Practical Approaches to Help Parents, Carers and Professionals to Build Strong Attachments with Children and Adolescents in their Care (Stand Alone / Module 2)

Delivered by

Christina Enright


Format options

In Person | Online

Duration options

3 hrs | 4 hrs | 6 hrs (1 day) 12 hours (2 days) to cover both modules 1 & 2


Further bespoke elements can be added on request.

Content Summary

This training is tailored specifically for participants who want to focus on approaches and practical strategies for children presenting with attachment difficulties.

The course can be taken as a second module to an introductory course on the theory of attachment such as Christina’s session on Understanding Child-Parent Attachment: What 65 Years of Research and Practice Has Taught Us, as participants will require an existing and fairly solid knowledge of attachment theory.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this training you can learn about:

  • the importance of Therapeutic Reparenting to support children with insecurity/disruption of attachment to develop enhanced security
  • how to respond to different defensive attachment patterns such as avoidant, ambivalent and disorganised
  • responding to hiding and miscuing to help children to feel safe enough in time to express their needs and vulnerability more openly and to find healthier ways of seeking care and getting their needs met
  • emotional attunement and its importance for responding uniquely to each child’s temperament and attachment survival strategy in supporting the child’s development of security
  • supporting adolescent attachment in the face of their unique developmental need for separation and individuation
  • the importance of rupture and repair for building resilience in traumatised children
  • how to helpfully respond when a child transfers hurt feelings onto the adults around them

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Training delivered by

Christina Enright

RN, BSc Psychology, Dip in Family Therapy, MA Child Psychotherapy, Dip Clinical Supervision.

Over the past 17 years, Christina has worked as a psychotherapist with children, adolescents, birth parents, foster carers and adoptive parents. This followed on from 20 years working as a nurse in the NHS. Her experience includes the development of a multidisciplinary clinical service for families experiencing trauma and attachment problems who were reluctant to engage with main-stream social care and mental health services. From 2015-2017 Christina provided trauma consultancy to the clinical team developing a children’s service within the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in the UK.

She also delivers training on child development, trauma and attachment both within the NHS and other education and social care systems across the UK and Ireland.  Her special interest is in early childhood development and the impact of trauma on a child’s developing capacities, functioning and behaviour. From her experience working with children who have endured developmental trauma characterised by neglect and abuse, she has found it necessary to use a comprehensive integrated approach in order to address the multiple complexities which such children present with.

Christina returned to live in Ireland in 2016 and currently works as a Developmental Trauma and Attachment specialist providing training, assessment and clinical interventions on behalf of Tusla Child and Family Agency and in independent practice with birth and adoptive families.