The Circle of Security Parenting is a manualized, video-based program divided into 8 chapters during which trained facilitators reflect with caregivers of children with attachment difficulties due to developmental issues, reactive attachment disorder, maltreatment, disrupted relationships and complex trauma about how to promote secure attachment. This program is designed to be delivered in groups, but can be adapted for individual caregivers and couples. Facilitators stop at designated moments throughout the videos and ask reflective questions from the manual to participants. Through the use of videos, caregiver handouts/workbook, and facilitator presence and knowledge, caregivers can explore their strengths and struggles in meeting child attachment needs.

Services are conducted once per week for a period of 90 minutes for 8 to 10 weeks. The program can be conducted in various environments including home, outpatient clinic, community-based setting, residential care, school, or virtual. Circle of Security Parenting has materials available in languages other than English: Arabic, Cantonese, Danish, Estonian, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Norwegian, Romanian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Increase caregiver’s capacity to identify attachment needs; Increase caregiver’s ability to read young children’s cues; Increase empathy for the child; Increase caregiver’s capacity to regulate stressful emotional states (their own and their children’s); Increase caregiver’s capacity to provide comfort when their child is in distress; Increase caregiver’s capacity to self-reflect; Increase caregiver’s ability to read young children’s miscues; Decrease negative attributions of the caregiver regarding the child’s motivations; Increase caregivers capacity to pause, reflect, and chose security-promoting caregiving behaviors; Increase caregiver’s ability to recognize ruptures in the relationship and facilitate repairs.