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    -Can you address how early attachment to a caregiver might operate as a template for the development of attachments across the individual's lifespan.

    Can you Provide an example (from your clinical work or using a hypothetical client) to illustrate how attachment issues might be demonstrated during the therapy process, either in the client's current relationships or in the client's relationship with the counselor.

    Explain which advanced clinical skills would be necessary in working with a client with attachment concerns.

    Reference your sources using standard APA guidelines.

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    (1) Can you address how early attachment to a caregiver might operate as a template for the development of attachments across the individual's lifespan.
    The origin of the attachment theory is linked to World War II when many surviving orphans became displaced (Bretheron, 1992). Developers of the attachment theories Bowlby (1950) and later Ainsworth (1991 cited in Bretheron, 1992) theorized that children develop an attachment to their mothers and/or caregivers based on the early relationship they receive from the parent or caregiver. Research shows that attachment theories have a root in the "impaired physical, psychological and social development of infants who separate from their parents" (www.psychologytoday).
    Based on her clinical observations that consisted of playing with children in a lab room, Ainsworth (1971) experimented with mothers playing with their children. With the results of her findings, she developed attachment styles that she found in the early mother-infant bond. She divided infants into groups into three styles: (a) securely, (b) insecurely and (c) attached (Attachment theory and parenting styles).
    • The secure-attached child has a positive working model of themselves and a positive mental representation of others as being helpful and deserves respect.
    • Avoidant children view themselves as unworthy, because they have been rejected by the parent or caregiver.
    • Ambivalent children have negative self-image and strive for attention ((McCleod, 2014).
    Based on the attachment theory, the experiences of attachment affect the individual during the course of his or her own lifespan (Kurth, 2013). According to Kurth, attachment behavior characterizes an individual from birth to death. Recent ...

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