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How to identify and understand 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 patterns 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 children may sometimes develop insecure patterns of attachment. You will get suggestions to how you can work with children and youth who have insecure attachment strategies.


Aims of the session:
Children and teenagers placed outside home have very often been exposed to many early strains: premature birth and low birth weight, which may affect development, a lack of secure care from parents with problems in their lives, and many shifts in caregivers.

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.