Circle of Security

March 12-15, 2019

An attachment-based training for professionals who work with parents of young children. 



Neil Boris, MD,

   pediatrician and child psychiatrist

Dates: Tuesday March 12 to Friday March 15, 2019. (Four days, 9am-5pm)

Location: Cary, North Carolina (Ten-minute drive from RDU International Airport)

Sponsor: The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas


Participants in this 4-day training program are professionals (in mental health, pediatrics, early childhood education, and pastoral care) who work with families. Neil Boris, MD, pediatrician and child psychiatrist, will train participants to use the Circle of Security®Parenting™ DVD, manual and handouts to lead an 8-week parent education group in the community. This program gives participants the practical tools to demonstrate and transmit the heart of attachment theory to caregivers, in groups and in individual counseling.


Take a look at this animated video, giving a tour of the Circle of Security® in four minutes:


The Circle of Security

The Circle of Security

Connecting Attachment Theory To Practical Application

Circle of Security® Parenting™ is rooted in psychoanalytic theory, decades of attachment research, and current affective neuroscience. Circle of Security® Parenting™ has forged the missing links between attachment theory and practical application with caregivers.

Participants Learn a Unique Approach To Help Parents

  • Understand the basic principles of attachment.
  • Recognize and sensitively respond to their children's needs. 
  • Identify their strengths and weaknesses in supporting both connection and exploration. 
  • Increase self-reflection and self-compassion.
  • Build capacities for being "Bigger, Stronger, Wiser, and Kind."

Who Should Attend?

Social workers, pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, early childhood educators, pastoral and lay ministers, school counselors, nurses, infant mental health specialists, public health workers, home visitors, family life educators, and anyone providing parenting education or counseling to parents of young children. 


Where Can Circle Of Security Parenting Be Offered In The Community?

Participants in this training can use Circle of Security® Parenting™ with individuals and in groups, in agencies or private practice, and in a variety of community settings, such as preschools, primary schools, faith-based organizations, adoption agencies, pediatric or OB/gyn offices, La Leche League, mental health clinics, substance abuse programs, departments of social services, public health clinics, community health centers, family medicine practices, and prisons.


Who Is The Target Client Population?

Although Circle of Security® Parenting™ materials are targeted for use with caregivers of children, five years and under, participants will learn attachment concepts and reflective skills applicable to people at all stages of life.


What Do Participants Gain From The Training?

  • A new set of attachment-based ideas, skills and tools for working with parents.
  • Participants who complete the four-day training are granted a license, with no future fees, to use the Circle of Security® Parenting™ DVD and manual to work with parents individually and in small groups.
  • Participants can choose to have Circle of Security® Parenting™ materials in English, Spanish, Italian or Japanese.

What Is The Cost to Register?

$900 for Standard Registration, by February 12, 2019.

$1,000 for Late Registration, after Feb. 12.
Registration closes March 5, 2019.
Discounts are available: 

15% for Members of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, with Host Group Code

10% for groups of 5-9 people

15% for groups of 10 or more

Scholarships are available to staff of non-profit organizations. See below.


How To Register?

For full details, group rates and registration, visit Circle of Security Parenting

  • You can go directly to Registration for the Cary, North Carolina training.

Are Scholarships Available?

To encourage participation by North Carolina non-profit organizations (including faith communities) that serve disadvantaged families with young children, the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas will award grants to selected NC non-profit organizations to cover half ($450) of the cost of tuition for up to two staff members or volunteers from each organization. Grant applications must be received by Saturday January 12, 2019Contact our Program Manager with questions about scholarships:

Are Continuing Education Credits Available?

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas designates this program to be eligible for up to 24 CE hours for Licensed Professional Counselors and 24 Category A CE units for psychologists.*Physicians are eligible to receive up to 24 Category 1 credits. Letters of attendance will be provided to all other attendees. See below for details. Instruction will be given at an introductory to intermediate level.

*NOTE: Psychologists must attend all instructional hours each day to receive any CE credit through the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA does not allow giving partial credit. If you are a psychologist registering for the program, please contact our administrator at for additional information.


Scholarship Information

Grants/Scholarships for Non-Profit Organizations:

To encourage participation by North Carolina non-profit organizations serving disadvantaged families with young children, the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas will award grants to selected non-profit organizations to cover half ($450) of the cost of tuition for up to two staff members or volunteers from each organization. Each applicant must return a completed Grant Application form to our Programs Manager by January 12th, 2018.

Contact Programs Manager Leah Rutchick with questions about scholarships.

CoS Circle of Security 

Learning Objectives for COSP 2019 Training

Based on the content of this training program, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the attachment theory that provides the underpinnings for the Circle of Security® Parenting program.
  2. Describe the attachment research that provides the underpinnings for the Circle of Security® Parenting program.
  3. Describe and contrast secure and insecure styles of attachment.
  4. Describe and contrast avoidant and ambivalent styles of insecure attachment.
  5. Describe what is meant by disorganized attachment.
  6. Explain the long-term benefits of shifting caregiver focus from behavior management to enhancing the quality of relationship.
  7. Utilize group process and video clips of parent-child interactions to support increased empathy in caregivers.
  8. Explain the concept of reflective functioning.
  9. Describe specific steps to building self-reflection in caregivers.
  10. Utilize the Circle of Security graphic to explain the concepts of secure base and safe haven.
  11. Utilize the Circle of Security Graphic to explain the parent's role in supporting the child's need to explore the world as well as to receive comfort and protection.
  12. Identify new strategies to use with caregivers to improve the regulation of emotions in their children.
  13. Describe what types of parental behaviors are associated with disorganized attachment in their children.
  14. Describe step-by-step approaches for promoting secure attachment in children.
  15. Utilize reflective questioning to help caregivers compassionately examine their limitations as parents.
  16. Explain the concept of relational rupture and repair.
  17. Describe typical patterns of relational rupture whereby caregivers lose their capacity to be bigger, stronger, wiser and kind.
  18. Describe how parents can use their own internal distress signals (also called "shark music") to identify moments of struggle in meeting their child's attachment needs.
  19. Explain what is meant by co-regulation of emotional experience.
  20. Describe how a child's resiliency may be strengthened by the parental stance of "bigger, strong, wiser and kind."

Continuing Education Credit Information


All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance once they complete a program evaluation. Social workers may use this certificate to document up to 24 CE hours in all states of the US, except in California, Michigan, and West Virginia.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of  24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the redit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


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