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Clients' Attachment Styles and Therapy Outcomes

5 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $49.00

Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

This course was produced in collaboration between Taylor & Francis, PLC and the Zur Institute, Inc.. The Zur Institute, Inc. maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content.

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

A growing body of research shows that clients' attachment styles have an important effect on therapy outcome. Therapists who can recognize and adapt to the different kinds of attachment styles - and therapists who can recognize their own attachment styles - will have a better chance at cutting down on premature terminations. They will also be more adept and proactive at avoiding ruptures to the alliance and more quickly repairing them. Knowing each client's attachment style and being able to respond empathically and strategically to it will help keep each client engaged in therapy.

This intermediate course for 5 CEs for psychologists, social workers, and counselors who work with children, adolescents and adults has three sections. Section One provides a theoretical overview of how and why attachment styles affect the therapy relationship. Section Two presents research on the effect of different attachment styles on the therapeutic alliance. Section Three presents resources for further studies of attachment styles.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Identify primary attachment styles.

2.    Describe how attachment styles are developed.

3.    Describe how different attachment styles affect the therapy alliance.

4.    State how therapists' attachment styles influence therapy.

5.    Describe the Self-Confrontation Method as a measure of personality.

Course Syllabus

How early caregiver interactions determine attachment styles

  • Secure attachments defined and described
  • Insecure attachments defined and described

Clients' attachment styles and the therapy alliance

  • Effect of attachment styles on clients' expectations of therapy
  • Therapist strategies for connecting with various styles

The Self-Confrontation Method as a measure of personality

  • Personality dimensions measured by SCM
  • How emotional schema correspond to attachment styles
  • The use of SCM in counseling and research

How therapists' attachment styles influence the alliance

  • Different client attachment styles fit or clash with therapists' attachment styles
  • Therapists' attachment styles can affect their own view of therapy

Additional resources for further learning about attachment styles

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