Attachment and Trauma Theory
Supported learning for teaching professionals
Flexible self-paced learning
Flexible licensing options
About attachment and trauma
Many factors can lead to attachment and trauma difficulties, such as social neglect or deprivation, repeated changes of primary caregivers, living in areas of social and economic deprivation, trauma experienced as a result of conflict or by refugees, and the early experiences of adopted children continuing to affect their lives.
Students with attachment and trauma difficulties may:
It's given me the tools, resources and language to communicate this theory with educators, something I didn't feel confident in doing before.
Primary Welfare officer
- have difficulties forming strong attachments and relationships
- display a consistent pattern of withdrawn behaviour towards caregivers
- have episodes of unexplained irritability sadness or fearfulness in non-threatening interactions
- display reduced reticence in approaching and interacting with unfamiliar adults
- be overly familiar in ways that are not culturally acceptable or age appropriate
- be prone to either lashing out, or running away and withdrawing from social situations
Given me a deeper understanding of the impact of trauma and how the attachment theories are linked and I definitely can identify this in a specific child.
Specialist School Teacher
Who is the course for?
Our Attachment and Trauma Theory course is perfect for those who work in schools and specialist settings, such as teachers, learning and support teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders. The target age range is compulsory education, although the course may also benefit education professionals in pre-school and kindergarten settings.
Why join the course?
Participants’ pre and post-course evaluations demonstrate significantly increased confidence in identifying, assessing and supporting students with attachment issues.
How would you rate your current skills in planning and implementing interventions for students with attachment issues?
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As of December 2019
This course looks at the impact attachment and trauma difficulties can have on a student’s life. It shows how you can make your classroom and practice more inclusive for these students and offers practical assessment ideals and intervention strategies.
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I understand the different attachment styles and understand why children may present in certain ways. I have also learnt how to implement specific strategies that will benefit these children.
This course draws on the work and attachment-informed practice of Yarra Me School in Melbourne, and builds on the model of attachment training and research carried out by Bath Spa University.
Learn about the origins of attachment theory. Explore the four styles of attachment and their characteristics.
Assessment for Learning
Learn the definitions of the different types of attachment disorder. Explore related and co-occurring difficulties, and the impact on learning in the classroom. Create three student focused SMART goals to start putting your learning into practice in the classroom.
Explore a range of adjustments for working with each type of attachment style and the process of personalising learning. Be aware of your own reactions to challenging behaviour and how to respond to challenging incidents. Understand the importance of a whole school approach to supporting students with different attachment styles, and attachment disorders.
View real video examples that illustrate the needs of the individual, the interventions implemented and their resulting progress.
What you will learn
On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- outline the concept of attachment theory
- describe the different attachment styles
- explain why attachment is an important concept and what the theory enables us to do
- outline the criteria for attachment disorders and their characteristics
- describe related and co-occurring difficulties
- outline the impact of attachment difficulties on learning
- explain the idea of the school as a secure base
- implement strategies for working with each type of attachment style and understand the power of relationships
- reflect on their own reactions to challenging behaviour and understand how to respond to challenging incidents
- explain the importance of a whole school approach to supporting students with different attachment styles, and attachment disorders
- set SMART goals and implement strategies to improve outcomes