Attachment based practice with adults

27/03/2023 14:00 - 15:00

Attachment theory is used in social workers’ practice with children as a framework to understand how their early experiences influence their strategies for self-protection and comfort. However, it also has relevance to support practice with adults. Understanding adult attachment can help professionals improve relationships with people in stress, crisis or behaving in ways that put themselves or others at risk. This knowledge can help provide a secure base in the professional relationship and improve outcomes for adults across their lifespan.

Attend this session to:

  • Understand: What is adult attachment theory?
  • Learn how adult attachment patterns can present in different ways and the implications this has for the professional helping relationship
  • Take away some practical strategies to apply in practice

Claire Mcdermid, social worker, approved mental health professional and team manager Essex Social Care Academy (Adults), Essex County Council