Circle of Security

Circle of Security has established a DVD parenting education program offering the core components of the evidence-based and internationally acclaimed COS protocol. This 4-Day seminar trains professionals to use an eight-chapter DVD to educate parents and caregivers. The program presents video examples of secure and problematic parent/child interaction, healthy options in care giving, and animated graphics designed to clarify principles central to COS. Circle of Security Parenting implements decades of attachment research in an accessible step-by-step process for use in group settings, home visitation, or individual counselling.

Next Training:

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 beginning at 8:00 AM EST
to Friday, October 30, 2020 concluding at 5:00 PM EST

One Eleven Place
111 Realtors Way
Cary, NC 27513

Watch a sample of the DVD:

Training Details

For more information, please contact: Nancy Sowa at [email protected]

Anyone providing parenting education and/or counseling to parents of young children can benefit from training in the Circle of Security Parenting approach – including social workers, pediatricians, early childhood educators, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, home visitors, family support workers, outreach workers and behavior support specialists.

Circle of Security® Parenting can be used with individuals and in groups, in agencies or private practice, and in a variety of community settings, such as preschools, primary schools, faith-based organizations, adoption agencies, pediatric or OB/gyn offices, La Leche League, mental health clinics, substance abuse programs, departments of social services, prisons, public health clinics, community health centers, and family medicine practices.

  1. Describe the attachment theory that provides the underpinnings for the Circle of Security® Parenting program.
  2. Describe the attachment research that provides the underpinnings for the Circle of Security® Parenting program.
  3. Describe and contrast secure and insecure styles of attachment.
  4. Describe and contrast avoidant and ambivalent styles of insecure attachment.
  5. Describe what is meant by disorganized attachment.
  6. Explain the long-term benefits of shifting caregiver focus from behavior management to enhancing the quality of relationship.
  7. Utilize group process and video clips of parent-child interactions to support increased empathy in caregivers.
  8. Explain the concept of reflective functioning.
  9. Describe specific steps to building self-reflection in caregivers.
  10. Utilize the Circle of Security graphic to explain the concepts of secure base and safe haven.
  11. Utilize the Circle of Security Graphic to explain the parent's role in supporting the child's need to explore the world as well as to receive comfort and protection.
  12. Identify new strategies to use with caregivers to improve the regulation of emotions in their children.
  13. Describe what types of parental behaviors are associated with disorganized attachment in their children.
  14. Describe step-by-step approaches for promoting secure attachment in children.
  15. Utilize reflective questioning to help caregivers compassionately examine their limitations as parents.
  16. Explain the concept of relational rupture and repair.
  17. Describe typical patterns of relational rupture whereby caregivers lose their capacity to be bigger, stronger, wiser and kind.
  18. Describe how parents can use their own internal distress signals (also called "shark music") to identify moments of struggle in meeting their child's attachment needs.
  19. Explain what is meant by co-regulation of emotional experience.
  20. Describe how a child's resiliency may be strengthened by the parental stance of "bigger, strong, wiser and kind."

"The Circle of Security Parenting DVD is an outstanding contribution and a "must see" for parents of young children. Focusing on how parent/child relationships can be strengthened, this unique approach teaches parents, and those helping them, new ways to understand children's needs and behavior. It also offers effective ways to respond to these needs and behaviors. I have found it invaluable in my own work with parents of young children."

Charles H. Zeanah, MD
Tulane University School of Medicine
Editor, Handbook of Infant Mental Health

One Eleven Place
111 Realtors Way
Cary, NC 27513

A 10-minute drive from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

$1,000 (includes COS Parenting DVD, COS Parenting Training Manual, Parent Handouts, License to use the above materials to teach COS Parenting to caregivers). This cost (minus a $200 cancellation fee) is refundable through October 13, 2020. After this date it may be only transferred to another person or location.

Late Registration: $1,100 with payment after September 28, 2020

Group Rates: 5-9 people 10% discount, 10 or more 15% discount

Member Discount: Members of the PCC are eligible for a 15% discount using our host code. Members may obtain the host code from Nancy Sowa at [email protected]

To encourage participation by North Carolina non-profit organizations serving disadvantaged families with young children, the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas will award grants to selected NC non-profit organizations to cover half ($500) of the cost of tuition for up to two staff members or volunteers from each organization. Organizations must commit to delivering at least two Circle of Security® Parenting™ groups to the community during between November 2020 and October 2021.

All scholarships that were available for the March training have been awarded, and will be honored for the October session. Please contact Nancy Sowa, PCC Programs Manager, with questions about scholarships: [email protected].

Registration is not yet open for the October training. Please check back after April 13th. Go to the COSP Facilitator Training site and filter search for North Carolina. For questions, contact the COSI Registrar at [email protected].

*DVD may only be used by those who have completed the 4-Day training. Completion of the 4-Day training does not grant permission to train others in the use of the DVD.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas designates this program to be eligible for up to 24 CE hours for Licensed Professional Counselors and 24 Category A CE units for psychologists.* Physicians are eligible to receive up to 24 Category 1 credits. Letters of attendance will be provided to all other attendees. See below for details. Instruction will be given at an introductory to intermediate level.

*NOTE: Psychologists must attend all instructional hours each day to receive any CE credit through the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA does not allow giving partial credit. If you are a psychologist registering for the program, please contact our administrator at [email protected] for additional information.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance once they complete a program evaluation. Social workers may use this certificate to document up to 24 CE hours in all states of the US, except in California, Michigan, and West Virginia.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas and Circle of Security International are cosponsors of this program. This cosponsorship has been approved by NBCC. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.