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

Early Bird Cost: $379 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by April 29, 2024
Regular Cost: $419 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after April 29, 2024
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.74 USD (as of February 12, 2024 - check online for current exchange rate) 


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

Certificates of Attendance / CEU's / CE Information

For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon either: 

1. Verification of 100% attendance during the live broadcast OR
2. Successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed)*
    *This option is for those who do not attend the full workshop “live”.

Certificates will indicate the number of direct education hours (11), not including breaks. Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is the participant’s responsibility to contact their college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's / CE’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. 

Refunds will not be issued in cases where a registrant did not receive the workshop login instruction email due to email issues.  It is the registrant’s responsibility to contact us if they don’t receive the required login information at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the workshop.

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 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. 

Annette is the author of two key books on attachment:
It's Attachment: A New Way of Understanding Yourself and Your Relationships, published in 2020, and Secure Parent, Secure Child: How a Parent's Adult Attachment Shapes the Security of the Child, published in 2023.​​

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


May 30 & 31, 2024, 10am – 5pm 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. There is good evidence, however, that adults with insecure attachments can redevelop their capacity for secure attachments.  They can develop such security by understanding the adult attachment style they developed from their early childhood experiences, recognizing how their attachment style impacts their sense of self and the unhealthy patterns in their present relationships, mourning the losses and longings from these early child/parent relationships, developing a non-judgmental stance in exploring their patterns, and risking change. 

This workshop will present methods of assessing for adult attachment and a model of therapy for helping clients to develop secure attachment. The therapeutic interventions will assist clients to recognize their unconscious models of relationships, develop greater security through the therapeutic relationship, and 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. 

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, or need to miss part of the live workshop and want to view it afterwards, we’ve got you covered!

Can’t attend live?  Register anyway to get 60-day access to the workshop recordings and materials after the course.