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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. (Sydney)

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Attachment Seminar Series: 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.


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. 

Additional Info

Program Information

Event Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 10:30am)

Lunch Break
  12:30pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session
  1:00pm - 4:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 2:45pm)

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $249
         $29 to purchase and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included and food may be purchased from the many surrounding cafes or you can order a fresh lunch as part of your registration.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A soft (digital) copy of notes and resources will be available in your account indefinitely and you may also purchase a hard (print copy) as part of your registration.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this face-to-face event on the day, your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 

We operate from registered Covid-Safe venues and are committed to your safety. 
Our operations and procedures are continually updated to ensure we comply with all relevant health orders. 
We will communicate any changes to health orders to you as soon as they are available to us. 
We ask for and appreciate your cooperation in complying with the orders.

In the interests of everyone's safety, we ask that you notify our team if you are unable to comply with the current orders. We can then offer you a transfer to an option to ensure you are can complete your training. 

Live Interactive Webcast or Webinar Registration
Fees: $199 
Primary viewer (includes three month's access recording of the event.
           $99 Additional viewer (must watch on same device as primary viewer)
           $29 Purchase lifetime access to the recording (available to primary viewer only)

  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of live, interactive training can be retrieved on completion of the evaluation and quiz via your account. 
  • A soft (digital) copy of all resources will remain in your account indefinitely.
  • A recording of this event will be available in your account approximately three weeks after the live event and will remain available for a full three months.  You will receive an email notification when the recording becomes available for viewing. 
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to join the live webcast on the day, you will be able to watch the recording, complete your evaluation and quiz and retrieve  your certificate at a later date before the end of the three month viewing period.

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.

Venue information

Our venue is registered with Service NSW as a 'Covid Safe' venue. 
You will be required to checkin via our QR code and to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, PDP reserves the right to deny entry to any participant who is unable to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the Brown Street entrance.  

4 minute walk from Chatswood train/metro/bus interchange

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and chilled water are provided.
If you have not ordered lunch with your registration, we have a fridge and two microwave ovens should you wish to bring your own food. 
The venue has a cafe on the ground floor and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants including an extensive food hall above the Chatswood Interchange.

Mantra Hotel is next door to the venue: website here
Meriton Suites is a 4 minute walk from the venue: website here


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.


PDP Sydney Training Room

Level 1, 10 Help Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia
+61 1300 887 622

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