Understanding Attachment and an Introduction to Developmental Trauma

Dr Kathryn Whyte, Clinical Psychologist

This workshop is for the children’s workforce in schools, nurseries, social work and residential care settings and provides an overview of what attachment is and why attachment security is important for children’s development. During the session we will describe the impact of different (unhealthy) parent/caregiver behaviours on babies’/children’s development and introduce the concept of developmental trauma and its relevance for the children’s workforce.

Through the course of the session we will describe the function of attachment behaviours in children, recognise the main behavioural features of secure and insecure attachment styles, understand the concept of an internal working model, appreciate the impact of developmental trauma on children’s developing brains and describe and begin to use basic strategies for supporting children who have experienced attachment disruption and developmental trauma.

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