Attachment and Relationship-based Practice

David and Yvonne Shemmings

Contemporary attachment theory is - fundamentally - concerned with the importance of close human relationships; we know from decades of research how important attachment is for mental health and well-being, for child development, for many adult relationships and for parenting as well.

Good professional practice is also about human relationships. Thus, contemporary attachment theory has much to offer as a framework not only for understanding but for helping and supporting.

The Attachment and Relationship-based Practice programme aims to provide child protection professionals with a thorough understanding of key attachment-related concepts including mentalization, unresolved loss and trauma and disconnected parenting, as well as the skills to help and support families effectively.

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