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Attachment Across the Lifespan - Supporting Relational Security: Practice-Focused Interventions and Approaches for Specific Developmental Periods. Final 5th Updated 2022 Series.


This year’s newly revised, and final Attachment Seminar Series (5th)—(1) Lifespan Survey, (2) Adult Disorganisation and (3) Attachment and DV—seeks both to update our knowledge/skills and to contribute to closing the research-to-treatment gap for mental health practitioners. [The presenter is retiring at the end of 2022 after contributing a decade of attachment seminars with PDP].

Attachment Theory suffers twin challenges in achieving its therapeutic charge to bring relief for human suffering. First, like many robust theories, coping with permanent expansion and increasing research complexity requires continual updating. Next, empirical successes typically face a ‘research-to-treatment gap’ that resembles similar empirical conundrums in lifespan developmental sciences. In addition to integrating relevant attachment empirical findings for 2021 and 2022, the three workshops will bring greater focus on the underappreciated relevance of research such as the approach to lifespan attachment processes emerging form Karlen Lyons-Ruth and her team within the Cambridge (MA) Health Alliance.

This initial lifespan foundational attachment seminar (the first of three in 2022) provides a unique overview of practical interventions applicable across the full attachment lifespan. For each age group, evidence-based approaches will be engaged whereby specific skills and activities are explored with a focus on applicability for practice. Although fewer practitioners work with every lifespan age group, awareness of the full spectrum remains valuable for understanding clients, their families and their relations.

After an initial introduction to recent developments in Attachment Theory in 2022, the seminar focuses on five specific age groups:

  1. The initial glance reviews caregiver pre-natal experiences through development of pre-language attachments in infancy where implicit patterns of interaction dominate. Much of the clinical progress in the attachment world has emerged in supporting first attachments with key caregivers.
  2. The emergence of first goal-corrected partnerships in preschool years [ages 2-5] and further school period also includes greater integration within the family system and new attachments possibly formed with key mentors such as teachers and sports coaches.
  3. Adolescence sees the fascinating emergence of an individual’s first peer or symmetrical attachments as adulthood beckons. This ‘sensitive period’ remains only partially understood presenting research and practice challenges. Our general attachment styles or orientations emerge distinct from specific relationships, along with new realities for security. After a look at the more efficacious interventions for parent-child and peer relations, a helpful look at the practical needs for the intersections of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) [i.e., neurodiversity] and adolescent attachment will be engaged.
  4. Adolescence overlaps with Adulthood as new longer-term relationships—both romantic and close friendships—emerge. The application of attachment to couples work as depicted in Susan Johnson’s important work with Emotionally Focused Therapy [EFT] for couples takes the next focus. In addition, Feeney & Collins more recent ‘Thriving through Relationships’ approach offers a complementary look at building attachment resilience via relational catalysts. [Please note the more in-depth work with adolescent/adult maladaptive attachment is considered in Seminars 2 and serious relational conflict in the DV focussed Attachment Seminar 3.]
  5. Finally, the seminar concludes with a vital glimpse of emerging research on shifts in attachment in later life. Existential and familial considerations will also be taken up for this period. A look at the impact of dementia in the context of attachment and care concludes the survey.

In summary, the seminar seeks to skill up mental health workers by providing a relatively focussed but still comprehensive survey of the most current research and available practical interventions by lifespan period.



This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



Kevin Keith, PhD BBA (Hons) (University of North Texas 1973); MA and STL (University of Louvain, Belgium, 1986 & 88); MPhil (Oxford University, 1991); Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (Jansen Newman Institute, 2005); PhD (University of Sydney, Faculty of Science, 2017).'s Profile

Kevin Keith, PhD BBA (Hons) (University of North Texas 1973); MA and STL (University of Louvain, Belgium, 1986 & 88); MPhil (Oxford University, 1991); Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (Jansen Newman Institute, 2005); PhD (University of Sydney, Faculty of Science, 2017). Related seminars and products

Kevin Keith PhD BBA (Hons) (University of North Texas 1973); MA and STL (University of Louvain, Belgium, 1986 & 88); MPhil (Oxford University, 1991); Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (Jansen Newman Institute, 2005); PhD (University of Sydney, Faculty of Science, 2017). Kevin is a counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor and academic. He divides time between private practice, education/academic activities, and an emerging retirement. Kevin has practiced counselling in Australia for 16 years. He has previously been a lecturer at the Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) and Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). In 2017, he completed his PhD at the University of Sydney (School of History and Philosophy of Science) with primary research interests in Attachment Theory. His thesis—The Goal-Corrected Partnership: A Critical Assessment of the Research Programme—brings a focus to attachment development post-infancy. This work also rearticulates Attachment Theory in light of advances in the lifespan developmental sciences, especially approaches to biological complexity. He remains a research affiliate for the School of HPS at the University of Sydney. Kevin presents regularly on Attachment Theory and other matters to a wide range of audiences. He is member of several professional and academic societies, including ones with focus on emotions research, trauma, psychiatry, and philosophy. He is acclaimed as an engaging and inspiring presenter whose seminars change the way therapists perceive and work with their clients in ways that surprise and delight. 


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kevin Keith maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with the University of Sydney. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kevin Keith is a member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia, the Professional Affiliate Australia Psychological Society, the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and the Professional Associate Australian New Zealand Association for Psychotherapy.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how to present Attachment Theory to our clients (psychoeducation)
  2. Grasp the development of caregiver pre-natal representations
  3. Coach clients who are struggling with parental responses to their children
  4. Grasp interactions between attachments and ADHD and ASD conditions in childhood and adolescence
  5. Envision the emerging style amidst a complex world of adolescent relationships
  6. Assist clients in enhancing their attachment relationships  
  7. Develop attachment informed strategies in the context of care for dementia

"Understanding lifespan attachment phenomena—both the similarities and differences by unique age period—, enables us to engage more effectively with our clients and their families.”   Kevin Keith PhD

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Gain a view of current research on the full lifespan of attachment phenomena
  • Possess a more comprehensive perspective on evidence for interventions at each stage of the lifespan
  • Expand skills and practice interventions for age specific attachment


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Attachment Introductory Basics; Understanding development and current interventions for pre-natal caregivers, infancy, pre-school and middle childhood

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Understanding development and current interventions for adolescence, adulthood and later life
  • Evaluation and closing.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

[This Seminar is an updated 2021 Attachment Theory Seminar Series (4th Edition) This Seminar has been designed as a recommended starting point for those seeking a current update of the theory and practice. It has also redesigned as a preliminary complement for Attachment Disorganisation and Attachment and Domestic Violence in 2021.]

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.



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