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Attachment Theory

Understand the basics of the parent-infant relationship and the importance, process and impact of attachment in a child's early development.


Kidlington, Oxford



We have all been babies.  When working with parents and young children we are likely to find ourselves thinking about our babyhood experience: both our experience of being parented and, if we are parents, our experience of parenting others.  An understanding of attachment patterns can help deepen our capacity to make sense of the clients we work with: where they come from, why they relate to their children as they do, what it is that prevents them from affecting change in their lives.  Understanding attachment, therefore – getting to grips with the basics of the parent-baby relationship - is an essential foundation for anyone working with parents and young children.  



This is a one-day training aimed at social workers, early years professionals, and mental health professionals who want to understand about attachment and how to apply attachment theory within their work setting. It will support professionals to reflect on the attachment styles of their clients and how this impacts on their babies, and also their own attachment style and how this affects their relationships with clients. This one-day course is a pre-requisite for the Assessing Parent-Infant Relationships training, the Watch Wait and Wonder training, and the Supervised Contact training.


All OXPIP training is APPCIOS endorsed and contributes towards APPCIOS accreditation.


Learning outcomes at the end of the attachment training:

Participants will

  • understand the importance of attachment in a child’s early development
  • be able to describe the attachment process and the impact on brain development
  • be able to recognise different attachment styles
  • be able to recognise his/her own attachment style and how that affects his/her responses to particular families
  • recognise the inter-subjectivity of all relationships, and how the behaviour and mental state of one partner impacts on the behaviour and mental state of the other


"The course presented attachment theory in a way that could be widely applied in the context of real life complexities and circumstances, whereas previously I have found attachment theory to be very rigidly taught. The day really clarified my understanding of attachment and consolidated my knowledge and I now feel very confident in teaching/presenting/facilitating learning around attachment with the parents I work with." - Course Participant


To register your interest in this training and be notified when a date is set, please  or call us on 01865 778034.

All information taken for bookings will only be used to inform the course and to contact you with course details.   

Please note, as of 1st April 2020 our costings have been revised. 

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