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


Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2020 , 9:00 am - 4:00 pm ET*

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​​​​​​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

You will receive:

  • Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of attendance upon successful completion of a brief online quiz (if desired)
  • Access to a recording of the workshop** for a limited period of time after the workshop -  so if you can’t join live, need to take a break or simply want to re-watch your favourite parts, we’ve got you covered!​ (**Note: The workshop recording will not include the videos of clinical sessions that will be shown during the workshop.  These videos comprise about 50 minutes of the workshop in total).

2) To pay with EMAIL MONEY TRANSFER (CAD bank accounts only):

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For more information about Annette and her work:

​​​​​​​Instructor: Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW
Location: Online Live Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $299 CAD + 13% HST (=$337.87) by Oct 29, 2020
Regular Cost: $329 CAD + 13% HST (=$371.77) after Oct 29, 2020

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.75 USD (as of July 26, 2020 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Nov 27, 2020 at 12 noon ET**

​**Note: deadline has been extended to Nov 30, 2020 at 8:00am ET for ONLINE/EVENTBRITE REGISTRATIONS ONLY

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1) To pay with CREDIT CARD or PAYPAL: 
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CEU’s and Certificates of Attendance

For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed). Certificates will indicate the number of education hours (11). Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is recommended that you contact your college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's. This workshop has been pre-approved for 11 continuing education hours by the CACCF.  

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 individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only.

** Please note: Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting cheque registrations at this time in order to protect our staff, as our mailbox is off-site.

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.