Instructor: Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW
Location: The Festival Inn, 144 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Early Bird Cost: $349 +HST (=$394.37) by May 20, 2018
Regular Cost: $379 +HST (=$428.27) after May 20, 2018
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.77 USD (as of March 7, 2018 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 17, 2018  at 4pm

* For information about Group Rates and Discounts 
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1) To register online and pay with credit or debit,
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Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice.  The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather.  If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.

2) To register and pay with cheque or email money transfer, click here ​to download the registration form and follow the instructions on the form.

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For more information about Annette and her work: www.annettekussintherapy.com

Adult Attachment in Clinical Practice: 
Understanding & Treating Insecure Adult Attachment

June 21-22, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm

​​​​​Workshop Description

Relationships with caregivers in the early years have a profound influence on an adult’s self-perceptions, perception of others and his/her capacity for healthy intimate relationships. Adults with secure attachments and healthy adult relationships usually had early experiences of consistent nurturing and care from parents or caregivers.  Adults with insecure attachments and unhealthy relationships, on the other hand, usually had early experiences of inconsistent nurturing, rejection or even severe neglect and abuse.  The good news is that adults with insecure attachments can redevelop their capacity for secure attachments by understanding the impact of early childhood experiences on their personality development and present relationships, mourning the losses and longings from these early child/parent relationships and developing a non-judgmental stance in exploring their patterns.

This workshop will present a model of therapy and interventions for helping professionals to assist clients recognize their unconscious models of relationships, to develop greater security through the therapeutic relationship and to risk new and healthy interactive patterns in present relationships.  Attendees will also develop awareness of their own attachment style and its importance in their therapeutic work with clients.

Case examples, videos and role play will be used to demonstrate the interventions.  

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding adult attachment and attachment categories
  • Challenges for the helper associated with each attachment category and how to work through these challenges effectively
  • Assessing  adult attachment using the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) and Behavioural Determinants
  • Using the AAI as a clinical tool
  • The neurobiology of adult attachment
  • Understanding mental health disorders from an attachment perspective
  • Goals and stages of attachment focused counselling
  • Treatment interventions for each of the adult attachment categories
  • The reparative process of the therapeutic relationship

Who Should Attend?

Experienced service practitioners working with adults in individual therapy, couple and family therapy, and parent work, such as counsellors, social workers, social service workers, psychologists and other professionals providing some form of counselling

To download the poster, click here

About the Presenter

Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW, is a registered Social Worker, a registered Marital and Family Therapist and an advanced Attachment Focused Therapist specializing in Trauma and Attachment Therapy. She worked in Children’s Mental Health for over 30 years as a therapist, supervisor, manager and clinical director.  Currently Annette maintains a private practice, which she has had for over 20 years, where she specializes in Attachment Focused Therapy for adults, couples, adolescents, and adoptive families. She also offers parenting capacity assessments and attachment and trauma assessments in her private practice. She has developed a model of Attachment Focused Therapy for adults struggling with intimacy and for couples with relationship problems.

Annette has received advanced training in attachment focused therapy from Daniel Hughes and was a member of an advanced consultation group in this model of therapy. She offers consultation to agencies and individual professionals and regularly provides training to organizations throughout Ontario in the areas of attachment, trauma, and brain development. 


The Festival Inn is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Rooms start at $119 + taxes (includes breakfast).  A block of rooms has been set aside for this event, up until May 20, 2018. For reservations, call 1-800-463-3581 or 519-273-1150 and quote "Mission Empowerment Block".  For other accommodation options, visit www.visitstratford.ca