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Fundamentals of Attachment Styles

A 6-week online Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program course led by Dr. Diane Poole Heller

Learn the basics of attachment system dynamics, so you can get to the root of unresolved trauma to help yourself and clients address negative patterns that undermine connection and intimacy in adult relationships.

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Fundamentals of Attachment Styles

A 6-week online Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program course led by Dr. Diane Poole Heller

Learn the basics of attachment system dynamics, so you can get to the root of unresolved trauma to help yourself and clients address negative patterns that undermine connection and intimacy in adult relationships.

What everyone should know about attachment styles…

As infants, we are wholly dependent on a parent or primary caregiver to survive. Instinctive behaviors—or attachment behaviors such as crying, for example—help us communicate what we need.

As children grow, explore and learn to relate to others, a secure base of attachment is important for safety, stress regulation, adaptability and resilience. But what happens when a parent or caregiver is mis-attuned with what a child needs…even unconsciously?

When we don’t get the security we need, we quickly learn to adapt in order to survive. In attachment theory, these adaptations are called insecure attachment styles, or the different ways we interact and behave in relationships.

It’s important to remember that insecure attachment isn’t inherently bad. An adaptation is simply the tool your brain and body utilize as a response to less-than-ideal conditions.

Even though you may not be conscious of how these responses first developed, these adaptations often continue to serve as a working model for our adult relationships. In other words, how our needs were met (or not met) in childhood can shape how we interact with others as adults.

When we seek intimacy or connection as adults, we seek a return to secure attachment. The paradox is that we often find ourselves drawn to a partner or significant other who reinforces or recreates the emotional climate of our childhood.

A way to help yourself and others strengthen secure attachment

Does it seem that secure attachment is easier for some people than others? What happens when we’re biologically wired to connect, but our attachment style won’t let us?

Our attachment style is often the blueprint or “go-to” for how we communicate in an adult relationship. Yet, so much of attachment is unconscious…it can even feel like a mystery… where does it come from, how did it happen, why do I react the way I do? Why did I say what I did when I didn’t mean it?

Too often, attachment only comes to the forefront after unhealthy behavior patterns have significantly affected our health and well-being, or caused irreparable harm to someone we love.

Given that attachment styles have lifelong implications in our lives and important relationships, it’s surprising that attachment-informed care is underrepresented in many professional training programs…making it even more challenging to get (or provide) the care we all need.

The bottom line is, we all deserve secure attachment. It’s truly possible to heal from early childhood emotional wounds so that we can create deep and lasting intimate relationship patterns.

By understanding attachment history and the patterns of how we think, feel and act in our relationships, we give ourselves the gift of inner security.

What if You Could Draw From Attachment Theory to Promote Healing and Strengthen Relationships?

Imagine a client sitting across from you in your office, talking about the recent breakup of yet another relationship. They’re emotional. You hear it in their voice.

They clearly crave the connection and intimacy of a close relationship, yet they’re afraid to trust themselves and others… including you.

Your client can’t understand: why does this happen over and over?

Why are they caught up in the same patterns and behaviors, no matter what partner they are with or relationship they are in?

As their therapist, you know that seeing the pattern isn’t enough. You need to know WHY your clients react the way they do.

Could some corrective exercises or interventions be more effective than others? And how does your own communication style promote or interfere with helping your clients heal?

You know that there must be a better way to help people—that keeps them feeling safe and honors the way they need to be heard.

Research suggests that as much as 90% of conflict and issues that arise in adult relationships can be traced back to early attachment experiences.

Not only does attachment theory give us the foundation to understand how the past has shaped our present relationships, it gives us a framework to be able to do something about it.

All of us are capable of repairing broken connections. But our clients can’t do it alone, because, as humans, we’re not wired to heal in isolation.

The good news is that Diane’s powerful, proven and pragmatic Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience (DARe) approach gives you concrete tools to help your clients change deep-rooted patterns, opening the pathway to a secure way of relating to themselves and others.

When you understand the fundamental differences between secure and insecure attachment styles, it’s much easier to address old emotional wounds—so you can help yourself and clients break out of unhealthy patterns once and for all—freeing them to experience the joy, intimacy and connection they need and deserve.

