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Circle of Security Parenting™ Program

At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

Learning Objectives of the Program:

Are you constantly feeling pressured to be perfect?
Did you know that in striving to do everything right, we risk missing what children really need for lifelong emotional security?    

Who is this program for?

Circle of Security® Parenting™ (COSP), uses an eight-chapter video-based series. Designed for parents and carers, the program works equally well for increasing childcare providers’ awareness of attachment. Provided by a Registered COSP Facilitator, the program offers carers an understanding of the reciprocal relationship between the attachment and exploratory systems; offers a roadmap to understand patterns of attachment; shifts the focus from ways to extinguish undesirable behaviors to seeing behavior as communication of a need; explores ways to respond sensitively to children’s cues; and offers insight to caregivers of ways to manage their own struggles around certain attachment needs.

The COSP™ research focused on Parents and Caregivers of children between 4 months and 6 years of age, although we recognize that the personal growth the program promotes reaches a much larger age spam, being applied to older children, adolescents and even couples.

This program is for you if...

  • you are interested in learning more about raising a secure child

  • you need a parenting map to help you clearly see your child's needs

  • you want to feel confident when your child have big emotions

  • you want to better understand the importance of Responsive Parenting (and when you can become overly responsive without noticing)

  • you feel overwhelmed by your child's needs and your own

  • you are interested in learning how to connect with your child while still being able to handle all the real life responsibilities

  • you want to understand how the attachment system works so you can confidently support your child on their journey to depend on you, so they can become independent when developmentally appropriated  

  • you are ready to dive into the wisdom of parenting with profound reflections to better understand  your conditionings and needs.

COSPProgram Protocol

As per the Circle of Security International Guidelines accelerating the pace of Circle of Security Parenting™ program can rob the program of its power.

 

Fidelity to the COSP™ program is defined specifically as:

  • Presenting the COSP™ program over a minimum of 12 hours,

  • In a minimum of 8 sessions of 90 minutes each,

  • Spread out over a minimum of eight weeks.

  • Note that program fidelity is not only defined by total amount of time, but also by frequency of sessions.

  • If the program is delivered in a different format, fewer than the minimum of 8 weeks total and/or fewer than 8 sessions, caregivers must be notified that this is not the recommended protocol. And the program must be advertised as "COSP Abbreviated."

How does it work?

The COSP™ program is delivered in a Group Coaching format, through Video clips  and real life examples, collective and self-reflections, based on the Circle of Security intervention model.

Details:

  • 8 weekly sessions of 90 minutes with Mariana, a Registered Circle of Security® Parenting™ Facilitator

  • The facilitation involves diving deep into self-reflection - if you prefer to explore this in a more individualized way 1:1 sessions are also available (click here to know more).

  • Before the program starts, you will get access to the online platform where the sessions will be held. There, you will find the workbook and handouts for download that we will explore during our time together.

  • Certificate of Participation is available for those who complete the program. 

  • No additional costs for partners.

 

"Learn how to balance nurturing and protectiveness with promoting your child's independence
 

Feel confident about what emotional needs a toddler or older child may be expressing through difficult behavior
 

Understand how your own upbringing affects your parenting style - and what you can do about it"

Meet the Facilitator

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Mariana is a Registered Circle of Security® Parenting™ Facilitator, and a Mom of two little ones. She is a former ECE who specializes in Infants & Toddlers and loves helping families to feel more confident in their parenting journey.

What is the Circle of Security?

From the Circle of Security International website:

Developed by the psychotherapists Glen Cooper, Kent Hoffman, and Bert Powell, The Circle of Security is a visual map of attachment. It presents both a theoretical foundation and proven strategies for helping caregivers become more attuned and responsive to their young children's emotional needs (ages 0-6).

The “father” of attachment theory, John Bowlby, said this about attachment: "Intimate attachments to other human beings are the hub around which a person's life revolves, not only as an infant or a toddler or a schoolchild but throughout adolescence and years of maturity as well, and on into old age. From these intimate attachments a person draws strength and enjoyment of life and, through what he contributes, gives strength and enjoyment to others. These are matters about which current science and traditional wisdom are at one." (Bowlby, J. (1980) Attachment and Loss: Volume 1. Attachment. Basic Books: New York.)

From the Circle of Security International website:

  1. Attachment problems in infancy and early childhood increase the probability of psychopathology later on in life.

  2. Secure attachment relationships with caregivers are a protective factor for infants and preschoolers, setting the foundation for social competence and promoting effective functioning of the emotion regulation and stress response systems.

  3. The quality of the attachment relationship is amenable to change.

  4. Learning, including therapeutic change, occurs from within a secure base relationship.

  5. Lasting change in the attachment relationship comes from caregivers’ developing specific relationship capacities rather than learning techniques to manage behavior.

  6. All caregivers want what is best for their children.

Here are some founding principles that underlie the Circle of Security models of intervention:

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The Importance of Good Enough Parenting

Upcoming COSP™ Courses

 
Saturdays (Starting November 13th 2021)

First session starts in November 13th, 2021 at 9 am (PST)

$ 199 USD (Payment Plans Available at check out)

It includes: 
6x 60-90 minutes sessions
Workbook and handouts
No extra cost for partners