Hit and Kiss: Attachment and Intimate Violence

Course Description

Continuing Education Hours: 5

This training examines the role of attachment as an innate motivating force. A secure adult attachment builds a secure dependency which encourages autonomy. The accessibility and responsiveness of a secure attachment figure creates bonds through emotional engagement, and development of trust (Sable, 2008). Fear and uncertainty activate the attachment behavioral system that is reactionary and aggressive, or reactionary and rejecting, which negatively impacts emotional engagement as well as trust. When attachment behavior fails, stress is predictable, and based on the developmental history of the individuals involved, aggressive and hostile means may become a defensive or protective part of the relational strategy.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will understand the impact of trauma.
  • Participants will be able to identify the myths of domestic violence.
  • Participants will develop an understanding of relationship patterns as a result of adaptation.
  • Participants will be able to define and identify phases of adaption.
  • Participants will be able to identify how the threat response system changes the chemistry of the body.
  • Participants will develop skills for helping trauma survivors rapidly stabilize and utilize skills for self-regulation.

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