Learn the Most Comprehensive Psychotherapy Model for Treating Attachment Insecurity

Integrative Attachment Therapy training provides a 3-level international accreditation pathway for mental health professionals who wish to expand their understanding and skill for helping adults to resolve attachment insecurity.

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Attachment insecurity during childhood is a significant risk factor for mental health disturbances later in life.

When underlying attachment insecurity is recognized and treated in adults in psychotherapy, the therapy process becomes more effective and efficient. Integrative Attachment Therapy Level 1 training provides all you need to know for identifying and effectively and efficiently treating adult insecure attachment problems.

The IAT Level 1 Course will help you to:

Understand Attachment Patterns

Get essential, practical information about the nature of attachment, its development during early childhood, and how it affects later development and personal and relational well-being.

Identify Attachment Patterns

Understand why it is clinically beneficial for therapists to recognize if a client or patient has an attachment disturbance. You will learn methods for identifying the various attachment patterns.

Treat Attachment Insecurity

Receive detailed, practical guidance for learning and practicing Integrative Attachment Therapy. IAT builds upon and goes beyond current attachment-focused treatments.


Why Integrative Attachment Therapy?

Integrative Attachment Therapy combines the best aspects of several therapeutic approaches to resolve attachment insecurity and to promote healthy and secure attachment relationships.


This approach recognizes that there is no single "one-size-fits-all" therapy that can address the complex and multifaceted nature of attachment disturbances and their effects. Skill with IAT helps the clinician tailor the treatment to the patient and avoid trying to fit the patient to a therapy method. Through using an integrative approach, IAT therapists can draw on the strengths of various therapeutic modalities to create a more comprehensive and effective treatment plan.

Testimonials from Past Participants

"The IAT training is a must for any dedicated psychotherapist. The approach provides positive and transformative attachment experiences for clients. One of the better professional development trainings I’ve had in the last 30 years. Quality trainers. Highly recommended."


- Forrest James

M.An.Psych., B.App.Sci. Grad. Cert.M.H. PACFA Registered Clinical Psychotherapist / Supervisor Director - Dasein Consulting Pty Ltd

"One of my main interests is attachment, and with so much noise out there, it isn't easy to find really good teachings. I have gotten so much out of this course: the excellent balance between theory, practice, demos and Q&A gave me enough confidence to start using this exquisite model immediately in my practice."


- Irene Quintavalle

Director and Psychotherapist at Numina Clinic

"The content of this course is unrivaled. There is truly nothing else available like it that includes such breadth and depth and clinical sophistication. It is refreshingly integrative, contemporary, and hands-on. Don’t be surprised if you come away being healed in some ways yourself!"


- Ann Kelley, Ph.D. and Sue Marriott

LCSW, CGP, hosts of the Therapist Uncensored podcast & authors of Secure Relating: Holding Your Own in an Insecure World

A Few Features of IAT Level 1

Multimedia Format

The program includes text, video, audio, and links to external resources that supplement the course material. A searchable text component makes finding content easy.

Continuing Education Credit

We have applied for completion of this program to earn you credits for continuing education in multiple countries and disciplines. Authorization for this certification is pending.

Self-Reflection and Quizzes

Short quizzes and questions at the end of each module are provided to aid your integration of the material and to meet Continuing Education certification requirements.

Regular Content Updates

The IAT model and methods and the entire intellectual and clinical field of attachment are dynamic, living, growing systems. We honour this with lifetime access to ongoing updates.

Live Q & A Sessions

Join 60-minute monthly group sessions¬†with a trainer ‚Äď a forum to ask questions about the material and share your experiences as you begin to apply it¬†in your practice.

Group Learning Community

Access the Community Discussion Forum¬†on the learning platform ‚Äď a place for collaborative communication and exploration of the learning experience and practical applications.

The 12 Modules of IAT Level 1

Module 1: Introduction and Overview: The Foundations of IAT

Why should psychotherapists be interested in attachment security and insecurity?

Module 2: The History and Understanding of Attachment

What is attachment? And what are the foundations of its recognition and study?

Module 3: The Development of Attachment

What shapes our attachment patterns and how do we become secure?

Module 4: The Forms, Phenomena, and Causes of Attachment Patterns

What are the varieties of attachment patterns? Why do some children develop 'insecure' patterns?

Module 5: Assessment of Attachment in Adults

How can we as therapists best identify the attachment patterns in our patients?

Module 6: The Three Pillars Model of Integrative Attachment Therapy

What are the Three Pillars and how does IAT apply them to treat attachment insecurity in adults?

Module 7: Pillar 1: Enhancement of Collaborative Ability and Skill

How does the therapist engage the patient collaboratively to enhance collaborative ability?

Module 8: Pillar 2: Developing Metacognitive Abilities

How does the IAT therapist explicitly and implicitly help patients to expand their metacognitive abilities?

Module 9: Pillar 3: Using Mental Imagery to Create Secure Models of Attachment

How does the IAT therapist overcome the limitations of traditional attachment therapy for creating secure IWMs?

Module 10: Tailoring the Three Pillars of IAT to Each Attachment Subtype

How is the IAT process modified when applied to patients with different forms of attachment insecurity?

Module 11: Synthesis of the Three Pillars for an Integrated Treatment Plan

What are the general guiding principles for the natural unfolding of an IAT process?

Module 12: Completion of IAT Level 1 and Next Steps

How to consolidate and build upon the IAT Level 1. What are the potential future training pathways?

Read the Full Course Overview

IAT is based on the innovative work of Daniel Brown, PhD, and David Elliott, PhD, who published their model and methods in the 2016 award-winning book Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair.

Your IAT instructors have built upon this work, integrating new insights and methods from the latest attachment research and clinical practice.

About Your Instructors

Dr David Elliott (USA)

A leading authority in attachment repair, David is a clinical psychologist who teaches internationally on attachment, personality psychology, and psychotherapy, including at the International School for Psychotherapy, Counseling and Group Leadership in St. Petersburg and the Psychosynthesis Academy in Stockholm. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University in 1989. Dr. Elliott is co-author, with Daniel P. Brown, of Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair (2016). 

Nigel Denning (Australia)

Nigel is a Counselling Psychologist and Director of Integrative Psychology and Medicine in Melbourne, Australia, and has a rich history of advancing education in psychology. Nigel has studied and collaborated with renowned figures in psychology worldwide, including Dan Siegel, John and Julie Gottman, and Alan Schore. Recently, he's been involved in developing the Three Pillars of Attachment Repair and Integrative Attachment Therapy with David Elliott and Traill Dowie.

Dr Traill Dowie (Australia)

Dr. Traill Dowie is a philosopher, academic, psychotherapist, martial artist and minister of religion. He holds PhDs in Philosophy and Psychiatry. He's an Associate Professor at Ikon Institute, devising psychotherapy training programs. Additionally, he's a research fellow at La Trobe University and a certified clinician with MAPS. Alongside Nigel Denning, he established a pioneering Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy training program in Australia.


Integrative Attachment Therapy Level 1

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Integrative Attachment Therapy Level 1

$997 USD + VAT

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  • 12 Modules of IAT Level 1

  • Searchable Text Content with Engaging Video Content

  • Lectures¬†on¬†Key Concepts

  • Expert Dialogues to Deepen your Experience

  • Quizzes and Self-Reflection Questions

  • Continuing Education Credit applied for

  • Lifetime Access and Ongoing Updates

  • Monthly¬†Live Q&A Sessions

  • Access to Private Community Discussion Forum

  • Opportunity for Advanced Training

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