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Welcome back to fall!

We are diving right into programming this fall with a few initiatives that we want to highlight in this issue. 





We have an expanded description of our Infancy Matters workshop which will be with Dr. Mary Claire Heffron on Oct 24 and 25.  We believe this will be an opportunity to really fine tune our understanding of shifts that occur when either the infant is stressed from medical issues at or near birth, or even the family is stressed; and how it impacts on the infant’s development.  Many of us are alongside families at this point, and this conference should help us recognize these issues and equip us with what to do for the family.  Click here for the brochure, or visit our Events page


Infancy Matters: Securing Pathways for Well-being and Resilience

This workshop will provide participants with a deeper understanding about the importance of infancy and toddlerhood. Relevant theories of neurodevelopment,  attachment, and reflective functioning will be used to detail ways that this period of life is an efficacious time to implement two generation approaches designed to engage caregivers so they can promote secure relationships that optimize the chances for health, well-being and resilience of infants and toddlers.


Participants will learn about specifics of infancy and early parenthood such as crying, feeding and sleeping, early language acquisition, and the unfolding of regulatory capacities that form the foundation for effective executive functioning in young children. Participants will learn about core approaches to engage families that build parental self-efficacy. Participants will also learn how relational approaches provide an effective means to address early adversity related to exposure to toxins, loss, and trauma.  While grounded in theory, this workshop is meant to provide attendees with practical examples, a broad systemic view that considers many ports of entry, intervention approaches, and many opportunities to integrate content into the context of their own practices.


  1. Present current theoretical understandings derived from neuroscience research about the ways that early relationships promote both emotional and physical health and development.

  2. Link theoretical understanding in objective 1 to attachment theory, reflective functioning and infant mental health principles and practice as seen from a multidisciplinary lens.

  3. Present the notion of two generation approaches to intervention informed by the theories above linking to long term relational health, wellness and protection from chronic stress related illnesses.

  4. Present examples from specialty care that illustrate these examples, e.g. substance exposed infants, children who have experienced loss or trauma. Children who present with excessive crying, fussing, or sleep problems.

  5. Participants will view a series of video examples to illustrate key elements/milestones in relational health, regulatory capacities (social emotional) and language development.

  6. Finding and serving infants and their families: Examening engagement from a systemic and interpersonal perspective considering cultural and contextual adaptations.

  7. Pregnancy and the first year of life. Developing stances that engage, support, and build parental self efficacy.

    We have been experiencing technical problems with taking credit cards as payment for the conference, so if you do encounter this please make a cheque out for the amount to Attachment Network of Manitoba and mail it to us at 86 Bergman Cres, Winnipeg, MB, R3R 1Z7.  Please include your contact information especially your email address.  If we receive your email we will email you a confirmation receipt and if we do not have your email, we will produce a receipt for you at the conference.  Our apologies for this inconvenience and any questions can always be directed to us at


We have added a FREE EVENING WITH DR. MARY CLAIRE HEFFRON FOR PARENTS!  If you work with parents who are struggling with a child that feels complicated, please encourage them to join us at the new SSCY building (Specialized Services for Children and Youth) in the old Christie Cookie Building at 1155 Notre Dame Ave.  This will take place Sunday, Oct 23, 2016.  Doors will open at 5:45pm, and we will begin at 6pm promptly, and doors will close at 6:15pm.  The evening will run until 8pm.  Please rsvp your attendance to so we can ensure we have enough room for everyone.  Parking is available for free in the front lot.



Our Network meets 3 times a year and our first meeting will be Tuesday, Sept 20 from 11:30-1:30 at Adoption Options (use the back door) 1313 Portage Ave.  We are pleased that local Occupational Therapist and Network Board member, Rosanne Popadopoulos will be presenting "Autism and Developmental Therapies".  The role of attachment based therapies (DIR and RDI) when working with families of children with autism.  There is no need to rsvp for our meetings, just come along, bring your lunch, we have snacks.  It’s a great way to connect with others in the area around attachment or a way to get more involved.


Trainings and Events

Attachment 101

We are continuing to offer our Attachment 101 for parents or groups of parents.  Should your organization wish to book this, please contact us at


Adult Attachment Interview Training

We have a colleague in Vancouver, Dr. Sonya Vellet, who is now a trainer in the Adult Attachment Interview.  She is putting out a feeler for interest in hosting the  10 day training,  in Vancouver in early January.  The cost is $2600USD, but who doesn’t like the idea of Vancouver in January vs. Winnipeg in January? We will not likely be looking to host this training in Winnipeg, but if you are interested, please contact Sonya at


Attachment Network’s Annual Conference- Mark Your Calendars

Our Network is a teenager!  We are having our 15th anniversary in 2017 and are celebrating with a 2 day conference March 6 and 7 on Teen Mental Health and the Role of Attachment.  We are still finalizing speakers at this point, but mark your calendars! 


Connect Training

Following this event, we hope to co-host the Connect Training March 8, 9, 10 in Winnipeg.  Connect is a program for parents or foster parents of older children, and comes out of Simon Fraser University where Dr. Marlene Moretti has been fine tuning it and researching it thoroughly.  It has been rolled out extensively through BC and Alberta and we are excited to finally be bringing this very culturally safe and attachment specific model to Manitoba.  Stay tuned for details on this training.


Leah Beaupre Training

Local therapist, Leah Beaupre, who has been training with Dr. Bruce Perry will be offering a workshop entitled:  Creating Therapeutic Environments for Children Affected by Trauma. For those of you receiving this email, Leah is offering a reduced rate of $250 if you enter the promo code attachment network .   Training is in Winnipeg Sept 29/30 or Dauphin, Oct 17/18 or Portage la Prairie Nov 3/4.  Again, the link to Leah’s training is on our Events page.

Leah is offering a free space to anyone who emails our Network at before Sept 16 and who would be able to attend one of those 3 sessions!  Please email us your contact information and we will get in touch with the successful applicant on the evening of the 16th.




Our 4 Brochures (10 Things Your Baby, Toddler, School Aged Child or Teenager) Want You to Know are still being purchased heavily.  The feedback we’ve received for these is tremendous.  They are intended to be the start of a conversation about a child’s emotional and attachment needs, and a bit of a “user’s guide” for parents.

Our DVD’s Listening to Baby and Tuning Into Your Toddler are also for sale.  These are great to use to open discussions with parents (sometimes even with our own children) about how to pause and reflect on what is going on for the child.  The vignettes are easy to watch and are unscripted Made in Manitoba families.  The baby dvd comes with a segment on what is attachment and the toddler one comes with a segment on the Circle of Security.


Finally:  The newest book from Circle of Security

The Circle of Security originators, Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper, and Bert Powell, have a new book for parents coming out in early 2017. Hardcover and paperback editions of “Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child's Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore,” published by Guilford Press, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. E-book platforms will be made available upon the actual release date. This long awaited book is aimed at parents who may or may not have had the opportunity to learn Circle of Security.

Infancy Matters Brochure

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