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Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice

Attachment theory has been one of the most influential theories in psychology over the last century and is one of the mainstays of undergraduate psychology courses across the country. This workshop aims to reach into the depths of our undergraduate training and reinvigorate and extend our knowledge of how to apply attachment theory in our everyday practice; to inspire practitioners to use this rich psychological theory as a framework to enhance our formulations (i.e., understandings), interactions and treatment plans for our patients, clients and students of all ages. 

This course starts at the very basics of attachment theory and builds towards more advanced applications to treatment. Part of the beauty of attachment theory is both its simplicity and its complexity, and so this course is suitable for both newcomers to attachment theory as well as those with significant prior theoretical knowledge. 

Filled with vibrant animated videos, quizzes, case studies and other activities - this course has been designed to appeal to most learning styles. A CPD certificate is available upon successful completion for 8 hours.

Key Features

Key Features:

  • 8 CPD Hours 
  • Certificate upon completion
  • 100% online, on demand
  • Access to content for 3 months
  • Animated videos, text, quizzes, reflection tasks and exercises 
  • This is NOT a pre-recorded webinar!
  • Covers attachment theory, assessment & attachment focused treatment and various clinical applications.
  • Endorsed by ACA, PACFA
  • Presented by clinical psychologist, Matthew Csabonyi

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and explain what the attachment system is and identify attachment system behaviours.
  • Draw from key research to understand the bond that children have with their caregivers.
  • Understand and explain how the attachment system is developed over time.
  • Understand and explain how and why the attachment system is reactivated.
  • Understand and explain how the attachment system presents throughout the lifespan.
  • Be able to understand and explain the way that the attachment system is maintained by our experiences and beliefs.
  • Understand and explain each attachment style.
  • Identify infant, child, adolescent and adult behaviour associated with each attachment style.
  • Understand how each attachment style might present in a clinical context.​
  • Understand the ways that attachment style is assessed.
  • Understand the basic principles and aims of attachment focused treatment.
  • Understand the ways that treatment might differ in the beginning and mid-late phases of treatment.
  • Identify and understand attachment behaviours in patient presentations.
  • Respond in an attachment-informed way to various patient presentations.
  • Apply and integrate attachment theory into case formulations. 
  • Apply and integrate attachment theory and the principles of attachment focused treatment to the treatment of clinical cases.

Presenter

Matthew Csabonyi - Clinical Psychologist (he/him)

I'm a clinical psychologist (MPsych Clinical, BPsych Hons) and board approved supervisor in Melbourne, Australia. I work clinically with teenagers, adults and older adults and over the last decade have worked across public, private and education sectors and presented several in-person workshops on attachment theory and several other areas of interest. I love presenting workshops, but since COVID-19 I have been working on adapting my content for online audiences and exploring ways of making that content as interesting and varied as possible.

My formal interest in attachment theory began in 2011, although I had read a number of books on the topic several years earlier. At the time I was working with adult patients and I had a supervisor who had an expertise in the theory and I found her insights to be immensely relevant across most of my adult patients at the time. I continued to read very widely on the topic, used the theory in almost every formulation and a few short years later found myself working in an education setting that used attachment theory explicitly to underpin its model of care with young children. I also worked in the public hospital system at the time and so I began applying my knowledge to a wide variety of patient groups. Invariably I found attachment theory assisting my sensitivity and understanding of complex patients both in the early phases of treatment where building rapport is critical as well as the mid to late phases of treatment when the patient can often be challenged more explicitly towards change.

Eventually I facilitated in-person workshop presentations for a number of specialised audiences on the integration of attachment theory in various clinical settings. COVID has now provided the opportunity to deliver this training in an online format, with broader information and to a wider audience! I hope you find it both engaging and informative to your practice!

Table of Contents

Introduction
Welcome
video
Three Assumptions
Introduction
Assumption 1
video
Assumption 2
video
Assumption 3
video
Three Attachment Styles
Introduction
video
Secure Attachment
video
Avoidant Attachment
video
Anxious/Ambivalent Attachment
video
A Fourth Attachment System?
video
Attachment Treatment
Introduction
Assessment of Attachment Style
Introduction to Attachment Focused Treatment
Building a Working Alliance
video
Changing the Attachment System
Treatment Case Studies
Outro
Outro
video
Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Once purchase is completed you will have access to the course for one month. You may request an extension of another month if you have been unable to access the material. To request an extension please email ask@awarenesspsychologyclinic.com.au

What if I change my mind after purchase?

You may apply for a refund after purchasing this course for one week (7 full days) so long as you have not yet enrolled or accessed any course content. You will be refunded the total amount you paid, minus any charges incurred to us by our platform and financial support partners (typically less than $10). To apply for a refund email ask@awarenesspsychologyclinic.com.au.

Will I get a certificate for completion?

Absolutely. Upon completion you will be asked whether you would like a certificate of completion which will be sent to you via email.

How many hours will it take to complete this workshop?

This workshop will take approximately 8 hours to complete and is broken up into smaller lessons which take anywhere between 10 minutes to 60 minutes to complete.

Why should I enrol in this course? I'm used to webinars or live workshops.

This is an on-demand course which means that you can complete the content at your leisure - on a break, on the train, during a cancellation spot, etc. You can also complete this course from any of your devices. We have included a variety of media - videos, text, pictures, quizzes, reflections and case studies to appeal to many types of learning styles and to make the content as diverse and interesting as we can.

Is this course accredited for continuing education points?

Psychologists and Social Workers are able to claim 8 hours of CPD by completing this course successfully, as long as it aligns with their CPD plans. Counsellors registered with the ACA are able to claim 10 OPD points. Counsellors registered with PACFA are able to claim 8 Category B CPD points

Don't miss out on this learning opportunity!

Practitioner Participant

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Student/Registrar Participant

$160 once
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