Music therapy and the Circle of Security
Integrating an attachment based parenting framework into clinical practice
Are you looking for a way to assess parent-child interaction in your work with families?
Are you interested in how you can foster secure attachment relationships in your sessions?
Then you are in the right place!
Join Dr Alison Stewart for this introduction to the Circle of Security (CoS) parenting program.
Dr Stewart provides an easy to follow but detailed description of how we can use the Circle framework to promote attachment and positive interactions between parents and children. The Circle of Security program is aimed at parents who wish to be emotionally available to their child and has much to offer music therapists working with families.
In this tutorial a detailed overview of the CoS framework is provided, followed by a discussion of the key concepts and how they are enacted within the Circle. Case examples are provided so that you can clearly see where there are disruptions to the parent/child relationship and how they can be addressed within a music therapy program.
Dr Stewart explains how you can use the CoS framework to assess parent/child interaction in your sessions and how to adapt music therapy interventions to address issues.
The tutorial finishes with bonus content options to deepen and extend your understanding of CoS (and earn extra CMTE/CPD credits) as well as extra resources if you wish to take this learning further.
Ali has always been drawn to the world of attachment, parenting, family support and parent-child relationships. She is passionate about empowering families to develop and maintain secure attachments and be the best they can be throughout the constant evolution of the parenting relationship. Striving for a healthy, secure and positive relationship with her son is one of Ali's own personal priorities as she adapts to his ever changing needs and navigates through the ups, downs, challenges and surprises of life.
Ali completed her PhD in how the experience of mother-infant singing interaction contributes to attachment. She also has a Masters in Special Education (deaf and hard of hearing) to pursue her interest in assisting children with hearing loss to acquire and develop language. Ali is a Circle of Security Group Parenting Program Facilitator and teacher and she currently works as a Clinical Specialist for Sing&Grow Australia and is a casual lecturer at the University of Western Sydney Creative Music Therapy course.
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Earn CMTE/CPD credits quickly and easily!
Watch the tutorial to earn 1 credit then
earn 3 or more extra credits by completing
the bonus content activities.
PreviewIntro, overview and learning outcomes (4:21)
StartWhat is the Circle of Security Program? (6:25)
StartKey concepts: The Circle - Support to explore and welcoming back moments (10:05)
StartKey concepts: The mean/weak/gone balance (2:56)
StartKey concepts: Being with - Attunement, resonance, holding and contingent responses (7:12)
StartKey concepts: Shark music - What are the parent's triggers? (7:14)
StartKey concepts: Rupture and repair - Getting back on the Circle (8:42)
StartCase examples (7:13)
StartSetting goals and planning music therapy sessions (9:01)
StartSummary, bonus content and extra resources (5:05)
Frequently Asked Questions
For music therapists from the US & Canada this tutorial can be submitted in the ‘Other continuing education opportunities’ category and covers the following CBMT Board Certified Domains:
I REFERRAL, ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT PLANNING
B Assessment: 1. 2. 3c, d, f. 4a, b, e, g, h, i, j, k, l. 5. 7. 8. 12.
C Interpret assessment information and communicate results: 3. 5.
D Treatment Planning and termination: 6a, b, c, d, e. 16.
II TREATMENT IMPLEMENTATION AND TERMINATION
A Implementation 2d, g, k, w, ac, ag, aq, av, ax, az, ba, bb. 5n, r, s, t, x, aa, ab.
III ONGOING DOCUMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF TREATMENT
A Documentation: 1. 2. 3. 7.
B Evaluation: 1. 9.
IV PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A Professional Development: 3.
B Professional Responsibilities: 10. 14.