Presenting both a theoretical foundation and proven strategies for helping caregivers become more attuned and responsive to their young children's emotional needs (ages 0–5), this is the first comprehensive presentation of the Circle of Security (COS) intervention. The book lucidly explains the conceptual underpinnings of COS and demonstrates the innovative attachment-based assessment and intervention strategies in rich clinical detail, including three chapter-length case examples. Reproducible forms and handouts can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2' x 11' size. COS is an effective research-based program that has been implemented throughout the world with children and parents experiencing attachment difficulties. The authors are corecipients of the 2013 Bowlby–Ainsworth Award, presented by the New York Attachment Consortium, for developing and implementing COS.
Contents Foreword, Charles H. Zeanah, Jr.I. Attachment in Early Caregiving Relationships 1. Hidden in Plain Sight: The Critical Importance of Secure Attachment 2. The Circle of Security: Understanding a Child’s Needs for a Safe Haven and a Secure Base for Exploration 3. Being-With: Meeting the Child’s Needs through Relationship 4. Limited Circles: Insecurity and the Power of Adaptation 5. Shark Music: How State of Mind Shapes Caregiving 6. Completing the Circle II. The Circle of Security Intervention 7. Observing the Relationship 8. The Interactional Assessment: Differential Diagnosis and Identification of the Linchpin Struggle 9. Understanding State of Mind and Defensive Processes through Core Sensitivities 10. The Parent Perception Assessment: Using the Circle of Security Interview to Enhance Treatment Efficacy 11. Treatment Principles and Planning 12. The Circle of Security Intervention ProtocolIII. Case Examples 13. Laura and Ashley 14. Ana and Sam 15. Shelly and Jacob
“Brilliant, creative, and transformative are words that don't fully capture the true power of this approach. The authors have woven attachment theory into a research-based, innovative intervention that helps infants and their parents move toward security and a life of resilience and well-being. Soak in the wisdom of these masters and you'll be forever grateful—I certainly am. The book provides an intricate yet practical therapeutic exploration infused with the dedication and insights of its authors.” —Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine; author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain