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Understanding Basic Attachment Theory: Your Platform for Professional Practices


Competences to be exercised:

  • The skill of practising professional attachment behaviour.
  • Knowledge of the dimensions: “Secure Base seeking” and “Exploration”, and how to support and encourage these two functions in babies and young children.
  • Understand the dimensions of Secure Base Caregiver Behaviour.   NB: Training Session 4 is the basic theory knowledge everybody should learn and know by heart.

Theme of the session: In this session you are going to work with the importance of attachment theory for young children, and how your understanding affects the way you work in the rest of the sessions:

  • Daily contact and activities.   Working with relations, etc. You will learn about Attachment Behaviour, Secure Base Caregiver Behaviour and Exploration Behaviour.

 

Aims of the session:

  • The main goal of this session is to understand the importance of Basic Attachment Theory in order to improve caregiver practice and secure children’s development.
  • Children without stable parents are highly exposed to changes in terms of shifts among caregivers and replacements which might provoke later attachment disorder. The child’s social and emotional development is very much depending on your understanding of how important the caregiver attachment behaviour is. In the following sessions you will work with the development of good practice.

Please use 15 minutes (or as much time as needed) for summing up what you worked with between the last session and this one:

•  Did you succeed in doing what you planned?
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What was easy to do and what was difficult?
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What did you learn from doing what you planned?
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What can you do better next time you work between sessions?

Please remember: It is okay if you experienced problems – this is a new way of working, and it takes some exercise and experimenting before it becomes routine.