaborative dialogue.
7) Discuss how to utilize the three pillars method in clinical practice with practical examples of being able to prepare treatments plans and explanation to your patients how this applies.
8) Identify how to apply the three pillars method can be utilized in combination with different types of therapy..

How long does it take to complete the training?

You’ll have access to over 10 hours of continued education eligible for 8CE 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.

How do I obtain my 8 CE credits for US & Canadian Clients?

You will earn approximately one CE credit for each contact hour of the course. 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 course. Read here about earning your 8 CE credits.

How do I obtain a certificate of completion  World Wide (excluding US & Canada)?

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. Read here about earning your completion certificate.

How do I access The Complete Training on Attachment Disturbances after I have purchased it?

You will receive an e-mail with all the relevant information needed to sign into your account.

Can I download the course to a computer or mobile device?

Once you have signed up for the course, you can download the complete transcript and course workbook on the “Welcome” page of the course.

What is your Grievance Policy?

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to at our contact page. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.