Attachment Security: Developmental Effects and Effective Intervention - B4255


About Course #B4255

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.

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.

Social Workers will receive 4 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course. Accreditation

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

Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

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

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.

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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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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