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Below are the descriptions of the three courses available in Kitchener.
Each description contains a 'register online' link. Click there and it will take you directly to the Kitchener registration process. You will reach their Social Work Faculty page with a list of all the courses they offer-the three Attachment related workshops and their enrol buttons are in this list.

#1 Attachment in Adolescence: The Wonky Brain that Allows for Change

  • Dates: May 3 and 4, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $275
  • Instructor: Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW
  • Location: 120 Duke Street West, Kitchener
  • Hours: 12
  • Register: online

The latest research and understanding of the adolescent brain indicates that adolescence is an opportune time to help adolescents with insecure attachments make significant progress in developing secure attachments. Although by adolescence attachment styles are imbedded in personality and the brain, changes in the brains of adolescents allow for the adolescent to become cognizant of their attachment styles and the impact on their relationships. They are able to examine their relationships with parents, to reflect on their patterns in relationships with peers and other adults, to leave behind the harmful patterns of relating they learned from their families and to risk creating new patterns in their relationships.

This workshop will explore attachment in adolescents and examine the categories of attachment as they develop in adolescence. The workshop will present the latest information on brain development in adolescence and its implications for adolescent therapy. A model of treatment will be presented that focuses on helping adolescents have awareness of their early history and its influence on their present sense of self and patterns in relationships. The relationship with the therapist is the crucial vehicle for change. The model will incorporate helping the adolescent make changes in their present relationships so that they can enter adulthood with the capacity for secure adult attachments.

Learning Objectives
The workshop will include:

  • Brief review of attachment theory.
  • Categories of child attachment.
  • Attachment in adolescence.
  • The adolescent brain.
  • Model of treating the insecure adolescent.
  • Role of the therapist and understanding his/her own attachment.
This workshop can be taken as an elective in the Child & Youth Mental Health Certificate program.

#2 Re-capturing Attachment and Family Connections

  • Dates: Feb. 13 and 14, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $275
  • Instructor: Kate Ross-Rudow, MSW, RSW
  • Location: 120 Duke Street West, Kitchener
  • Hours: 12
  • Register: online

Many families in today’s technological-oriented society are concerned about losing the connection with their youth to "screens", including social media, video and computer games as well as additional influences, including peers. In addition, family’s face challenges with developmental or life transitions, immigration, stress, loss or trauma, where attempts to manage may result in attachment wounds or a sense of disconnect. Family conflicts, decreased communication, unsuccessful problem-solving or emotional distancing may pre-dominate.

This competence, strength-based workshop will explore useful theoretical frameworks in understanding the attachment relationship with children, youth and their families as well as the practical application of engagement approaches to increase connections among members.. Ideas will be shared through the use of didactic presentation, video, group discussion, case examples and practice exercises.

Learning Objectives
Together we will explore:

  • The nature and role of attachment in the context of the family.
  • The youth’s working models of attachment relationships, how they seek proximity and closeness from parents or caregivers, and indicators of a strong attachment relationship.
  • Contributing factors that may impact connections among family members, including today’s broader cultural or systemic influences.
  • Therapist’s own reflexivity related to attachment conversations.
  • Theoretical frameworks and models identifying themes related to emotional security, dependency versus autonomy, how relationships are experienced and expressed, underlying emotions related to attachment wounds, and addressing "stuck" interactional patterns.
  • The practical application of theory to increase youth and parent positive bonding, as well as the re-engagement of family connecting rituals.
  • This workshop can be taken as an elective in the Child & Youth Mental Health Certificate program.

#3 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Study Day

  • Date: April 13, 2018 from 9AM - 3:30PM (registration at 8:30AM)
  • Cost: $75 including lunch
  • Location: George Hull Centre for Children and Families, 81 The East Mall, 3rd floor, Toronto, ON
  • Registration: Call 866-347-0041 or email

This study day is for those interested in learning more about Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP, Dan Hughes’ Attachment Focused Therapy Model) as well as an opportunity for people trained in DDP model to refresh their skills. Come learn how DDP can be effective with families who have experienced great stresses and relationship trauma.

Join us as we have presentations and engage in conversations and practice PACE. Attendees are encouraged to come with related questions about using the model in their practice.

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