Course Description


Attachment theory is one of the most influential theories in psychology over the last century and is one of the mainstays of undergraduate psychology courses across the country. This workshop aims to reach into the depths of our undergraduate training and reinvigorate and extend our knowledge of how to apply attachment theory in our everyday practice; to inspire practitioners to use this rich psychological theory as a framework to enhance our formulations, interactions and treatment plans for our patients/clients of all ages. 

This course starts at the beginnings of attachment theory and builds towards more advanced applications to clinical treatment. Part of the beauty of attachment theory is both its simplicity and its complexity and so this course is suitable for both newcomers to attachment theory as well as those with significant prior theoretical knowledge. 


Filled with vibrant animated videos, quizzes, case studies and other activities - this course has been designed to appeal to most learning styles. A CPD certificate is available upon successful completion for 8 hours.

Key Features


8 CPD Hours (or 10-OPD hours for ACA members)

Certificate upon completion

100% online, on demand

Access to content for 3 months

Animated videos, text, quizzes, reflection tasks and exercises - this is NOT a pre-recorded webinar!

Covers attachment theory, assessment & attachment focused treatment and various clinical applications.

Endorsed by ACA and PACFA

Presented by clinical psychologist, Matthew Csabonyi

Learning Outcomes


  • Understand and explain what the attachment system is.
  • Identify attachment system behaviours.
  • Draw from key research to understand the bond that children have with their caregivers.
  • Understand and explain how the attachment system is developed over time.
  • Understand and explain how and why the attachment system is reactivated.
  • Understand and explain how the attachment system presents throughout the lifespan. 
  • Be able to understand and explain the way that the attachment system is maintained by our experiences and beliefs.
  • Understand and explain each attachment style.
  • Identify infant behaviour associated with each attachment style.
  • Identify child and adolescent behaviour associated with each attachment style.
  • Identify adult behaviour associated with each attachment style.
  • Understand how each attachment style might present in a clinical context.​
  • Understand the ways that attachment style is assessed.
  • Understand the basic principles and aims of attachment focused treatment.
  • Understand the ways that treatment might differ in the beginning and mid-late phases of treatment.
  • Apply and integrate attachment theory and the principles of attachment focused treatment to the treatment of clinical cases.

Matthew Csabonyi (He/Him)

Clinical Psychologist (MPsych Clinical, BPsych Hons)


I'm a clinical psychologist and board approved supervisor in Melbourne, Australia. I work clinically with teenagers, adults and older adults and over the last decade have worked across public, private and education sectors and presented several in-person workshops on attachment theory, gender identity and several other areas of interest. I love presenting workshops, but since COVID-19 I have been working on adapting my content for online audiences and exploring ways of making that content as interesting and varied as possible.

My formal interest in attachment theory began in 2011, although I had read a number of books on the topic several years earlier. At the time I was working with adult patients and I had a supervisor who had an expertise in the theory and I found her insights to be immensely relevant across most of my adult patients at the time. I continued to read very widely on the topic, used the theory in almost every formulation and a few short years later found myself working in an education setting that used attachment theory explicitly to underpin its model of care with young children. I also worked in the public hospital system at the time and so I began applying my knowledge to a wide variety of patient groups. Invariably I found attachment theory assisting my sensitivity and understanding of complex patients both in the early phases of treatment where building rapport is critical as well as the mid to late phases of treatment when the patient can often be challenged more explicitly towards change. 

Eventually I facilitated in-person workshop presentations for a number of specialised audiences on the integration of attachment theory in various clinical settings. COVID has now provided the opportunity to deliver this training in an online format and to a wider audience! I hope you find it both engaging and informative to your practice!

Example Curriculum

  Introduction
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  Three Assumptions - This section should take about 2.5 hours to complete
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  Three Attachment Styles - This section should take about 2.5 hours to complete
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  Attachment Treatment - This section should take about 3 hours to complete
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  Outro - Thank you for completing this course!
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Choose a Pricing Option

$220

Practitioner Registration

This will enable access to the course materials for three months and a CPD/CE certificate upon successful completion for 8 hours. 10% GST Inclusive.

$176

Student/Registrar Registration

This will enable access to the course materials for three months and a CPD/CE certificate upon successful completion for 8 hours. Includes a discount for students and registrars. 10% GST inclusive.