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Attachment in practice - Part I: Attachment theory, past and present controversy and understanding

08 July 2019 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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This Part 1 workshop (and Part 2 workshop on 9 July 2019) will give attendees both the foundational knowledge as well as a more detailed outline of everyday clinical practice of attachment.

FULLY BOOKED. Contact [email protected] to join the waiting list.

Attachment theory proposes that the child's need to be loved and nurtured is fundamental to their ability to feel safe in the world which allows them the emotional resilience to explore their world, achieving long-term physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

It is often difficult to match this theoretical knowledge of attachment to practice in busy services, who are frequently met with many financial and other resource issues.

The two workshops will help consolidate the theoretical knowledge with practice guidelines, as well as create a space to consider the practical implications in clinical and other settings.

Participants can attend either Part 1 or Part 2 or both.

This Part 1 workshop will provide a basic introduction to theory of attachment from a child developmental perspective and consider how it has evolved.

There will be some reflection on the theory as it was first proposed and current theoretical thinking & controversies. 

There will also be some consideration of attachment may form part of a broader understanding of developmental trauma, its causes and complexities.

Target audience

Both Part 1 and Part 2 workshops are presented from the clinical perspective of child and family practitioners but would be suitable for all psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers & other education colleagues, counsellors, therapists, emotional well-being nurses, looked after children’s nurses, fostering and adoption workers, mental health workers and social workers with an interest in the topic area.

Part 1 will consider foundational attachment knowledge, linking in to more recent theoretical themes, whereas Part 2 is aimed at those clinicians who require a more detailed knowledge of everyday practice issues.


Participants may find it helpful to read ‘Attachment across the Lifecourse’ (Howe 2011) prior to attending.

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop further knowledge and understanding about attachment theory,
  2. Consider current theoretical thinking on the topic in the context of child development & developmental trauma


09:30-10:00 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch (provided)
16:30 Workshop ends

Facilitator:  Dr Mariëtte Henning-Pugh CPsychol

Dr Mariëtte Henning-Pugh is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience of working with children and young people and their families with a wide range of attachment difficulties and trauma presentations across multiple settings.

Currently Dr Henning-Pugh works across two NHS Trusts, and in private practice, with children and families on the edge of care and where children have been adopted or placed in foster or kinship care.

Non-Members £245.00 (£204.17 + VAT)
Society Members £153.00 (£127.50 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close at midday on 5 July 2019.   

To register for the workshop you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button.

When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

Terms and conditions apply.

For further information please contact [email protected]


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