Parental CARE: Implications for Attachment Security and Disorders

Parental CARE: Implications for Attachment Security and Disorders

A webinar with Colby Pearce

Saturday 20 May 2017, 10.00am – 1.00pm, London, UK time

 In the same way that an infant’s attachments develop in association with their experience of who cares for them, the type of attachment relationship or attachment style is dependent on the type of care they receive.  At this practical and engaging webinar, we carefully examine the inextricable linkages between quality of caregiving and developmental pathways for both attachment security and attachment disorders. Colby Pearce helps us conceptualize these linkages by using a descriptive model that refers to the consistency, accessibility, responsiveness and emotional connectedness (CARE) of caregiving experiences and explains how each of these aspects impact not just developmental pathways, self-conceptualization, social relatedness and adversity resilience; but also aid our understanding of the two main forms of attachment disorders according to DSM-5: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED).

Through case vignettes and interactive discussions, the webinar helps us comprehend:

  • how deficits in the CARE model can explain the development of attachment disorders
  • why we observe compulsive re-enactment of maladaptive interactions when care arrangements change
  • in therapeutic settings, how we can interpret the exhibition of controlling, manipulative and / or deceptive and deceitful behaviours
  • the situations where caregivers can experience feelings of revulsion and loathing towards the attachment-disordered careseeker
  • when grossly deficient CARE may be the best explanation for disturbed presentations (RAD and DSED)
  • how the tenets of CARE can be built into our therapeutic engagements

The webinar will be especially useful for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors who are interested in learning how to integrate specific attachment-related interventions in their work with clients.

Colby Pearce is an Australian Clinical Psychologist, author and consultant. Across a career spanning more than twenty-five years he has made important contributions to professional endeavours in the fields of child and adolescent mental health research, child protection and therapeutic child care. He is the author of two books and a number of periodical articles, though he considers that the recently-released second edition of A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) should count as a third book; such is the extent to which the first edition has been revised and updated. He consults in Australia and in Ireland and has extensive experience in teaching and training professional audiences. He is the author of the Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care, which is currently being implemented in Donegal, Ireland, as part of a three-year programme of support for foster carers.

 Webinar Schedule:

9.45am: Online Registration

10.00am: Session 1: Parental CARE, Attachment Security and Attachment Disorders

  • The basic tenets of the CARE model
    • Developmental pathway implications
  • What do Attachment Disorders look like?
    • CARE and Attachment
    • CARE and Arousal
    • CARE and Learning

 11:30am: Break

 11:45am: Session 2: Enriched CARE for better outcomes

  • Maladjustment and the role of promoting Attachment Security
  • Holding appropriate developmental expectations
  • Proactive needs provision
  • The prerequisites for Attachment Oriented Therapy
  • Illustrative case examples and discussion

 1:00pm: Close

To register, visit:

About colbypearce

I am a practising Clinical Psychologist with twenty-seven years’ experience working with children and young people recovering from abuse and neglect. I am also an author and educator in trauma-informed, therapeutic caregiving. My programs are implemented in Australia and Ireland, and I am well-known for my practical and accessible guidance for caregivers and professionals alike.
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