Attachment Theory – Module 1

Coming Soon

£150.00 Inc.VAT

Attachment theory, devised by psychoanalyst John Bowlby, suggests the existence of a psychological connection between individuals in close relationships and understand the psychological underpinnings of the relationship between parents and their children.

Course Options

  • Clear selection

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.


Terence Simmons

Terence believes that social work practice is at its best when it is an effective mixture of sound self-awareness, applied intuition and rigorously utilised theoretical frameworks.  Terence also firmly believes that social workers need the ability to express themselves well and clearly and be able to construct arguments that are logical, founded in observational skill, use appropriate evidence and demonstrate that competing viewpoints have been balanced adequately.

As a practitioner, Terence has cast a wide theoretical net but has concentrated largely on the practice of parenting and uses attachment theory as the basis for understanding parenting behaviour and the simplicity of parenting approaches such as the Parent/Child Game for changing parenting behaviour.  However, it is not unusual for him to also rely on his years as a Relate counsellor, mentor, counselling supervisor (for addictions counsellors) as well as his training in systemic family therapy, psychodrama, gestalt psychotherapy and the insights afforded by cognitive psychology.

At times of the greatest stress, he is usually to be found in his shed or playing the drums.

Essex Business School , University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ Tel: 01206 873333

Essex Business School is the UK’s first zero carbon business school building and its design reflects our commitment to responsible business practice.

The venue has a stunning winter garden and Eden-like dome that gives the building its own micro-climate and a rainwater pond that recycles water for use in the buildings plumbing. More than one tonne of carbon is saved per day through the building’s energy efficient design and low carbon technologies.

The venue has a cafe open throughout the day from 9am, serving freshly baked cakes, sandwiches and pastries, and a selection of teas and coffee, the venue also has free Wi-Fi access throughout.

How to find us

Car: Colchester is just off the A12. From London and south Essex, take the Colchester (A133) exit. From Ipswich, take the Colchester (A1232) exit. Please follow roadside signage to our Colchester Campus. Sat Nav: Please enter the postcode ‘CO4, 3SQ’ only.

Train: There are frequent trains from London Liverpool Street to Colchester North station, Colchester Town, and Wivenhoe stations, with connections to Ipswich, Norwich, Felixstowe, Harwich and beyond.

Bus: The following bus services run through our campus connecting it to and from Colchester town centre, Colchester Station, and Wivenhoe: 61, 62, 74/74A, 75, 76 and 87.

Taxi: There are taxi ranks at Colchester North Station, Colchester Bus Station and in the town centre. The journey to the University normally takes about ten minutes and you should ask for the University Visitors Car Park.

Car Parking
Free parking will be made available to all attendees, a printable parking permit will be provided by email prior to the training event.

Below are some comments from attendees from our June course held in Colchester:

An excellent opportunity to reflect on what I thought I knew. The course went at a good pace, I liked the varied style of presentation. The trainer had excellent knowledge and clear enthusiasm. – P.R, SW

I found the course to be very interesting and relaxed. It was better than I expected, I didn’t realise how much I had forgotten. An excellent opportunity to understand parenting attachment styles. – S.W, ISW

I really liked how the trainer made constant links to assessments. – B.S, ISW

The course addressed key issues, relating to my questions on attachment theory. Good use of sources and references. – E.D, ISW


You may also like…

  • Sale! How to undertake a parenting assessment - Social Worker training courses in London

    Undertaking a Parenting Assessment


    13th & 14th April 2020 – Holiday Inn Express, Stratford, London
    This training course equips attendees with the skills to complete a thorough parenting assessment, to effectively assess parenting capacity and arrive at a prognosis that is well argued, evidenced that can withstand the rigours of cross-examination.

    Available - book now

    Early bird offer

    £295.00 £236.00 Inc.VAT

    + Book this course
  • Sale! Fostering Assessment Training (Form F) course from WillisPalmer in London

    Fostering Assessment Training (Form F)


    14th & 15th November 2019 – Holiday Inn Express, Stratford, London
    This 2-day workshop is designed for social workers new to fostering assessments as well as those looking to hone their skills in assessing foster care applicants as well as high-quality Form Fs.

    Available - book now

    Early bird offer

    £295.00 £236.00 Inc.VAT

    + Book this course