Attachment-informed care can be applied to any type of relationship… romantic partnership, parent-child dynamic, friendship or even a work relationship.

You can do all this using a proven framework that not only improves your clinical confidence, but also gives you effective exercises and interventions to use in your practice immediately.

Why Take This Training?

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Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program

Fundamentals of Attachment Styles

A 6-week online course ideal for mental health professionals, social workers, life coaches, bodyworkers, educators and individuals seeking personal growth

Learn the basics of attachment system dynamics to get to the root of unresolved trauma to help yourself and others address negative patterns that undermine connection and intimacy in adult relationships.

What’s Included

6 Downloadable Training Module Videos
+ Weekly LIVE Calls (With Q&A)

Each week, you get access to a new pre-recorded training video, including audio and transcripts, as well as a LIVE 60-minute call with Dr. Heller, featuring a Q&A session.

The first four weeks we will focus on the four attachment styles. In the fifth week, we turn our attention to specific issues of working with grief and loss.

We close the program by showing you how to integrate theoretical insights into practical exercises and interventions you can implement immediately.

Our program kicks off with our first live call on March 16, 2022 at 11 am MT!

6 LIVE Weekly Training Calls and Q&A Session with Dr. Heller

Each week, you and your colleagues join
Dr. Diane Poole Heller for a 60-minute live call where we learn an experiential exercise, review the week’s teachings and discuss client demos.

At the end of the calls, there’s always time set aside for your questions and answers.

Audio + Written Transcripts of Online Training Videos

All training videos and client demos are accompanied by both audio and written transcripts, because we know some people prefer not only to watch material, but also to have the written copy on hand.

Download (or print) the transcripts and use them for reference and note-taking.

Access to our Private Facebook Group

You’ll join a warm, friendly and encouraging online community where we support each other as we learn.

It’s also a great place to discuss difficult cases, ask questions and share valuable references and articles.

Can’t attend live? All calls are recorded and posted to your personal learning dashboard within 48 hours, where they’re yours to keep for the life of the program.

“Diane does a great job, not only outlining the adaptations, but also helping us better understand how to build healing and put into practice things that will work to not only understand each other, but also to connect and make communication a possibility.”

—Erika F., Costa Rica

Here’s What’s In the Training Curriculum

All classes meet weekly on Wednesdays from 11 am - 12 pm MT

(With the exception of the final class, which meets for 90 minutes, beginning at 11 am MT)

MODULE 1: March 16, 2022 @ 11 am MT

Secure Attachment

Attachment to a primary caregiver is the foundation of all future relationships. When you experience secure attachment, you learn how to trust others, ask for what you need and respond to stress or conflict in emotionally appropriate ways.

In this module, we explore how early life experiences—including trauma—set the blueprint for our lifelong attachment patterns and beliefs.

We’ll explore concrete strategies to strengthen our capacity for secure attachment and begin healing relational wounds.

MODULE 2: March 23, 2022 @ 11 am MT

Avoidant Attachment

People with avoidant attachment struggle to connect in relationships because they were consistently ignored, rejected or punished for attachment-seeking behavior in their earliest interactions with their primary caregivers.

In this module, we explore avoidant attachment patterns in depth—from how the adaptation develops to relationship behaviors to corrective exercises and experiences that encourage a return to secure attachment.

MODULE 3: March 30, 2022 @ 11 am MT

Ambivalent Attachment

Ambivalent attachment adaptation develops in early childhood environments where caregivers respond inconsistently to attachment-seeking behavior, creating a lifelong sense of doubt, insecurity and longing for connection.

In this module, we explore ambivalent attachment patterns—paying special attention to mindfulness, self-orientation and embodiment exercises that teach the ambivalent to connect with others and still maintain a sense of self.

MODULE 4: April 6, 2022 @ 11 am

Disorganized Attachment

Disorganized attachment adaptation develops in early childhood environments when primary caregivers engage in scary, threatening or abusive behaviors. Children cannot reconcile their simultaneous drive to attach to and flee from their caregivers, becoming incredibly dysregulated.

In this module, we explore disorganized attachment patterns—paying special attention to the “immobility response” that tends to re-emerge when the attachment system gets re-activated in adult relationships.

