What is the course about?
The course examines attachment styles and their impact on the therapeutic relationship for clients and counsellors. Identify the main characteristics of different attachment styles and how they manifest in the counselling process. Course participants will be encouraged to explore their personal attachment style, how it arose and the impact on their clients using a range of measures. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of developing a learned secure attachment style for both client and practitioner.
What will we cover?
Attachment theory, in particular Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth
The role of attachment across the lifespan
The range of attachment styles
The range of measures to identify attachment style in both clients and counsellors
How client and practitioner attachment style interact to aid or hinder the therapeutic relationships
The importance of developing a learned secure attachment style in both client and counsellor.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Describe two aspects of the role of attachment across the lifespan
Name the main theories of attachment such as Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth
Identify two attachment styles
Describe two aspects of their own attachment style
Explain one characteristic of a secure attachment style.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at counsellors, therapists, other helping professionals and trainees. It is not for those seeking help for the course topic.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Presentation, experiential learning, small group work and class discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. Notepad and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
PP126 - Psychology of Attachment
PT513 Working with Shame
PT569 - Working therapeutically with masks
PT556 - Working with two chairs
PT542 - Ways into working with couples.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details