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Attachment awareness

Attachment awareness interventions teach parents, carers and professionals about attachment, including how to support a child or young person that may have experienced a change in circumstances, for example if the child has recently been adopted or lost a parent.

Attachment awareness interventions may be suitable for parents, carers and professionals who:

Attachment awareness interventions may also be a suitable option for those who:

If you would like more information about how an attachment awareness intervention can have benefits for you and people around you, please contact us for more information.

What are the benefits of attachment awareness?

Attachment awareness interventionsbring many benefits for the child, young person or parent, carer, including:

Followingan attachment awareness intervention, recommendations for supporting the individual will be provided.

What happens prior to an attachment awareness intervention?

An attachment awareness intervention can be delivered after an initial discussion with us, please see the outline of the process we follow below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens during an attachment awareness intervention?

During an attachment awareness intervention, the individual will learn about attachment, and how it is important for children and young people. The individual will then discuss how this can be applied to their own situation in order to support the child involved. The HSR Psychology professional may carry out observations of the child or young person involved, or provide family sessions which can take place at home. Following observations, the HSR Psychology professional can highlight behaviours which may be caused by attachment needs and provide advice and guidance on how to best support those needs.

An attachment awareness intervention can take place directly with the child or young person, and in this case would look at a child or young person’s attachments to people around them. The children and young people will be taught about attachment in an age-appropriate way to help them to better understand themselves and their relationships. 

What happens after an attachment awareness intervention?

After an attachment awareness intervention the young individual will be able to use strategies tailored to them for supporting attachment. Following an attachment awareness intervention it may be recommended that we carry out a follow-up session. Outcomes from an attachment awareness intervention can explained in a written report or through a feedback session. Follow up support is offered to you along with support during the whole process of an intervention.

Does an attachment awareness intervention come with a report?

Following an intervention, we recommend a report which outlines what happened, how we have impacted the individual and our recommendations going forward. We can offer a comprehensive report after an attachment awareness intervention highlighting how attachment can impact the individual in everyday activities. Reasons for requesting an attachment awareness vary. Verbal feedback along with a brief summary can be provided if you don’t need a written report.

HSR values: Child-centred

How an attachment awareness intervention helped foster carers

An adoption agency found that a number of their placements were breaking down due to misunderstandings of attachment needs. We provided attachment awareness training to their foster carers to reduce the number of placement breakdowns. Find out how we helped.

A local adoption agency came to HSR Psychology for support for their foster carers. They wanted their foster carers to have more awareness about attachment difficulties in children as these difficulties are common in foster children. The adoption agency requested training sessions for their foster carers in relation to attachment needs in children. The agency hoped this would reduce the amount of placement breakdowns due to misunderstandings.

Our clinical psychologist provided 5 training sessions and 3 drop-in workshops aimed around: identifying attachment difficulties in children, working with schools in regards to the foster child(ren), setting individual targets and providing therapeutic care for the child(ren).

Following our involvement, 100% of foster carers said that they felt very supported and equipped to tackle any attachment difficulties which a foster child may have. During our involvement there was a reduction in serious incidents as foster carers were applying their new knowledge of attachment to their own situations to support children and young people

Arrange an initial discussion

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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