Strengthening Adult-Child Relationships: An Introduction to the Circle of Security


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Target Audience

  • Clinicians
  • Community Members
  • Direct Support Workers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • General Public
  • Parents and Families
  • Primary Educators
  • Professionals


Every person learns from their earliest relationships and experiences. Everyday, repeated interactions with adults affect children’s (and later adult’s) physiology, emotions, impulse control, self-image, ability to learn, concentrate and understand both our inner and outer worlds. The COS program is designed to offer caregivers direction and clarity in understanding the dynamics of early relationships and their critical importance. With this deeper understanding, caregivers can more skillfully interpret behavior and be more confident when providing a supportive “home base” for children so they can feel good about exploring themselves and the world around them. In this workshop, we will explore and discuss the basic tenets of the Circle of Security intervention and where each of us is more comfortable and knowledgeable on the circle.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will better understand “challenging” behaviors and where they come from
  • Attendees will learn to read a child’s cues with more skill, helping to address a need and prevent power struggles or challenging behavior
  • Attendees have the opportunity to explore his/her own triggers and biases when it comes to relating to his/her own children or children in their care
  • Attendees will gain confidence in understanding where a child is “on the circle” and what he or she can do to support a child’s needs for both exploration and comfort

About the Workshop Leader

Photo: Susan Mrazek

Susan Mrazek currently works as an early childhood mental health consultant for the State of Illinois and is passionate about supporting all levels of the early childhood system. She has her doctorate in community and cultural psychology from UH-Manoa.