ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Mental health professionals know that the structure and function of the infant-caregiver relationship creates the fundamental building blocks of life-span development. During this sensitive period of development the infant/toddler will learn to become comfortably attached to the caregiver and as a result the infants brain will organize into an optimal learning machine. But what happens when the infant-caregiver relationship is not healthy? In this two-part course we are discussing Attachment Disorder (AD), a condition that occurs in many children who experience abuse, neglect, and chaos at the hands of their caregivers during infancy and early childhood. In Part 1 of this course set, you received an overview of past and current research and theories on the process of attachment; an understanding of the impact of early exposure to trauma on brain development and the attachment process; a symptoms check list of attachment problems; and a description of some long term consequences for a child with AD. In Part 2 of this course set, you will receive assessment strategies and suggestions for diagnostic tools of attachment disorder; details of evidenced-based and emerging interventions for attachment problems; plus suggestions for effective ways of communicating with parents who are raising a child with AD and parenting practices to share with them. The complete course set will not qualify you to conduct attachment evaluations; however, you will be well-equipped to identify and assess presenting attachment problems, practice attachment-sensitive therapy, and advise families who are struggling with a mal-attached child.