Training Class Details
Class Title: Unconditional Care Model: Attachment and Relational Strategies with Children and Youth-3.5 CAMFT & RN CE Credits
Class Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Class Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 0
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: Marjorie Harper
Class Description:

Unconditional Care: Attachment and Relational Strategies with Children and Youth-3.5 CE Credits


This training is an introduction to key concepts in the development of relatedness and attachment in young children. The history of the concept of attachment and early work in the field will be reviewed. The negative effects of maternal deprivation and disrupted early connections to caretakers will be described. Participants will be introduced to the concept of attachment styles and there will be a particular focus on the disorganized/disoriented attachments that are regularly seen in the children served by the child welfare and mental health systems. The complementary states of mind observed in caretakers will be examined and then a case example will be used to illustrate the presence of these issues in live clinical material. Finally, an approach to treatment based on disconfirming relational experience will be discussed.




  • Participants will be able to describe 4 dimensions of relatedness in young children.
  • Participants will be able to define the concept of the “internal working model (IWM) of attachment relationships” and be able to apply the concept to a client.
  • Participants will be able to outline a relational support plan that includes a description of the IWM and a disconfirming relational stance.
  • Participants will be able to describe 3 characteristics of disorganized attachment styles.



Marjie Harper has been a clinical social worker since 2004, specializing in early childhood mental health. She was a clinician at Building Blocks Therapeutic Preschool for 8 years before transitioning to Clinical Supervisor. Marjie has provided clinical supervision at Building Blocks, Intensive Treatment Foster Care, and an early childhood clinic in Monterrey County. Since 2018, she has been the clinical supervisor at Seneca’s Alameda Connections (birth-10 Wraparound Program). Marjie has been trained through the Harris Early Childhood Training program in Reflective Supervision and became Endorsed as a Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Practice Facilitator in the State of California in 2019. All of her experience and training has had a special focus on Attachment and a focus on how to increase the security of attachment between children and their caregivers.    





You must work with dependent (foster & probation) youth in Alameda, Amador, Contra Costa, Solano, or Monterey County in order to attend our trainings. Trainings are free for those eligible to attend. 



Course meets the qualifications for 3.5 continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Seneca Family of Agencies is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Seneca Family of Agencies maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, Provider #135057.   

We are unable to provide certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of each course content is missed. 



•  You must check-in during the training to confirm your attendance via visual, verbal, or written roll-call. 

• You must fully complete SENECA CAMFT evaluations, before leaving your training, with your full name legibly written. 



Completion Certificates can be obtained by emailing: 



All registered participants must cancel 48 hours in advance, if no longer 

able to attend. Cancellation can be done electronically through 

registration confirmation email or by calling: 

Seneca Family of Agencies - Training Department at (510) 654-4004 


Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice 

8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605 

(510) 654-4004 x2244 


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations (transportation) to participate in any trainings or events, please contact the Training Department at 510-654-4004 at least 5 days in advance of the event. 

Trainings provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, in partnership with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano. Monterey training provided in partnership with Hartnell College and Monterey County. Funding provided through Title IV-E.