Understanding attachment

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About this course

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

Welcome, instructions and introduction

Just a reminder that this course is not like your 30 minute mandatory training! It has the same content as the one day seminar on Understanding attachment. It probably won’t take you a day, but it will take a few hours. The advantage of an online course is that you can do it in chunks, with processing time inbetween. The disadvantage is that you can’t process the information with colleagues, linking theory to practice. So to try and help with this we have 3 virtual colleagues who will offer their thoughts and between some of the Modules there is some ‘homework’ or offline activity.

Like with any of the Solihull Approach courses, which are all about relationships and us as human beings, you may find yourself thinking about attachment in relation to yourself or your family. You may want to talk to someone about it, to share your thoughts.

We don’t choose our own attachment patterns as children, but as adults we can reflect on what we learn and use that information to gain an understanding of why we are who we are and how we relate to others. And attachment styles can change.   

6 Units

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


John Doe
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