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Circle of Security Parenting 2019 March
One Eleven Place
111 Realtors Way
Cary , NC 27513
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 8:00 AM to Friday, March 15, 2019, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Community Programs


  Cary, North Carolina 
  Sponsored by: The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas
  Presented by: Neil Boris, MD - Circle of SecuirityTrainer

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.  Watch a sample of the DVD at


One Eleven Place
111 Realtors Way
Cary, NC  27513
Ten minute drive from the 
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

Who Should Attend?

Social Workers, Pediatricians, Early Childhood Educators, Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Home Visitors, Family Support Workers, Outreach Workers, Behavior Support Specialists, and anyone providing parenting education and/or counseling to parents of young children.


$900 (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 February 26, 2019. After this date it may be only transferred to another person or location.  

Late Registration: 
$1,000 with payment after February 12, 2019
Group Rates:
5-9 people 10% discount, 10 or more 15% discount

Scholarship Information:  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 ($450) 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 April 2019 and March 2020. To apply for a scholarship, download, complete and submit this grant application form by January 12, 2019Scholarship grant applications must be received by January 12, 2019. Please contact Leah Rutchick, PCC Programs Manager, with questions about these scholarships: [email protected].  

Learning Objectives of the Training
  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

To Register:

Registration is open.  
Go to the Cary, NC COSP Facilitator Training site.  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.

Contact: [email protected]