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.

Your Instructor

Dr Alison Liew Stewart
Dr Alison Liew Stewart

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Do I receive a certificate when I finish the course?
Absolutely! Once you have watched all the videos then a certificate of completion with be automatically emailed to you. See the Tutorial Information and Summary doc for instructions on how to claim your CMTE/CPD credits for any Bonus Content activities that you complete.

CBMT Domains

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:


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.


A Implementation 2d, g, k, w, ac, ag, aq, av, ax, az, ba, bb. 5n, r, s, t, x, aa, ab.


A Documentation: 1. 2. 3. 7.

B Evaluation: 1. 9.


A Professional Development: 3.

B Professional Responsibilities: 10. 14.

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