Understanding the impact of attachment
When children’s attachment needs are not met due to maltreatment, loss or neglect, children will often display behavioural problems and developmental challenges. Emotional problems such as anxiety and mistreatment are very common. Current research is showing there is 80% continuity between unresolved childhood attachment issues and adult dysfunction. Everyone in the children’s workforce needs to understand attachment and the impact on brain development if secure attachments are not formed. This workshop enables participants to gain this necessary knowledge about attachment and loss, and also appropriate interventions to assist children and young people recover from trauma.
At the conclusion of this workshop participants will:
understand the attachment process and the impact on brain development
recognise the effects of positive and negative attachment relationships on child development
identify the skills that are required to promote positive attachment
know about the impact of trauma, separation and loss on child development
identify key areas of child development that are affected by exposure to traumatic events
understand how intervention can assist children and young people who have been traumatised through early life experiences
learn how unresolved childhood attachment issues impact adult attachment patterns
have considered a range of appropriate areas of intervention that would assist a child or young person who has been traumatised through early life experiences
Dr Jonathan Toussaint is an experienced counsellor and educator who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of men and boys. He has worked in the human services and community sectors for over 25 years in both clinical and executive management capacities, and has developed leading edge practices that strengthen the family and community. During this time he has facilitated groups for men and boys and trained professionals to be effective in their work with males. Jonathan is recognised as a leading educator in the field of strength based approaches to individual, family, community and corporate work. Jonathan is a corporate trainer and university lecturer in the field of health psychology, and a practising counsellor and family therapist, allowing him to draw on his wide professional experience. He holds nationally recognised qualifications in training and assessment to effectively deliver course content using the latest learning principles. He has served as a consultant to government, business and industry, and also serves as the Head of Department, Neuropsychology and Behavioural Studies at the Medical Register of Australia.