Clark Baim, Tony Morrison

Attachment-based Practice with Adults

Training pack

Understanding strategies and promoting positive change

This practical training resource addresses the application of attachment-based practice with adults, designed around the flexible five-step LEARN model.



Attachment-based Practice with Adults is an illustrated, multi-media resource offering a theoretically coherent, practice-based model for the application of attachment theory in working with any adults, including those who pose a risk to themselves or to other adults or children.

At the heart of the resource is the five-step LEARN model, a flexible interviewing strategy which helps practitioners work with confidence in an attachment-informed way. Having introduced contemporary attachment theory, its links with neuro-biology and the importance of personal stories, the manual and audio DVD provide five powerful case studies to illustrate the three different attachment strategies, with audio interviews, commentaries and guided practical exercises.

A detailed Interviewing Guide provides an invaluable framework for conducting and making sense of interviews, with examples of possible responses which might promote integration. Further exercises provide the basis for assessment and intervention with clients, and a final section shows how attachment-informed supervision can help to enhance practice.

As a work-based resource, Attachment-based Practice with Adults increases the confidence of practitioners to act as change agents with their clients, and to relate to them in attuned and effective ways. It can be used by individuals, teams, co-workers, supervisors and teachers/trainers to reflect on and improve the preparation, use and support of attachment thinking in practice. It speaks to diverse professions and modalities and can be used in a multidisciplinary environment by both adult and children’s services.

Author Clark Baim also runs a 10 day course, Attachment-based Practice, spread over 9 – 12 months for all professionals who work with people in distress or who are at risk of harm to themselves or others, of which this training resource accompanies.

Professionals within the social care sector are required to undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD) by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Those who use this resource will be able to gain CPD points.

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Attachment-based Practice with Adults is aimed at frontline practitioners and teams within social care, mental health, criminal justice and education; professionals in social work, psychology, nursing, psychotherapy, counselling, family therapy, psycho-sexual counselling, education, probation, forensic mental health, adoption and fostering, residential care, leaving care services, teaching and training; and students on qualifying and post-qualifying professional courses.


ISBN: 9781908066176
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 30 July 2011
Chapter 1: Introducing attachment theory
Chapter 2: Memory systems, integration and discourse
Chapter 3: The LEARN Model for promoting narrative integration
Chapter 4 – 8: Five case studies illustrating the different attachment strategies
Chapter 9: Tools and exercises for practice
Chapter 10: Supporting, supervising and sustaining practitioners; References.

This pack contains illustrated, colour-coded print material with audio DVD, including: 5 audio and print-based case studies and interviews with guided practice exercises, a 42pp interviewing guide plus discourse marking sheets, 10 exercises for assessment and intervention with clients, and a wealth of background information and guidance.


Clark Baim is a psychodrama psychotherapist working with the UK Council for Psychotherapy and a registered senior trainer with the British Psychodrama Association. He is the co-director of the Birmingham Institute for Psychodrama, a psychotherapy training organisation, and Change Point Ltd, a training provider in criminal justice, mental health and social care settings. Clark has 20 years of experience as a group facilitator and trainer in the UK, Ireland, Greece, South Africa, Latvia, Sweden, Australia and the USA. A native of Chicago and graduate of Williams College, Massachusetts, he moved to the UK in 1987 to establish and serve as the first director of Geese Theatre UK, a company using applied drama in prisons and probation.

Tony Morrison was a leading figure in the field of social care, particularly respected for his work on supervision, staff development and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. After completing his training in 1977, he worked as a probation officer with Greater Manchester Probation Service before joining the NSPCC Special Unit in Rochdale, Lancashire, where he and colleagues were instrumental in developing an assessment framework used in child protection. He became an independent trainer and consultant in 1989. At a time when treatment for sexual offenders was only just developing in the UK, he was the co-founder and first chair of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers. He was made an MBE in 1998 in recognition of his efforts in creating a network to support and develop professionals undertaking this challenging work.

Tony was perhaps best known for his work on improving the quality of supervision. His book Staff Supervision in Social Care (1993/2005) – also published by Pavilion – has become the standard text on the subject and is now in its third revised edition. He wrote and co-authored many other chapters, manuals, articles and books on social care practice. In 2009, he developed a national training programme for the Children’s Workforce Development Council for England, aimed at improving the quality of supervision received by newly qualified social workers.

Tony was awarded an MA in management, learning and leadership from Lancaster University in 2007 and, shortly before his death, had been awarded a PhD from Huddersfield University. He died suddenly in 2010.


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