Attachment Theory: A Helpful Framework for Understanding and Intervening with Placed At-Risk Children and Families

ID: 5653WEB

Former title: Attachment Theory: A Helpful Framework for Understanding and Intervening with At-Risk Children & Families. Secure attachment has been found to be associated with better social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of children. Maternal sensitivity is thought to be a major contributor to the development of a secure attachment. This webinar will provide participants with an introduction to attachment theory and its relevance to clinical practice with at risk children and their families. Important contributors to attachment theory, as well as their research will be reviewed, including John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth, and Harry Harlow. More recent research on attachment and neurobiology, particularly by Alan Schore will be discussed. Participants will learn about the importance of sensitivity in fostering a healthy parent-child relationship, thereby laying the foundation for future mental health. Participants will learn to evaluate parent-child interactions within the context of sensitivity, and will learn strategies to improve parental sensitivity. Cultural issues and their impact on parenting and sensitivity, as well as implications for the therapist-client relationship will also be discussed. [Required for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Certificate Program]

Fee: $60.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 3.0 Clinical

Instructor: Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Date: Friday, July 12, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar

Webinar Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define a framework, discuss different frameworks, and explain why we utilize practice & conceptual frameworks
  • Define attachment and describe attachment theory and different attachment styles
  • Describe modern attachment and differentiate between classical and modern attachment behaviors
  • Examine and discuss risk factors that promote insecure attachments
  • Explore and explain the need for culturally sensitive and diverse ways to support early relational health between parents/caregivers and children and utilize an interpersonal approach to promote healthy attachments

    Webinar Outline

    10:00 am Welcome/Introductions/Ground Rules
    10:15 am Overview – What is a framework, and why do we utilize conceptual, theoretical, and practice frameworks; relational and interpersonal approach (Mini-lecture)
    10:30 am Discussion on the need for early relational healthy and what you know about attachment theory (Interactive conversation)
    10:40 am Review and define key components of attachment theory (Mini-lecture, interactive discussion, and video)
    11:00 am Identification and discussion of risk factors that promote insecure attachment (Mini-lecture and interactive discussion)
    11:20 am Expanding perspective on the view of parenting and making connections to trauma, need for early relational health, and factoring in cultural sensitivity (Mini-lecture, interactive discussion, audio, and video)
    11:50 am Discussion on modern attachment theory and key concepts (Mini-lecture, interactive discussion, and video)
    12:20 pm Examine and demonstrate utilizing attachment theory and interpersonal approach in promoting healthy attachment between parents/caregivers and children through a case study and participant experiences
    12:45 pm Conclusion/Q&A

    Target Audience

    Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals

    Content Level

    Beginner - Intermediate

    Webinar Completion Requirements

    To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

    System Requirements

    • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
    • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

    About the Instructor

    Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, MSW, LCSW

    Dr. Hubbard is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers University School of Social Work (RUSSW). Recipient of RUSSW 2023 & 2022 Outstanding Professor in Clinical Specialization Award and 2021 National Teaching Leadership Award in Higher Education by JV Educational Consultants. She is a licensed clinical license social worker with over 19 years of experience in child welfare, advocacy, case management, and clinical practice. Dr. Hubbard is a trained family therapist and consultant trainer with a small private practice and consulting firm. She is also a past NASW, NJ Chapter president, an alumna of CSWE Doctoral Minority Fellowship, and an active Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. member. She serves on a variety of advisory boards, committees, and councils. She is pursuing her 2nd doctorate, a Ph.D. in family science and human development, at Montclair State University.

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