Evidence-Based Practice Project

Attachment, Trauma and The Circle of Security Intervention

Date & Time: Friday, August 11, 2017 from 8:45am - 4:00pm

Registration Link

Driving Directions to Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building

Presenter: Bob Marvin, PhD

Overview: This introductory workshop is designed for therapists, residential service staff, case managers and a range of other professionals working with children who have experienced family disruption, loss, and/or maltreatment.  Using slides, discussion, and video clips of parent-child interaction, the first half of the workshop will focus on (1) a “user-friendly” version of Attachment Theory and research; (2) developmental changes in attachment from infancy through adulthood; (3) development of self-regulation of feelings and interaction patterns; (4) the roles of resolved and unresolved trauma in children’s attachments and their caregivers’ parenting; and the often confusing distinction between Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and Disorganized Attachments. 

The second half of the workshop will focus on The Circle of SecurityÒ Intervention, which was developed through NIH-funded research and was recipient of the 2013 Bowlby-Ainsworth Award. Services are provided to families with children from birth through adolescence. Families who have benefited from this model include adoptive, foster, and kinship families, families working toward reunification, families with children who have developmental disabilities, families at-risk for out of home placement of a child, and separated parents experiencing conflict regarding custody or visitation. Video clips of caregiver-child interaction will be used to illustrate the core ideas and methods of this intervention protocol. Particular attention will be focused on strategies for: increasing caregivers’ curiosity about and empathy toward their children; joining with the parents in wondering about the child’s mysterious and often toxic behaviors; increasing the caregivers’ reflective functioning regarding how their interactions with their children play a role in maintaining –and in healing—the child’s problematic behaviors; and increasing the caregivers’ feelings of safety in becoming and remaining involved in the child’s treatment and ongoing recovery after treatment is completed. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize children’s attachment patterns across infancy, preschool, school-age, and adolescence
  • Distinguish how different patterns of caregiving lead to Secure, Anxious, and Disorganized Attachments and how they function as either resilience- or risk-factors in the development of behavior and emotional problems
  • Compare how the effects of trauma to the child or caregiver differ if that trauma is either resolved or unresolved
  • Discover how the most effective patterns of caregiving are actually a relationship-framework best shared by parents, childcare workers, teachers, therapists, and their supervisors. 
  • Examine the benefits of interventions such as the Circle of Security in helping professionals “get parents onboard” their child’s intervention program and play an active role in the child’s shift toward a healthier and more secure developmental path.

Research:

Circle of Security International provides information on research and support of the models evidence at http://www.circleofsecurity.net/research-information. The Circle of Security Network identifies the model as an APA evidenced-based practice (http://circleofsecuritynetwork.org/evidence-based.html).

Content Level: Beginning and intermediate

Target Audience: social workers, mental health therapists, and other clinicians providing mental health services to children, youth, and families who meet the NYS OMH training grant eligibility criteria

CEUs:

New York Social Workers: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

New York Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

New York Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

New York Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

New York State OASAS addictions professionals, provider #0045: pending approval

ASWB ACE Credits: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education, #1312, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/2/2015-7/2/2018. Social workers in states other than NY should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Content level is beginning and intermediate. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5.5 clinical continuing education credits.

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ebp@buffalo.edu  or by phone at 716-829-5843.

Customer Service:  We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact us at by email at sw-ebp@buffalo.edu  or by phone at 716-829-5843.

Cancellation Policy: Please notify us by email at least five business days before the scheduled training for anticipated cancellations.  All emergency cancellations must also be reported by email.  Contact us at sw-ebp@buffalo.edu

Note: Eligibility will be verified before your registration is processed.

 

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