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Page 1/10 How to understand and improve insecure attachment behaviour

How to recognise insecure attachment behaviour

Competences to be exercised:

  • 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 recognize child behaviour reflecting early attachment problems – how children in care often have insecure patterns of attachment because of earlier separations. 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 you succeed in doing what you planned?
What was easy to do and what was difficult?
What did you learn from doing what you planned?
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.