Understanding attachment

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About this course

This course is for practitioners who want to understand more about attachment.

What does it include?

  • Key concepts
  • The phases and timing of attachment development
  • The quality of an attachment
  • The Internal Working Model
  • Developments in attachment theory
  • Attachment and the Solihull Approach
  • Introduction to epigenetics

How does it relate to the Solihull Approach model?

For those who have completed the Solihull Approach 2 Day Foundation course it will enable extra layers of depth, helping both ways: increasing understanding of the model and its applications as well as showing how containment and reciprocity underpin the quality of an attachment.

This is a Solihull Approach Advanced training. This course will contribute to Solihull Advanced Trained Practitioner status.

For those who do not know about the Solihull Approach model there is a brief introduction in this module and containment and reciprocity are mentioned throughout the course. To make best use of all elements of the Course it is an advantage to have completed the Solihull Approach 2 Day Foundation training. Your local area may put on the Solihull Approach 2 Day Foundation training or there are regular trainings in Solihull, West Midlands.

How long does the course take?

This course is not as long as a 30 credit Open University course, but neither is it as short as an online half hour mandatory fire training course. If you did it all at once, which we don’t recommend, it might take you at least four hours. We don’t recommend doing this course in one go, because the advantage of doing a course online is that you have time inbetween Modules or Units to process your learning and to see it in the world.

This online course covers the same material as the face to face Solihull Approach Advanced training on attachment. The advantage of the face to face course is that you can discuss issues with other people and share examples. It is also easier to complete, because you have booked out the day in your diary. The advantage of the online is that you can stop and think at your own pace and look things up if you want to.

What does it cost?


Do I get a certificate and does it contribute to Solihull Approach Advanced Trained Practitioner status?

Yes and yes. To attain Advanced Trained Practitioner status, just send us a copy of your certificate together with certificates from two other Solihull Approach Advanced Trainings.

Developments in attachment theory


Every kind of learning is most rapid before the 4th birthday. 


Looking at the pink line on the slide, representing emotional control, this is pretty much established by the 3rd birthday. Those everyday experiences of emotional regulation that the 1 and 2 year olds are experiencing have far more impact than we realised.


So this would be a tidy end to the tale: attachment patterns get set up in the first few years of life and we now understand that the brains responsiveness to learning about relationships decreases around the age of 3 years, which explains the longevity of attachment patterns. 


Well, not exactly. The windows reopen during adolescence, which is why teenagers can, at times be so like toddlers. Their brains are in a similar state of rapid development and disorganisation.  Also a body of research has accumulated to show that whilst attachment patterns have some stability across the life span, it’s not as high as Bowlby and Ainsworth’s work might suggest.


9 Units


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