Online Training: Understanding the Influence of Early Attachments

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Length of Training: Three Hours
Credit: 3 CE Credit Hours
Cost of Training: $90.00

Purchase price includes access to training video and material for 10 days. Participants will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC

Dr. Sroufe’s groundbreaking theoretical and empirical contributions to the fields of developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology have been reported to the academic world in over 150 papers and journal articles and seven books. During the three-hour virtual training, Dr. Sroufe will discuss what he and his team of researchers learned about human development over the course of the longest running (40-year) study of attachment across the lifespan and across generations (known as the Minnesota Study of Risk and Adaptation from Birth to Adulthood). This will include an overview of the findings of research into attachment theory and how individual selves emerge from relationships. Dr. Sroufe will further explain how vulnerability, resilience, pathology, and health can be products of development. He will also discuss implications for promoting change for those with different attachment histories.

Topics that will be discussed:
1. Fundamentals of attachment theory and research
2. How individual selves emerge from relationships
3. Vulnerability, resilience, pathology and health as products of development
4. Implications for clinical practice

As a result of participating in this training, you will be better able to:
1. Explain how researchers assess early attachment relationships
2. Utilize the theory underlying the internalization of early experiences
3. Compare the basic findings regarding attachment and development
4. Assess why change in self-organization becomes increasingly difficult
5. Describe how change is nonetheless accomplished

Three Hours of Training

The training session runs for three hours. The charge is $90.  In order to receive a CE credit certificate after watching the training, you must complete and submit the quiz below. The evaluation is optional, and you can remain anonymous. Access to training materials and video will last for 10 days following the payment of the registration fee. All registrants will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Training registration fees are non-refundable.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Continuing Excellence is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Alan Sroufe
Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development

L. ALAN SROUFE, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development, has been called: “The premier developmentalist of his generation” (The Bowlby/Ainsworth award citation) and “… a founder and leading contributor to the field of developmental psychopathology” (the Distinguish Scientific Award of the Society of Research in Child Development). An internationally recognized expert on early attachment relationships, emotional development, and developmental psychopathology, he has published 150 articles and seven books on these topics, including The Development of the Person, a two-time award winner.

Resources from the Presenter

A Compelling Idea
How We Become the Persons We Are
by Alan Sroufe

From the beginning of his academic career, Alan’s motivation to pursue the study of human development was personal. Having been raised in a dysfunctional family, he wanted to know why he had the problems he did and how his mental health could be improved.

A Compelling Idea is an autobiographical window into the personal and professional journey of a “superstar psychologist.”

Continuing Excellence, LLC
P.O. Box 134, East Middlebury, VT 05740
Tel: (802) 771-4155

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC

This training is for professionals working with people who have experienced complex trauma as well as people who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals.

Content Level
All Audiences

Special Accommodations Statement
Safer Society and Continuing Excellence are dedicated to meeting the needs of all attendees. Attendees will be provided with copies of the presenters’ materials (PowerPoint slides, images, etc.) for their own reference. Please note that closed-captioning will be available for this video. If/when further accommodations are necessary, we will make every effort to suit participants’ needs.

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