Improving learner outcomes

Attachment and Trauma
Supported learning for teaching professionals
Flexible self-paced learning
CPD certified for 20 hours of learning
Upskill staff in your school or organisation

About attachment and trauma

Many factors can lead to attachment and trauma difficulties, and if left unaided, attachment difficulties can leave a lasting impact upon our lives.

Learners with attachment and trauma difficulties may:

This training has been invaluable for me to understand how to identify the signs and symptoms of children with attachment as well as knowing how to create SMART goals to help them. This has been an excellent course.

  • have difficulties forming strong attachments and relationships
  • display a consistent pattern of withdrawn behaviour towards caregivers
  • have episodes of unexplained irritability sadness or fearfulness in non-threatening interactions
  • display reduced reticence in approaching and interacting with unfamiliar adults
  • be overly familiar in ways that are not culturally acceptable or age appropriate
  • be prone to either lashing out, or running away and withdrawing from social situations
Providing SEND CPD since 2008

A brilliant intro to attachment - with a wider focus on co-occurring issues which puts it all in context.

Who is the course for?

Our Attachment and Trauma course is perfect for those who work with children in schools, such as teachers, teaching assistants, SENCOs and school leaders. The target age range is compulsory education (4-18 years) but the course may also be useful in early years settings. Our course will also be of benefit to parents of children looking for support with attachment difficulties.

Over 178,000 participants worldwide

Why join the course?

Participants’ pre and post-course evaluations demonstrate significantly increased confidence in identifying, assessing and supporting learners with attachment difficulties.

Confidence in ability to implement effective strategies to support pupils with the SEN

  • Not confident
  • Somewhat confident
  • Fairly confident
  • Very confident


Pre chart
  • 41.7%
  • 50%
  • 8.3%


Post chart
  • 75%
  • 25%

As of September 2019

The course draws on the work and attachment-informed practice of Yarra Me School, a specialist school in Melbourne, Australia, delivering therapeutic education programmes. It builds on the model of attachment training and research carried out by Bath Spa University, and looks at the impact attachment and trauma difficulties can have on a learner’s life. It shows how you can make your classroom and practice more inclusive for these learners and offers practical assessment ideas and intervention strategies.

See what people say about our courses...

Designed for professionals

This training has expanded my knowledge and understanding of attachment difficulties and given me more confidence to identify this in our learners and help me consider the best ways to support learners.

Course content

This course aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of all those working with children and young people with attachment difficulties to support inclusive practice.

  • Understanding
    Develop an overview of attachment theory, including its origins, and learn about the 4 types of attachment disorder and the characteristics of attachment types.
  • Assessment for Learning
    Learn definitions of the different types of attachment disorder, and explore related and co-occurring difficulties and the impact on learning in the classroom.
  • Interventions
    Develop an awareness of your own reactions to challenging behaviour, and an appreciation of the importance of a whole school approach. Learn how to respond to challenging incidents and discover strategies for working with each type of attachment disorder.
  • Case Studies
    View examples of individual experiences, and examples of assessments and interventions carried out to meet individual needs, including attachment-focused therapy.

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What you will learn

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • explain the importance of inclusive practices in ensuring good life outcomes
  • discuss the origins of attachment theory and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses
  • describe the four attachment styles
  • use simple assessment tools and teacher checklists to Identify attachment difficulties
  • set SMART goals and practical interventions for improving learner outcomes
  • describe strategies for working with each type of attachment style
  • discuss the power of relationships and apply the process of personalising learning
  • respond effectively to challenging incidents including self-care
  • offer personalised support within a Response to Intervention Framework
  • plan and deliver a whole school attachment aware approach
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