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  • Psychology
  • Social Work
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Anita R. Kiessling-Caver, MSW, QCSW, LCSW, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Simone Lambert, PhD
Item#: B4255
Contents: 1 Course Book (68 pages)

Attachment Security: Developmental Effects and Effective Intervention

Price $34.95
Item # B4255
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: September 27, 2017

Expiration Date: September 27, 2020

Current research reveals that in addition to the traditional mother-child dyad, infants also attach to other consistent caregivers (i.e., fathers, both parents, foster parents, nannies). The effects of positive development due to secure attachment are widely known and accepted. It is only within the past decade that researchers have turned their attention to understanding insecure attachment and its prevalence across cultures.  As researchers begin to understand the potential outcomes of insecure attachment over time, professionals in human services and mental health must gain conceptual understanding of the multiple dimensions of attachment and implement effective strategies that are targeted to the specific problems and issues that are present in clients with attachment-related concerns. This intermediate-level course begins by reviewing early research and the identification of attachment styles.  The basic components of attachment theory are explained while also noting potential racial and cultural biases in the theory and research literature. The effects of insecure attachments and parenting style across developmental domains are discussed. Case studies provide opportunities for clinical application of attachment theory,including how a parent’s own attachment security can influence that of their children and family system. This course provides information on the effects of attachment types on relationships, communication, the development of mental health related concerns, and personality disorders. This course focuses on childhood attachment, but also how the impact of an insecure attachment can last into adulthood. 

  • Social Workers will receive 4 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course. Accreditation
  • Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

New Jersey Social Workers - This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1865 from 05/03/2018 to 05/03/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 4

Course Objectives

  • Describe theoretical underpinnings and early research for attachment theory.
  • Identify effects of attachment security on each developmental domain.
  • Explain the effects of parenting style on attachment security.
  • Identify the environmental influences on attachment.
  • Recognize the effects of insecure attachment in adulthood.
  • Describe the best therapeutic strategies for counseling individuals with insecure attachment-related issues.


Anita R. Kiessling-Caver, MSW, QCSW, LCSW, PhD, has worked in a variety of clinical settings. Her practice of 20 years has included individual and family therapy and the design and implementation of clinical programs in outpatient and residen­tial settings. She also has experience as an adjunct professor of social work. Dr. Kiessling-Caver’s clinical work has primarily focused on antisocial and borderline personality disorders. She also has experience with anxiety disorders, adult violence, sub­stance abuse, and trauma recovery. Her advocacy efforts include work to reduce the effects of poverty on children and increasing the awareness of the impact of early neglect on human development. Dr. Kiessling-Caver is a licensed clinical social worker in Missouri, where she is also recognized as a qualified clinical social worker. She is also a licensed graduate social worker in Minnesota. She earned a PhD in clinical social work from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Her research interest and practice expertise is in the area of attachment security, including the developmental and long-term effects of insecure attachment on adult behaviors and cognition. She is also involved with the development of strategic programming aimed at reducing the developmental effects of insecure attachment by targeting insecurely attached parents. She is currently president of a nonprofit agency, Kiessling and Associates, in Columbia, Missouri.


Simone Lambert, PhD, is a core counseling faculty member at the University of Phoenix and has been a counselor educator since graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2001. She is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor, serving as a counselor and supervisor over the past two decades. Dr. Lambert has been elected to serve as president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) for the 2018-2019 term. She is a past president of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC), a division of the ACA. Her most recent professional leadership includes her role as the IAAOC representative to the American Counseling Association Governing Council. Dr. Lambert was the recipient of the 2010 IAAOC Addictions/Offender Educator Excellence Award. Her research interests include addiction prevention; counselor wellness; chronic illness; sensory processing disorder; and issues related to children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Lambert has published numerous book chapters and articles, primarily focused on issues related to mental health, addiction, youth, and families.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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