Attachment Theory – 5 CEHs
November 30, 2017 | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Attachment Theory: Understanding and Intervening With At-Risk Children and Families
5 clinical & social and cultural competence continuing education hours for social workers
Trainer: Colleen Daly Martinez, Ph.D, LCSW
Secure attachment have been found to be associated with better social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of children. Maternal sensitivity is thought to be a major contributor to the development of a secure attachment. This workshop with provide mental health professionals with an introduction to Attachment Theory and its relevance to all clinical practices with “at risk” children and their families. Important contributors to attachment theory, as well as their research will be reviewed, including John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth, and Harry Harlow. More recent research on attachment and neurobiology, particularly by Alan Schore will be discussed. Participants will learn about the importance of sensitivity in fostering a healthy parent-child relationship, thereby laying the foundation for future mental health. Participants will learn to evaluate parent –child interactions within the context of sensitivity, and will learn strategies to improve parental sensitivity. Cultural issues and their impact on parenting and sensitivity, as well as implications for the therapist-client relationship will also be discussed.
About the Trainer…
Dr. Martinez is an LCSW and has her PhD and is in private practice as well as a continuing education instructor for Rutgers. Dr. Martinez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor with over 20 years of experience treating children and their families. Colleen Daly Martinez, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S, is a consultant and clinical supervisor in private practice. She provides school based play therapy services to preschool children in special education Irvington, NJ, and teaches clinical practice courses in the MSW program at Rutgers University. Colleen’s areas of expertise include interventions with children and adolescents, victims of child sexual abuse, and children with multiple losses and traumas. Her dissertation research focused on attachment issues and the mother-child relationship as risk factors for child sexual abuse.
“This course, Attachment Theory: A helpful framework for understanding, Approval #172107-1213, provided by Care Plus NJ, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: August 15, 2017 through August 31, 2018. Social workers will receive five (5) clinical & social and cultural competence continuing education hours for participating in this course.”