This On Demand course and will be available after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.
All course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until February 24, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Registration will close on February 10, 2022.
The science of relationship currently exists in fragmented bits and pieces all over the empirical map: biology, sociology, embryology, ethology, epigenetics, neuroscience, psychology, medicine, psychology, and so on. The irony is that we have never known more about the relational context required for parenting, teaching and treatment, and yet this knowledge is failing to inform our everyday practice and policy. According to Neufeld, this failure of implementation may stem from the current lack of theoretical coherence as well as the esoteric language typical to these fields of inquiry. Neufeld’s unique contribution is to put the puzzle pieces together to create a coherent model of attachment, using language that is accessible to all. His theoretical giftedness has been well-grounded in professional practice and well-rounded from a lifetime of teaching.
Neufeld’s model of attachment is based not only on a solid knowledge of spontaneous developmental processes but also upon current understandings of instinct and emotion gleaned from brain science. It offers a refreshing alternative to more restricted typology models of attachment as well as to the prevailing non-attachment models of learning and disorder. Many have found that his comprehensive model of attachment will resonate with their intuition as well as generate both insight and guidance for intervention.
Models of human behaviour are evaluated not only upon a lack of conflicting evidence, but also upon their power to explain and predict, and the clarity of implications for practice. This model has received high praise on all accounts. The implications for implementation are certainly clear and in many cases surprisingly opposite to current practice. In addition, this model of attachment sheds light on various dynamics and phenomena that have puzzled experts for years.
Dr Neufeld is a lively and engaging speaker (even on screen), receiving endorsements by professionals and parents alike for his ability to make sense of complex issues.
This six-hour course is divided into four sessions of approximately 1.5 hours each.
Session 1 – The WORK of Attachment
There is no way of truly making sense of attachment – and what can go wrong – without having a sense of its purpose in our lives. In this session we uncover the foundational role of attachment in survival, in caring, in stress and in the spontaneous unfolding of human potential. We also look to how attachment does its work, via instinct and emotion, identifying the primal instincts and emotions involved. Among the topics discussed are the nature of the essential threat in stress and the makings of a perfect psychological storm. The separation complex is introduced as a syndrome that underlies most troubling problems in childhood and adulthood.
Session 2 – The NATURE of Attachment
There are three basic properties of attachment that must be understood to truly make sense of human behaviour: its developmental nature, its hierarchical nature, and its polarized nature. When the focus is on early experience and attachment types, these fundamental attributes are often overlooked. In this session Dr. Neufeld will present his six roots of attachment – a developmental model that is extremely helpful when working with children. He will also shed light on the archetypal attachment dance of alpha and dependence as well as the dynamics of shyness and defensive detachment.
Session 3 – The POWER of Attachment
Attachment is the most powerful force in the universe. This is obvious when thinking of the physical forces of attachment: gravity, fusion and magnetism. This is less obvious when invisible in human relationships, but no less true, for better or for worse. Attachment has the power to wound but also to heal; to block learning and influence as well as to facilitate it; to empower adults or to render them relatively impotent. The challenge is to harness the power of attachment in benevolent way in order to fulfill our responsibilities as teachers, therapists, caregivers, parents and grandparents.
Session 4 – The INSTRUMENTS of Attachment
A viable model of attachment should not only provide insight into ourselves and others, but also have clear implications for implementation and practice. In this session we discuss three effective instruments of attachment that can be used in any setting or venue, regardless of the attachment history of the person one is working with. We will also discuss the special challenges involved in dealing with resistance to attachment or where troubling syndromes exist.
Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.
Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.
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