Attachment Theory – Module 1
Attachment theory was devised by psychoanalyst John Bowlby following the Second World War and suggests the existence of a psychological connection between individuals in close relationships. In particular, Bowlby drew together a large body of theoretical work, including that of Piaget and Melanie Klein, to try to understand the psychological underpinnings of the relationship between parents and their children.
Attachment theory is one of the most important theoretical perspectives for social workers to understand as it offers practitioners a framework for both assessing parenting capacity and formulating interventions. This importance has been reflected in the findings and recommendations of a number of Government reports including those of Eileen Munro (2011) and Sir Martin Narey (2014).
This first of three linked days will be largely tutor led and will look at the ideas and theories that predated Bowlby’s work and place him in an historical context.
We will then go on to look at the way attachment is characterised in relation to adult and children’s attachment status. We will also challenge some myths about attachment, particularly the idea that secure attachment is good and that all else is bad.
The course will also consider some other important aspects of attachment such as theory of mind.
Although most of the day is taught, there will be some discussion and some video material as well as a quiz or two if time permits.
The day will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea / coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, the course will end at approx 4.30pm
A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.