Secure Base Behavior: The Developing Parent-Child Relationship and the Circle Of Security Protocol: A Comprehensive Model for Education and Intervention

Thursday, December 11, 2008
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Alumni House, Cambridge Avenue

This workshop will focus on the development of parent-child relationships, children’s attachments, and intervening in those attachments, during the infant, toddler, preschool, and early school years. Through the use of lecture and slides combined with extensive use of videotapes of parent-child interactions in both naturalistic settings, as well as in laboratory clinical standardized procedures, Dr. Marvin will have the opportunity to teach using extremely detailed material.  Current theory and research on parent-child relationships and attachment theory will be presented.

The instructor will review the four major patterns of child-parent attachment based on observation of interactions in the “Strange Situation. In addition, the latest research findings as they relate to high-risk developmental pathways and to intervention into those pathways will be presented. Related to this, the role of unresolved trauma in patterns of parenting young children will be examined. Dr. Marvin will provide a comprehensive introduction to the evidence-based Circle of Security (COS) intervention protocol and the data supporting its effectiveness.  Information on the variations of the COS protocol and options for building a sustainable delivery-system for the community will be elucidated.  Discussion will be encouraged as time allows. 

About the Instructor

Bob Marvin, Ph.D., trains professionals and conducts clinical research, assessments, and intervention at the Mary D. Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic at the University of Virginia.  Always fascinated with babies and young children, Bob Marvin began his work in attachment in 1964 as one of Mary Ainsworth’s undergraduate students at The Johns Hopkins University, serving as one of the home visitors in Ainsworth’s now-famous “Baltimore Study,” and assisted in running Strange Situations.  Bob has served on the faculty in the departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia since 1980.

His work has focused on studying and treating attachment and other relationship problems in families with young children. In 1991 he began working with the other creators of the Circle of Security™ (COS) Project to develop an evidence-based intervention for high-risk parents and children that is truly based on attachment theory and other research on early parent-child relationships. He has served as the Principal Investigator on two of the federally-funded studies to develop the COS protocol and is a co-investigator on the Tulane University COS project. Over the past five years, he has helped develop a number of programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia that are designed to improve Best Practices in the field of Child Welfare, especially foster care and adoption services.

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

Program Fee
Regular program fee: $125.00
Registered full-time student at Adelphi University: $60.00
Full-time faculty at Adelphi University: $80.00

Please note: You will be required to show proof of faculty or student status when checking in at the event if you register under either of those options.

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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.

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.

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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