Attachment Theory has developed since the 1930s, as a way of understanding human brain, emotional and social development. One of its fundamental principles is this: that our experiences of relationships with early caregivers (those in whom we place our trust and our ability to survive) shape our sense of self and our relationships with others throughout life. If those experiences have been anxious, or insecure, then we are likely to become anxious, insecure adults (and in instances of acute attachment insecurity, we are likely to be predisposed to violence.)
Marci Green and Chris Purnell have been piloting workshops for professionals in health, education, social care and welfare. Over the past year, they have worked with mainly counsellors and therapists who have some understanding of Attachment principles and practice. They now want to extend their material to those unfamiliar with attachment (or who may have some basic understanding of the ideas), and who work with clients across a range of volunteer, educational and social services.