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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 21, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Attachment in Adolescence

Attachment in Adolescence: The Wonky Brain that Allows for Change
May 5 and 6, 2014  
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $275
Instruction: Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW

Although by adolescence attachment styles are imbedded in personality and the brain, it is also a remarkable time to help adolescents with insecure attachments make significant progress in developing secure attachments. Changes in the brains of adolescents allow for the adolescent to examine their relationships with parents, to reflect on their patterns in relationships with peers and other adults, to leave behind the harmful patterns of relating they learned from their families and to risk creating new patterns in their relationships.

This workshop will explore attachment in adolescents and examine the categories of attachment as they develop in adolescence. The workshop will present the latest information on brain development in adolescence and its implications for adolescent therapy. A model of treatment will be presented that focuses on helping adolescents have awareness of their early history and its influence on their present sense of self and patterns in relationships. The model will incorporate helping the adolescent make changes in their present relationships so that they can enter adulthood with the capacity for secure adult attachments.

The workshop will include:
  • a brief review of attachment theory
  • categories of child attachment 
  • attachment in adolescence 
  • the adolescent brain
  • a model of treating  the insecure adolescent 
  • the role of the therapist

Case examples, videos and exercises will be presented to demonstrate interventions.



"The tangibility and applicability of the information was very applied. Watching therapy videos, well planned, thought out, information was appropriate, interesting and meaningful."

"I loved this workshop! The practical application of theory is so helpful. Learned more in this workshop than I did in an entire year of my MSW program."

"Really enhanced my understanding of brain changes in adolescence and how to capitalize on this in therapy."

"Fantastic information! Case studies and videos were very useful. Was very practical."