MODULE 5: April 13, 2022 @ 11 am MT

Grief and Loss

Given the ongoing challenges of our current pandemic, many of us are still working through (or helping clients with) the difficult journey of grief and loss.

In times of trauma or loss—especially when we’re faced with isolation—we recognize that the attachment system becomes fully activated, which means whatever attachment style we have, becomes our “go-to” to help us cope with adversity.

In this module, we explore loss from an attachment perspective, so we can better help people move beyond their grief and renew healing by strengthening and practicing secure attachment skills.

MODULE 6: April 20, 2022 @ 11 am - 12: 30 pm MT

Integrations and Case Consults

Once you have all the fundamental knowledge, you’re ready to incorporate new skills, techniques and interventions to help yourself and your clients build healthier relationships.

During the course of the training, you’ll have the chance to submit actual client scenarios for this live, 90-minute discussion—where Dr. Heller will demonstrate specific, attachment-based clinical interventions in real time.

Plus, You’ll Get the Following Bonuses…

Expert Interviews & Therapist Training

BONUS #1: Dr. David Wallin

Wounds that Must Serve as Tools

In this recorded audio training session, Dr. David Wallin and Dr. Diane Poole Heller explore clinical applications of attachment theory—including how a therapist’s own attachment style can work for or against them in the clinical relationship.

We cover:

Includes audio recording and PDF transcripts, so you can take notes and follow along.

BONUS #2: Dr. Robert Scaer

Why Healing Early Attachment Wounds is a Must in Recovery from PTSD

In this recorded video training session, Dr. Robert Scaer and Dr. Diane Poole Heller discuss the importance of somatic strategies in healing trauma, and why it’s so important to do our own attachment work as therapists so we help can clients heal.

We cover:

Includes audio recording and PDF transcripts, so you can take notes and follow along.

BONUS #3: Dr. Stan Tatkin

Disorganized Attachment Adaptation (a Two-Part Interview)

Because people who have the disorganized attachment adaptation often exhibit inconsistent behaviors or have a hard time trusting others, navigating the complexities of this attachment style can be particularly challenging for therapists.

In this two-part video interview, Dr. Stan Tatkin and Dr. Diane Poole Heller explore the intricacies of the disorganized attachment style—including various approaches and strategies that promote better healing outcomes.

We cover:

Includes two video and audio recordings, plus full PDF transcripts,
so you can take notes and follow along.

“I just can’t say enough about the training. I felt so safe in this learning environment—it allowed me to play with Attachment Theory, so I could really develop my skills. It also brought a new level of understanding about myself and how I interact with others, which was always kind of a mystery.

I knew how I responded to or felt internally about other people before—but I never quite understood the dynamics of it until now.”

— Rick Cazell., Tucson

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Our first live call kicks off on March 16, 2022!

You’re protected by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We’re confident this program will be a valuable investment in both your education and clinical practice.

Try the Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program: Fundamentals of Attachment Styles course, 100% risk-free.

If for any reason, you don’t feel it meets your needs, please contact our friendly Support Team within 7 days of the course start date — and we’ll happily issue you a refund.

Is this the right training for me?

You could benefit from this course if…

This program is designed to teach the fundamentals of attachment theory—in such a way that you move beyond theoretical concepts and receive real-time, hands-on training from one of the foremost experts in healing attachment and trauma.

Don’t miss your chance…

to learn directly from Dr. Diane Poole Heller in
this in-depth course that’s only offered once a year!

Continuing Education (CE) Option

Licensed Mental Health Professionals

You may be able to purchase 20 CE credit hours for this program, for an additional fee of $69.

Course Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Target Audience: Licensed mental health professionals

Continuing Education Credit is pending approval, but not guaranteed for the following professions:

A Certificate of Completion is available to all participants at the end of the course at no additional charge via our website.

It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. For additional information regarding CEs, please contact our Customer Support Team.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

“One thing that I really appreciated about this training was that it did a really comprehensive job of talking about our different attachment styles and helping us understand them. Then, we took it one step further…with real, practical ways to teach it to our clients, not just from the top-down, but also to understand attachment and really grow from the bottom-up. That gave me a much richer experience than I’d known before.”

Loren Roth, Waynesville, NC

 

“Classes with Diane are so rich and full. She presents the material so that anyone can “get it” and it doesn’t make the client wrong—or that something’s “wrong” with them. Attachment work has a very thorough, deep and profound way of helping someone transform whatever trauma they may be carrying.”

