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Apply Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice: Treatment Strategies Across the Lifespan

  • Accurately diagnose and treat attachment-related conditions
  • Discover tools for effectively assessing the four attachment styles in your clinical practice
  • Apply attachment treatment strategies across all developmental life stages

What we have learned about attachment in recent years is dramatically changing how we help people heal from painful life problems. Some of the following common relational problems seen in adults can be traced back to attachment issues:

  • Lack of commitment
  • Inability to develop emotional intimacy
  • Difficulty accessing and expressing emotion

This seminar will give you in-depth insight into attachment theory, the benefits of healthy attachments and the consequences of unhealthy ones. Learning to view developmental issues (infancy through old age) through the lens of attachment theory will significantly expand your therapeutic treatment options.

As a specialist in attachment-related issues, Gary Gilles will walk you through the foundational principles of attachment theory and show the relevance to each developmental stage in the life cycle. These principles of attachment will then be applied to techniques for accurately assessing attachment styles in childhood, adolescence and adulthood and diagnosing problematic conditions with attachment roots. Strategies for effective treatment interventions will be discussed for each attachment style and developmental stage of life. Case studies will illustrate common attachment scenarios faced by clinicians and provide proven treatment approaches for facilitating attachment. You will leave the seminar with a solid working knowledge of attachment-related diagnostic and treatment strategies that can be immediately applied in your clinical practice. You will also have the opportunity to explore your own attachment style, its origin and how this relational style impacts your personal and client relationships.


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Gary Gilles
5 Hours 59 Minutes
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Oct 16, 2014
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 5.75 hours CPD.



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Gary Gilles, MA, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in private practice in Illinois. He is a co-founder of Grove Center for Counseling in northwest Chicagoland and specializes in attachment-related disorders. He has over 25 years of experience working with parents, adolescents and children. He is the author of three books, including, How to be an Emotionally Intelligent Parent. He is a national speaker who teaches seminars and conducts trainings on attachment-related topics to both mental health professionals and parent groups.

He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, Oakton Community College’s Alliance for Lifelong Learning, Trinity International University and Argosy University. He has published over 200 articles on a wide range of mental health topics and has developed over 30 online courses for various academic institutions and businesses.

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  • Explain the different styles of attachment, how they are formed and the benefits or potential consequences of each.
  • Examine the pivotal role of emotional experience in forming attached relationships.
  • Explore one’s own attachment style and the implications it has for personal and therapeutic relationships.
  • Describe diagnostic attachment style methods for children, adolescents and adults, including the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI).
  • Identify possible attachment issues in select disorders.
  • Propose therapeutic interventions that pertain to each attachment style.


Overview of Attachment

  • Primary and secondary attachment figures
  • Context of attachment through the lifespan
  • Emotion as the organizing principle

The Attachment Styles

  • Secure attachment
  • Anxious attachment (avoidant, ambivalent, disorganized)
  • Parent and child characteristics of each style

Developmental Milestones in Relational Attachment: How Attachment Connection and Disruption Manifests at Different Life Stages

  • Infancy
  • Toddler
  • Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Young adulthood
  • Middle adulthood
  • Older adults

Diagnostic Techniques for Assessment of Attachment Styles

  • Methods of assessing child and teen attachment styles
  • Adult Attachment Inventory (AAI)
  • The importance of narrative
  • Assessing one’s own attachment style

Treatment Strategies for Attachment-Related Issues

  • Affect regulation
  • Reflective functioning
  • Create new dialogue
  • Verbal and non-verbal attunement
  • Relationship repair

Application of Treatment Strategies for Common Attachment-Related Diagnoses

  • Reactive attachment disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder

Effective Treatment Interventions for Various Attachment Styles

  • Ambivalent/resistant attachment
  • Avoidant/dismissive attachment
  • Transference/Countertransference issues

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.1

Total Reviews: 44


Kristen Q - ASTORIA, New York

"This was excellent!"

sarah h - SPOKANE, Washington

"Excellent seminar!"

Mary Ann S - REDONDO BEACH, California

"Extremely satisfied with this presentation."


"What a great knowledgeable presenter. I enjoyed learning more about the topic and feel that my knowledge has increased. "

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