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Attachment in Theory and Practice

Holiday Inn Express, 196 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 2NE


14th August 2020 – Holiday Inn Express, Stratford.

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 Information:

Attachment in Theory and Practice

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 day will cover the basic theory of attachment and will look at the ideas and theories that predated Bowlby’s work to place both him and attachment theory into 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.  In particular, we will look at how attachment style can be identified through interviewing and how the relationship between attachment and parenting style can be seen in observation and categorised in terms of discrete aspects of parental behaviour. The course will also consider some other important aspects of attachment such as theory of mind.

We will also challenge some myths about attachment, particularly the idea that only secure attachment is good and that all else is bad.

Although most of the day is taught, there will be discussion, some tiny role-plays and some video material as well as a quiz or two if time permits.

Course Details

The day will begin at 9.30 a.m. for registration and tea/coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, the course will end at approximately 4.30 p.m.

A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements when booking places on this course.

Your Trainer

Terrence 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.

Details Price Qty
Per Attendee (Early bird) £120.00 (GBP)*  
Per Attendee £150.00 (GBP)*   Goes On Sale

* price includes taxes


Holiday Inn Express

196 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 2NE

The Holiday Inn Express – Stratford is situated in the heart of East London, site of the Queen Elizabeth Park and just outside the congestion zone. Stratford has excellent transport links and the hotel is located only a short walk from the comprehensive London transport system, the Stratford rail and bus terminal, Javelin Train to St. Pancras in 7 minutes and the Channel Tunnel rail link. The heart of the City of London is only 10 minutes away.


Station Name: Stratford Regional & International. Distance: 0.3 MI/0.48 KM WEST to Hotel. Taxi Charge (one way): £5.00

Walking from Stratford station

Inside the station follow the signs for the exit to Stratford town centre. Once you’re outside, turn right and follow the High Street down until you see the Holiday Inn Express on your right.

Car Parking

The nearest car park is Stratford multi-storey car park, which is accessed from Great Eastern Road. The entrance is easy to miss so keep an eye out for Service Route 1 on your right hand side, and once you’ve left the Great Eastern Road turn left to enter the car park via the ramp.

There is alternative parking at Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and Morrisons supermarket on The Grove.

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