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An Overview of Attachment for Clinical Practice

Wednesday April 9, 2008
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Ruth S. Harley UC, Room 201

The concept of emotional attachment for infants has been recognized anecdotally for hundreds of years. In 1958 John Bowlby published the historic paper “The Nature of a Child’s Tie to his Mother,” which revolutionized the conceptualization of attachment theory as we know it.

In this workshop the historical development of attachment theory will be presented and the key influences on Bowlby’s thinking will be described. Through the use of lecture, discussion, case presentations, and DVD’s of both mother-infant dyads and the “Strange Situation,” participants will become familiar with the basic tenets of attachment theory as well as the influential research of Mary Ainsworth on individual differences in attachment patterns of infants. Key to a full understanding of the development of attachment within the context of relationships is also the understanding of adult attachment, including individual differences in adult attachment patterns. Two means of measuring these patterns The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) and self report questionnaires will be explained and examined.

Finally, this workshop will focus on attachment theory as a framework for clinical assessment and intervention as well as the clinical implications of attachment theory and research for work with infant-mother dyads, as well as adults and couples.

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Morris N. Eagle, Psy.D.
noted clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst is a clinical/emeritus professor of psychology at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. Throughout his distinguished career Dr. Eagle has been involved in researching, teaching, and examining the clinical implications of attachment theory and its application. He is a co-founder of the New York Attachment Consortium and former president of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. He has published numerous journal articles and chapters on attachment research and theory, including the clinical implications of attachment theory. His seminars and workshops on attachment have been given at Adelphi University, Fielding Institute, and the New York University School of Social Work.

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Who Should Attend
Early childhood educators, child care providers, pediatricians, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, psychologists, speech pathologists, obstetricians, family therapists, school counselors, child life specialists, educators and students, and others who professionally impact the lives of families and children.

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Credentialing Information and Continuing Education
This program will offer 6 units of Continuing Education Credits or the equivalent. Click here for more information.



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Should you require disability accommodations, please email the Office of Disability Support Services at dss@adelphi.edu, giving notice of 72 hours before the event. Should you require ASL interpreting, 7 days notice is required.

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For additional information about this program, please contact:

Marcy Safyer, LCSW-R
Linen Hall, Room 11
p - 516.877.3060
e - msafyer@adelphi.edu

The Institute for Parenting
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512
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