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Promoting Attachment and Wellbeing Part 2: In Practice for Paediatricians

Speciality Classification
Paediatrics General
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare

This session is the second of two in a series focusing on attachment and wellbeing. The first session provided an overview of attachment theory and highlighted the importance of sensitive, responsive caregiving for the optimal development of the child's brain and the development of secure attachment. 

This second session therefore explores how an understanding of attachment theory might help the practitioner to consider helpful ways of undertaking both assessments and interventions that take into account the many factors that influence the way that parents interact with their children and the impact that this can have on the child's development and behaviour.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • List the factors and symptoms that might be indicative of problems within the parent-infant relationship
  • Describe ways in which attachment theory can inform both assessments and interventions
  • Discuss the links between interventions that are underpinned by attachment theory and the expected benefits for families
  • List a range of local services or interventions that are available to meet the needs of parents and children and help to foster secure attachments

This session provides an overview of some of the ways that practitioners can use their knowledge about attachment theory to help them to understand the behaviour of children in their care, the interactions that they observe between parents and their infants and between infants/children and others.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete the following HCP sessions:

  • Positive Parenting and Parenting Issues/Promoting Attachment and Wellbeing Part 1: Concepts (402-0016)
  • Family Health/Home Environment (402-0007)
  • Safeguarding/Vulnerable Children (402-0013)
Instructors / Speakers
Catherine Lowenhoff,
Independent Nurse Consultant, LCB Resources Ltd. Full-time PhD student, Oxford Brookes University.

Having spent the majority of her working life as a health visitor, Catherine then worked as a nurse consultant in perinatal and infant mental health in a Mental Health Trust for 10 years. Catherine was a member of the guideline development group for the NICE guideline for the management of Depression in Children and was involved in the launch and implementation plan for the 2007 NICE guideline for Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health. Catherine has always been interested in creating learning opportunities for health professionals that are interesting, accurate, informative and fun. In 2013, in collaboration with colleagues, she was involved in setting up LCB Resources Ltd, a company that produces interactive games for health and social care practitioners. Catherine is currently a full-time PhD student at Oxford Brookes University and is investigating the role of health visitors in supporting women with perinatal mental health issues.

Promoting Attachment and Wellbeing Part 2: In Practice for Paediatricians
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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