Attachment Security: Developmental Effects and Effective Intervention - C6506


About Course #C6506

Release Date: September 27, 2017

Expiration Date: September 27, 2022

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.

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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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