Attachment and Resilience

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define attachment
  • Identify the different types of attachment and build on their understanding of how a child’s attachment experience can influence their behaviour
  • Identify the key ingredients to building a secure attachment with children and young people in care
  • Define resilience and understand its role
  • Develop a plan to strengthen a child or young person’s level of resilience.

The first session will introduce participants to the concept of attachment and the four types of attachment. It will explore how someone’s experience of attachment influences the development of their internal working model (their beliefs about themselves, others and relationships), and how in turn this influences the way they act.

The second session looks at how a secure attachment can be developed with children and young people who have a history of poor attachment opportunities. It will also provide participants with an opportunity to review a case they have been involved with, to apply their knowledge from the previous session and to develop a plan for enhancing the development of a secure attachment with a child or young person.

The third session explores resiliency as one’s ability to bounce back from adversity. A child or young person’s level of resiliency is a critical component which acts to moderate the impact of maltreatment on him / her. This session introduces participants to this important concept and asks them to think about the core building blocks of resilience.

The last session allows carers to practise through the use of case scenarios and case reviews. They will have a chance to learn how to build resilience and practise thinking about how to help with the development of resiliency in children or young people who may come into their care.

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