COSP™ Facilitator Training

Next Live In-Person Training

Greensboro, NC
Tuesday April 18 through Friday April 21, 2023
9 am to 5 pm (EDT)
Arrive at 8:30am for registration on the first morning

Color Works Meeting Space - ROOM 1
1000 Revolution Mill Drive
Greensboro, NC 27405

Free parking adjacent to building

If the Greensboro Circle of Security Facilitator Training is not able to take place on the scheduled dates because of Covid-19, this training will be switched to an online format. Details will be made available on this website for an alternative training and all participants will be notified

The event space is well-ventilated. COVID protocol regarding personal space and masks will comply with the then current Guilford County, NC, public health regulations. Please note, this may change in order to comply with any changes in state or local regulations.

Circle of Security Facilitator Training is available in an online format for those who feel uncomfortable attending an in-person training. Go to the Circle of Security Facilitator Training page on the Circle of Security International (COSI) website, and click on Online Live Trainings for more information.

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.

*Circle of Security Parenting video 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 Circle of Security Parenting materials.

Registration is now open for the April in-person training.

To register, go to the Circle of Security Facilitator Training page on the Circle of Security International website. Click on In-person Trainings, scroll down to find Greensboro North Carolina, and click the Register button. Then click “Continue Order” and then “Enter Attendee Information.” Enter all required information, and then select “Continue to Checkout.”

Create an account following the prompts. At the Payment screen, select “Payment Method: Invoice/Bank Wire or Check.” You will be able to change your method of payment and pay by credit card at a later date. Do not pay your registration fee until requested to do so by COSI, likely late March 2023.

For questions about registration, contact the COSI Registrar at

Due to continued pandemic-related uncertainty, attendees are advised to make travel reservations that are either refundable or can be rescheduled at no cost.

Registration Fee
$1,000 (includes COS Parenting video, COS Parenting Training Manual, Parent handouts, license to use the above materials to teach COS Parenting to caregivers).

Registration closes on March 31, 2023.

The registration fee is fully refundable through March 20, 2023. After that date, a $200 cancelation fee will be applied to your refund, or your registration may be transferred to another person or location. (Rules are different for group registration as described on COSI training webpage.)

Member Discount
Members of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas are eligible for a 15% discount using our host code. Members may obtain the host code by contacting Deb Mugno at [email protected]

Daily Schedule
Tuesday Registration: 8:30 - 9:00a
Tuesday-Friday: Morning Session 9:00a - 12:00p
Lunch 12:00p - 1:30
Afternoon session 1:30 - 5:00p

Dress in layers to be comfortable, as room temperature may vary. Bring a lumbar support pillow if sitting for several hours is uncomfortable. The meeting room is equipped with wireless Internet for checking email during the lunch hour and breaks.

Coffee, tea and water will be available all day. Two healthy snacks will be served mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Lunch is not provided. Participants are invited to bring lunch or may leave to go to a nearby restaurant during the one-and-a-half-hour lunch break.

Restaurant options for lunch – details coming soon.

Air Travel
Driving Time to Nearest Airports:
Piedmont Triad International Airport, North Carolina – 12.5 miles, 18 minutes

Hotels close to Revolution Mill

Attendees are advised to make hotel reservations that may be fully refunded with 24 to 48 hours’ notice if there is still pandemic uncertainty.

To encourage participation by North Carolina and South Carolina non-profit organizations serving families with young children, the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas will award grants to selected NC and SC 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 between May 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024.

Scholarship Applications should be completed and submitted by email no later than Friday March 4, 2023. Scholarships are limited in number and will be awarded to eligible applicants as they are received on a rolling basis.

To obtain a Scholarship Application please contact Deb Mugno, PCC Director of COSP Training and Outreach: [email protected]

  • Describe the attachment theory that provides the underpinnings for the Circle of Security® Parenting program.
  • Describe the attachment research that provides the underpinnings for the Circle of Security® Parenting program
  • Explain the long-term benefits of shifting caregiver focus from behavior management to enhancing the quality of relationship.
  • Utilize group process and video clips of parent-child interactions to support increased empathy in caregivers.
  • Explain the concept of reflective functioning.
  • Describe the specific steps to building self-reflection in caregivers.
  • Utilize the Circle of Security graphic to explain the concepts of secure base and safe haven.
  • 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
  • Identify new strategies to use with caregivers to improve the regulation of emotions in their children.
  • Describe what is meant by disorganized attachment.
  • Describe what types of parental behaviors are associated with disorganized attachment in their children.
  • Describe step-by-step approaches for promoting secure attachment in children
  • Utilize reflective questioning to help caregivers compassionately examine their limitations as parents.
  • Explain the concept of relational rupture and repair.
  • Describe typical patterns of relational rupture whereby caregivers lose their capacity to be bigger, stronger, wiser and kind.
  • 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.
  • Explain what is meant by co-regulation of emotional experience.
  • Describe how a child's resiliency may be strengthened by the parental stance of "bigger, stronger, wiser and kind."

Susanne Walker Wilson, has been a therapist, parent educator, early intervention specialist, consultant and trainer in inner-city Washington, DC, Colombia, South America and Appalachia for 26 years. She is a licensed clinical social worker, an Infant-Toddler Family Specialist and a certified resiliency educator with a private practice in Asheville, NC. Her focus is the intersection of early relational health, resilience and public health prevention.

Circle of Security has informed and transformed Susanne's work and her own self-reflection for over a decade. She's facilitated dozens of COSP groups across diverse contexts and is becoming a COS Fidelity Coach. A member of the NC Infant Mental Health Association since its inception, and of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, she's also part of the newly created Attachment Network of NC. She's grateful for the deep, diverse and increasingly organized collaboration of COS champions across North Carolina generating collective impact.

In 2020, through the nonprofit, Resources for Resilience, which she co-founded, Susanne created and now leads a two-year initiative with local government funding to bring COSP groups and ongoing reunions to child welfare-involved parents and to the professionals who serve them. Since 2021 she and others are bringing COSP groups to North Carolina's Early Intervention workforce statewide.

Susanne's own kids, Caleb and Ascher, are 23 and 20. A source of tremendous delight in her life, they keep teaching her about the Circle. Cooking with friends, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and traveling with her husband, Greg, are some of her favorite ways to play.

The instructor of this program have signed a Financial Disclosure Form and have no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance from Circle of Security International (COSI) once they complete a COSI program evaluation

For Social Workers
Social workers will receive a letter of attendance documenting 24 hours of continuing education. This certificate may not be acceptable verification in all states.

For Psychologists
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.

*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.

For Physicians
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 provider ship of the 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021

For LCMHC Professionals
The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by the NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.