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Understanding and Working with Attachment in Children and Adolescents

ONLINE WORKSHOP | This workshop will provide an overview of traditional attachment theory as well as current approaches in relation to trauma in children and young people.



This workshop will provide an overview of traditional attachment theory as well as current approaches in relation to trauma in children and young people. 

Through an attachment lens, participants will gain insight into many of the issues that children and young people might present with. We will discuss how this insight might influence our practice.  The need for reflective practice is emphasised and discussed from an attachment perspective. 

The workshop aims to provide the participants with, not only a deeper understanding of the theoretical, but also the practical aspects of working with attachment.

This workshop is also available to attend in person - register here.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Gain an understanding of an overview of attachment theory

  • Understand how attachment is intended to develop

  • Reflect on the relationships between attachment, emotions, play, development, maturation and wellbeing

  • Gain a basic understanding of attachment in relation to trauma

  • Explore practical ways of working with children and young people from an attachment framework

  • Understanding the importance of working within a child’s attachments and how we can work effectively with parents

Let's Get Real

  • Working with People Experiencing Mental Health and Addiction Needs

  • Working with Whānau

  • Working within Communities

  • Maintaining Professional and Personal Development

Facilitated by Sandy Hitchins


Sandy is a counsellor who has worked extensively with children, young people and their parents.  She currently works in primary schools and in private practice.  Sandy offers workshops, seminars and training to professionals and parents. 


Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Five 
Subsidised Rate: Check if you are eligible here. Tick applicable box when registering to apply discount
Early Bird Discount: $10 discount is available on registrations made up to 8 weeks before the workshop date (automatically applied at checkout)


You will need

  • Headset and Microphone

  • Built-in laptop camera or attachable webcam device (for laptop or PC)

  • Stable broadband connection 

Minimum System Requirements

  • As a guide, if you are able to Skype or watch online videos (eg: YouTube) from your device, your system requirements should be capable.

Operating System
Windows 7 and above
Mac OS X 10.6 and above

Internet Explorer 7 and above
Firefox - Latest version
Chrome - Latest version
Safari - 5 and above

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Workshops may be moved to online delivery due to changes in Covid-19 alert levels.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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