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March 25, 2008

Enrollment open for May 9-10 seminar on child-parent attachment

A seminar on current research and practice to promote healthy attachments between parents and children will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, in the East Room, 8th floor of the John Colloton Pavilion at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The registration deadline is April 11.

"Understanding Attachment: the Circle of Security Approach" is aimed at medical and mental health practitioners, educators, clergy, social workers, lawyers, child care providers, guardians, parents and foster parents. The event is hosted by the Iowa Consortium for Mental Health, based at the University of Iowa.

Unhealthy attachments can severely compromise a person's basic capacities for emotional health. The seminar will provide an overview of attachment theory and efforts of Circle of Security, an intervention and evidence-based effort that studies and promotes secure attachments in high-risk groups. Participants will view videos of different attachment patterns, learn about current research and explore practical applications of the Circle of Security approach as part of treatment strategies.

The main presenter will be Kent Hoffman, Ph.D., co-founder of the Circle of Security Project at the Marycliff Institute and the University of Virginia.

The registration fee of $200 includes box lunches and hospital ramp parking for both days. The fee does not include accommodations. However, information on accommodations is available in the seminar brochure. Continuing education units will be available.

The seminar brochure and more information about the Iowa Consortium for Mental Health are available online at For more information, contact Brenda Hollingsworth at or 319-353-5436.

For more information about the Iowa Consortium for Mental Health, visit

For more information about the Circle of Security Project, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,