10 cp Prerequisites COUN601 Counselling Theories and Techniques and COUN626 Counselling Practice Skills Teaching Organisation 2 hours contact per week over 12 weeks or equivalent
This unit introduces students to the historical and current approaches related to Attachment Theory. The unit will cover current developments in neuroscience that address adaptive and maladaptive attachment and its influence on brain development and close relationships over the life span. The particular relevance of ongoing attachment difficulties will be related to counselling practice with children and adolescents. This will include how early relationships can affect the capacity for empathy, emotional integration and regulation, psychological resourcefulness in childhood and its consequences for adult life. Students will apply their learning to their own therapeutic practice, as appropriate, or to their professional discipline.