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Common attachment patterns in deprived and abandoned orphans: How do we understand and work with them?


Competences to be exercised:
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To recognize insecure avoidant attachment behaviour in children
•  To recognize insecure ambivalent attachment behaviour in children
•  To recognize insecure disorganized attachment behaviour in children
•  To know how to meet these three attachment behaviours in a professional manner


Theme of the session:
In this training session you will exercise how to observe and recognize child behaviour reflecting early attachment problems – how orphans may sometimes develop insecure patterns of attachment. You will have suggestions for how you can work with children with insecure attachment.

Aims of the session:
Orphans and children placed outside home have very often been exposed to many early strains: perhaps premature birth and low birth weight which may affect development, a lack of secure caretaking from parents with problems in their life, and many shifts in caretakers.

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 we succeed in doing what we planned?
• What was easy to do and what was difficult?
• What did we learn from doing what was planned?
• What can we 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.