PUB HLTH 5007 - Attachment Across the Lifespan

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

Emotional security has a significant impact on our ability to function as an adult. This course will introduce students to the theory of attachment, covering areas such as patterns of attachment across the lifespan, relevant development theories, challenges of adolescence, adult attachment styles and relationships, how different attachment issues may manifest at different stages of life, and practical implications of attachment for conducting counselling sessions. The neuroscience of attachment, the implications for attachment in trauma recovery and the development of psychopathology will be explored. Teaching will be seminar style involving regular class discussion and small-group activities.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 5007
    Course Attachment Across the Lifespan
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to MCounsPsych, GDipCounsPsych, GCertCounsPsych students only or with approval of Program Coordinator
    Course Description Emotional security has a significant impact on our ability to function as an adult. This course will introduce students to the theory of attachment, covering areas such as patterns of attachment across the lifespan, relevant development theories, challenges of adolescence, adult attachment styles and relationships, how different attachment issues may manifest at different stages of life, and practical implications of attachment for conducting counselling sessions. The neuroscience of attachment, the implications for attachment in trauma recovery and the development of psychopathology will be explored. Teaching will be seminar style involving regular class discussion and small-group activities.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Matt Doherty

    Course coordinator: Paula Gillespie-Fotheringham
    Phone: +61 8 8313 1633
    Email: paula.gillespie-fotheringham@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 9, AHMS Building 
    North Terrace

    Student & Program Support Services Hub
    Email: askhealthsc@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: +61 8313 0273

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    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1

    Apply knowledge of attachment theory and research, as well as developmental theories, to counselling and psychotherapy case planning and practice;

    2

    Employ an increased understanding of the relationship of attachment theory with life stages, such as infancy, adolescence and adulthood, in the context of counselling and psychotherapy practice;

    3

    Recognise the relationship between attachment issues and life events and influences, such as childhood trauma and adult relationship challenges, as well as socio-cultural influences;

    4

    Integrate skills in the application of attachment theory and the treatment of attachment disturbances within counselling and psychotherapy practice;

    5

    Illustrate knowledge of the challenges that can emerge for clients and counsellors as a result of early attachment patterns, through small-group discussions and written assignments;

    6

    Demonstrate advanced ability to formulate, communicate and apply attachment theory and its therapeutic relevance across the lifespan, through written assignments and class discussion.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3-5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    N/A
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3, 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    N/A
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Wallin, D. (2007). Attachment in Psychotherapy. New York: Guilford Publications.

    NOTE: This text is available as an ebook – go to: http://site.ebrary.com.proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/lib/adelaide/detail.action?docID=10188990

    Links to recent literature that will support learning and assignment preparation will be provided, via MyUni.

    Recommended Resources
    Howe, D. (2011). Attachment across the lifecourse. A brief introduction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Grossmann, K. E., Grossman, K., & Waters, E. (Eds) (2005). Attachment from infancy to adulthood. The major longitudinal studies. New York: Guilford Press.

    Obegi, J. H., & Berant, E. (Eds) (2009). Attachment theory and research in clinical work with adults. New York: The Guildford Press.

    Online Learning
    3.3.1  MyUni
    All students enrolled in a postgraduate coursework program have access to a Postgraduate Coursework Student Centre on MyUni. This course is available on MyUni at www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/  Please check the website regularly as it may contain announcements that are relevant to your study in the course.  Weekly lecture notes will be provided via MyUni.

    Links to literature that supports class discussions and assignment preparation will be available via MyUni.

    If you would like the opportunity to network with other students, you can use the Communication features in the site
    Send Email – This feature enables users to send email to fellow students.

    Please note that you also have access to individual MyUni sites for EACH course you are enrolled in. Please check the sites regularly as they may contain important announcements that are relevant to your study in the course.

    3.3.2 Access Adelaide
    Access Adelaide is the name of the online service that allows you to access and, in some cases, amend your records. It can be found at: https://access.adelaide.edu.au/sa/login.asp
    You can log into Access Adelaide to view:
    your enrolment details for any term
    your academic results
    your unofficial academic transcript
    your personal details
    the fees, charges and payments on your University account
    your exam schedule
    your graduation eligibility details.
    As a student you can:
    change your address and telephone details (please inform the Discipline as
    well) change your password
    set a password clue to help you remember your password.

    3.3.3 Student email
    It is important that you set up your student email and check it regularly. Information from your course coordinator and student administration will be sent to you at your University of Adelaide email address. It is your responsibility to check your email. You will need your student number located on your student card to log in. http://webmail.adelaide.edu.au/

    3.3.4 Computers
    Where can I use a computer in the University?  Computing facilities are provided to students by the University, and there are
    several suites of computers available, including at the Barr Smith Library and in Hub Central. The University web site has a list of computer labs at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/technology/yourservices/learning-teaching/student-suites/

    3.3.5 Internet Access
    The University provides a free dial-up service to students without the need for a commercial ISP account. This service is available at the cost of a local call to students residing within Adelaide (please refer to your telecommunications provider for confirmation of call costs). Students residing outside these numbers can dial into the University at STD call rates (www.adelaide.edu.au/its/desktop/dialup/)

    Postgraduate Coursework students will receive a University Funded Quota of 500Mb.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

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    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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