What is the course about?
This course provides an introduction to the field of research, knowledge and practice concerning attachment within romantic and workplace relationships. It explains attachment-related concepts and how they can be applied to yourself to understand and improve the way you function within romantic and professional relationships.
What will we cover?
Historical context: the origin and development of attachment theory (through psychology, ethology, systems theory, psychoanalysis) as described by the leading theorists.
Explore the language of attachment theory.
Biological perspectives; how the experience of attachment shapes the brain.
Examine different styles of attachment, their causes and implications.
Attachment during different stages of the life cycle: infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, midlife, later life, death and dying.
Examine attachment issues and how to create healthy and secure attachment.
Identify your own style of attachment and how to apply your knowledge to romantic relationships to create sustaining and satisfying relationships: comparing your attachment style with others; dealing with breakups and making informed choices.
Apply attachment knowledge to workplace relationships and organizational dynamics: induction, probation, redundancy, retirement; leader-follower dynamics; relating to groups.
Explore the principles of effective communication and conflict resolution for romantic and workplace relationships.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Name two leading contributors in the development attachment theory.
List and define at least five attachment-related terms.
Identify and explain the four styles of attachment.
Describe types of behavior that can lead to secure attachment in romance and at work.
Explain the importance of considering people’s attachment styles in understanding the dynamics of romantic relationships.
Explain the importance of considering people’s attachment styles in the workplace in making leadership and team-intervention choices.
Say what you think is the most important implication for your life personally of what you have learned about the psychology of attachment.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge is needed. Proficiency in English is necessary, and a willingness to discuss and share ideas about your experience within the group. This course is designed for people who want to explore and develop their romantic and workplace relationships.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be teaching input including slides, videos and handouts; group discussion; small group activities; reading and writing activities; and use of games, debating and a fun no-pressure interactive quiz at the end of the course. Reading outside of the class is voluntary (references can be supplied for those interested in extra reading). No formal “homework” will be set, but at the end of each week a topic will be given for consideration by way of preparation for the next week’s class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Bring an exercise book and pen/pencil.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in the following courses:
PP124 Psychology of addiction
PP104 Psychology and counselling
PP114 Cross cultural psychology
PP128 Child Psychology
PP115 Psychology of Trauma.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details