Understanding Attachment Theory  

  Understanding Child and Adolescent Development


In this module, we shall: -

  • link the process of "normal" physical, emotional, social and cognitive development within the processes of the attachment relationship.


  • examine how an insecure attachment can affect the behaviour of children, young people, and adults and how these cross-generational influences can be addressed in the counselling room.


  • explain how healthy development occurs within a relationship where there is a recognition of the importance of building a safe and compassionate place for the child's personality to develop.

  • examine the theoretical position of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth, modern theorists such as Dr Allan Schore and researchers such as Dr Suzanne Zeedyke.

  • consult the research into different attachment categories and how theory applies to varying stages of development.

  • refer to the neurophysiological evidence which supports the theory of attachment and the implication for practice, as well as adolescent brain development.

  • explain how an interrupted attachment process affects the developing child and why adolescent peer relationships are so meaningful.