October 12 – Holding Fast: Understanding Healthy Relationships and Attachment, Dordt Social Work Department
Leah Mouw, MSW, LISW, and Erin Olson, PhD, MSW, LISW shared on the topic of Attachment Theory. There are four types of attachment: Secure, Anxious, Dismissive Avoidant, and Fearful Avoidant. As an individual develops, neural pathways are being created. These pathways affect attachment. A child’s past experiences may have resulted in insecure attachment; however, there is hope. There are ways that we, as caregivers, can help our children enter into Earned Secure Attachment. A few techniques shared by the speakers include: Orienting, Body Scanning, Telling their story, and Sensing God’s love for them.