Julie Manwiller, Seattle, WA

Frequently Asked Questions

How can we help you decide?

Do I need to be a therapist to benefit from this training?

You do not. While this program is designed primarily to provide both novice and experienced practitioners with skills, strategies and corrective exercises that can be applied in a clinical setting, we’ve found that anyone who would like to better understand attachment theory and the origins of attachment styles can benefit from this course.

In this program, you’ll get powerful insights and skills that can be used to improve communication, deepen intimacy and heal early attachment wounds for any relationship.

Can I access the training materials once the course is over?

Of course! All of our training programs and courses include lifetime access to ALL training materials, including video and audio recordings, transcripts, worksheets, exercises, demos and bonuses too.

The only thing you cannot download are client demos—because we need to honor and respect client confidentiality.

Will there be any opportunities to ask Dr. Heller questions?

Yes, we’ve structured this program in such a way that we don’t just tell you about theoretical concepts—we show you how to apply them.

You’ll be able to watch actual client demo videos and participate in LIVE Q&A sessions, where Dr. Heller answers your specific questions, reviews case consults and gives you practical tips and techniques you can integrate into everyday clinical practice immediately.

What if I can’t show up live for all the training calls?

We would love to have you join each session live, but if you are unable to do so, all the sessions and training calls (including the Q&A) are recorded, so you can still receive all the information and coaching you need.

Additionally, the program course materials are yours to download and keep in your professional reference library. The only thing you cannot download are client demos—because we need to honor and respect client confidentiality.

Is this online training equivalent to the DARe 1 live intensive training?

Yes. Fundamentals of Attachment Styles, is an online, self-paced course within the Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program, which includes additional bonus resource material and weekly live calls with Dr. Heller. It is the equivalent of DARe 1 (our intensive 3-day training) and also satisfies the pre-requisite for any other DARe training.

How much time will I need to spend on this program every week?

The time most people spend varies because of individual learning styles and preferences. Most of our students tell us they spend an average of 2-3 hours per module/week, including the LIVE Q&A sessions.

This course is structured so that everyone can move at their own pace—at the very least, we encourage you to join us for the interactive sessions, case consults and demos, so you get a chance to ask questions from Dr. Heller live.

Are there any scholarships or discounts offered for this course?

We do offer a limited number of partial scholarships for students who attend an accredited university.

Reduced enrollment rates are also available for those with limited resources in countries defined as low and lower middle income by the World Bank. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

What is the refund policy?

If you register for Fundamentals of Attachment Styles and you decide to withdraw from the course for any reason, you may cancel your participation within 7 days of the course start date and request either a full refund or credit for a future course.

You must make this request on or before March 30, 2022. Refund requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be issued in the same form of payment made and may take up to four weeks to process.

Ready to take the next step?

Here’s Everything You Get In…

Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program

Fundamentals of Attachment Styles

Learn the basics of attachment system dynamics to get to the root of unresolved trauma to help yourself and your clients address negative patterns that undermine connection and intimacy in adult relationships.

that provide the foundation of attachment theory, so you can better understand the origins, patterns and needs of each attachment style—and begin to learn corrective exercises, skills and strategies that help you and others move toward secure attachment.

where you work directly with Dr. Heller in real time to integrate corrective exercises and adaptation-specific interventions into your clinical practice.

so you have access to all the resources in a variety of learning formats—and learn exactly how to apply tools and techniques to individualized interventions in a clinical setting.

where you’ll get answers to specific questions, share insights and receive support from Dr. Heller and your friendly colleagues.

PLUS, these special

Bonuses!

Expert Interviews & Therapist Training

Everything is yours to keep forever in your personal learning dashboard.

Enroll Now!

Choose Your Payment Option

One Payment

5 Monthly Payments of

Our first live call kicks off on March 16, 2022!

You’re protected by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We’re confident this program will be a valuable investment in both your education and clinical practice.

Try the Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program: Fundamentals of Attachment Styles course, 100% risk-free.

If for any reason, you don’t feel it meets your needs, please contact our friendly Support Team within 7 days of the course start date — and we’ll happily issue you a refund.