Level I and II Online Learning

What to Expect from this Level I Course

Based on the safety, attunement, and availability of our caregivers during our childhood, we develop what John Bowlby termed “Internal Working Models.”  These IWMs, consist of both conscious and subconscious stories, thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about ourselves and the world that either nourish and cultivate healthy self-development or, conversely, interfere with healthy self-development if the caregiving is misattuned.  But, there is a solution.  

There will be some didactic and learning portions of this group where knowledge will be the focus.  But most importantly,  we will emphasize ways to identify your own attachment patterns, and to address and resolve the old attachment injuries that may even be having an impact on your behavior right now.  So what will we do in this course?

  • We will begin by discussing some of the seminal studies in Attachment Theory from Bowlby, Main & Ainsworth, and others to develop a fundamental and foundational understanding of Attachment Theory
  • Gain understanding of the  “internal working models” of attachment that we develop as children that keep us stuck in old patterns
  • Learn about the adult manifestations of the primary attachment patterns; preoccupied, dismissing , and secure, as well as how unresolved trauma or loss can affect attachment status and overall coherence of mind
  • We will take a detailed look at the 5 qualities of secure attachment in relationships 
  • Discover simple evidence-based techniques to Improve Your Relationships and foster healthy self-development and emotional regulation
  • You will have the opportunity to break into groups of 2 and 4 to practice relating to others in a secure way using the 5 qualities, while building connections with other people engaged in the same work.

The healing has been profound, and I have the deepest gratitude for what is being provided here.” -I.T.


This Course is Ideal for You If…

  • You have read popular books (such as Attached) or internet articles about Attachment Theory and want to go deeper
  • You are actively working with a therapist or coach on repairing your insecure attachment patterns, and you want to improve your understanding of attachment theory and connect with others who are also doing this work
  • You are a clinician and want to start incorporating Adult Attachment and the Three Pillars method into your practice

In this course, students will advance their knowledge of Adult Attachment Theory by examining the most recent of treatments in the field.  The Three Pillar model by Brown/Elliott was called a “breakthrough in treatment,” by Psychology Today magazine.  This course examines the Three Pillar model in depth and is a continuation of Level 1.  Students who took Level 1 and are interested in advancing their knowledge are ideal candidates for this course.  It is suitable for clinicians and non-clinicians alike.  Dr. Zack takes complex psychological material and translates it in a way that feels attainable to the non-academic. 

You will have a complete understanding of the 3 pillar method following the completion of this class.

You will understand the manifestations of Adult Attachment styles.

You will see case studies and examples of the use of the 3 pillars model

You will understand the importance of mentalizing in development of metacognitive capacities, which is the 2nd pillar.

You will be able to interact and ask questions of your professor

Using video, powerpoint, articles, guided imagery exercises, and other supplemental material, it is understandable to people with different learning styles

This course contains all of the up to date changes and additions to 3 Pillar therapy

Join us on this powerful journey through the latest evidence-based treatment for adults with attachment disturbances.

What you’ll learn

  • Define the Three Pillars Model from Dan Brown and David Elliott
  • Identify the manifestations of adult attachment styles
  • Understand the importance of mentalizing in the development of metacognitive abilities
  • The particular emphasis on collaboration and why that is crucially important
  • How to use co-creation of secure imagery to heal maladaptive Internal Working Models
  • Play as a modality for building the foundation of the ideal parent figures
  • How to spot, understand, and transform activations and triggers
  • Common experiences in treatment and different ways of responding

Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?

  • The Adult Attachment Program Training – Level 1 – The Science of Relationships 
  • Or a brief interview with Dr. Zack to determine eligibility

Who this course is for:

  • People who have completed level 1 and are interested in advancing their knowledge about the three pillars
  • Clinicians who are already working with clients or patients with the 3 pillar model
  • Coaches or teachers who wish to learn some of the basic tenets of the treatment
  • Students who are interested in learning about Attachment Theory and repair


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