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Frequently Asked Questions

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We have revised and updated the pathway to endorsement as a COS-Intensive Provider. As of 9.1.22 the ATP exam will no longer be used as part of the pathway to endorsement as a COS-Intensive Provider. Instead, an Online Intensive Case Review course, along with the Intro to COS-I Treatment Course Series, and Case-Based Consultation are used to build competencies. Case-based Consultation includes the use of a competency-based checklist of key skills that are to be reviewed by both the Provider candidate and her/his Supervisor. Those who have completed the COS-Intensive training within the past five years (as of 9.1.22) and taken the ATP exam and passed are eligible to access Supervision; however, individuals interested in completing their training must reach out to neil[at]circleofsecurityinternational[dot]com to discuss requirements. Those who did not complete the exam within 5 years of their training are eligible to restart their pathway to Endorsement.

Individuals who completed training more than 5 years before 9.1.22 are expected to retake the COS-Intensive training; we have updated the protocol, manual and training process. Please reach out to neil[at]circleofsecurityinternational[dot]com for questions.

Learn more about using COS professionally here.

Because psychologists, educators, childcare professionals, counselors, and others have found these graphics to be useful for parents and professionals in explaining the core themes of attachment behavior in young children, we want to make them readily available through this website. Please see the Languages, Materials & Translations section of this page for more information.

For specific requests related to publishing Circle of Security materials, approval is given only to non-profit organizations and academic/professional publications upon review by Circle of Security International. Please email info(at)circleofsecurityinternational(dot)com to receive a permission request form. Requests take approximately 4 weeks to review.

Although we would very much like to be of assistance, we simply do not have the time available for consultation at such a level. Attachment related material raises many concerns and opens many insights as it is being learned. Please consider contacting a professional in your local area.

We do not have any affiliation with the Mary D. Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic or their Circle of Security® trainings. Dr. Robert Marvin has co-ownership of the Circle of Security trademark for the graphic, and is part of our research history. The trainings offered by his group are different in structure and content from the Circle of Security protocol. There may be imitators out there offering trainings or other services related to attachment theory or purporting to offer trainings related to the Circle of Security. Look for the official CIRCLE OF SECURITY® brand or Circle of Security International logo to ensure that you are attending an authentic training that is authorized by our team.

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Find a Training

Please visit our COSP Facilitator Training page. All event information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. There may be imitators out there offering trainings or other services related to attachment theory or purporting to offer trainings related to the Circle of Security. Look for the official CIRCLE OF SECURITY® brand or Circle of Security International logo to ensure that you are attending an authentic training that is authorized by our team.

No. The trainings we provide are for the practitioners to learn how to use the COS protocol. For COSP™ classes from Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitators, use our Find-A-Facilitator directory.

We rely on local sponsors to help us bring a COSI training to any community. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a sponsor of a training, please contact Bill Bloom at bill[at]circleofsecurityinternational[dot]com for more information.

The easiest way to stay up to date on future trainings is to frequently check the COSP Facilitator Training page of our web site.

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

COSI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and we offer IACET CEUs for some of our courses. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training. You can learn more about IACET here.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

We chose to work with IACET because it is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice.

You will need to submit your certificate to your licensing agency. Each U.S. state and country have unique requirements. Please check the specific requirements for your licensing board.

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Once we receive attendance records from your COSP™ Facilitator training, we are able to begin the process of activating your member account. The timeline of this process depends on when we receive the necessary information from our local hosts. Please contact us at info[at]circleofsecurityinternational[dot]com if it has been over 30 days since your training and you have yet to receive your login information.

Please email info[at]circleofsecurityinternational[dot]com and we can update you email and assign you a temporary password.

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Registration fees must be paid 10 days prior to the start of the training. If there is a delay in receiving payment you risk not receiving access to the training. Access will not be granted until payment is received.

  • Paid placeholders will be honored and transferred as needed (per our transfer policy).
  • Unpaid placeholders, without regular communication with our office, will be removed once the training reaches sold out capacity or no later than 2 weeks after registration, whichever comes first.
  • Placeholders must be identified no later than 3 weeks prior to the start of the training.
  • A full refund of your registration will be granted if requested no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the training.
  • A cancellation fee of $200 USD per person will be assessed if cancelled within 2 weeks of the start of the training.
  • No refunds will be issued 48 hours prior to the start of the training. However the registration can be transferred to a future training.
  • A maximum of 2 transfers will be accommodated.
  • Training must be completed within 1 year of the initial transfer.
  • Once a registration has been transferred, a refund is not an option. A substitute assigned if the original attendee is no longer able.
  • Substitute attendee may be designated if original attendee is unable to attend.
  • We must have full attendee information no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the training to ensure access to the course.

Attendance in the live Zoom sessions are required in addition to the online learning elements for completion of this training. The sessions are recorded in the case of emergency or in the event of connection failure. But you should make all efforts to fully attend the sessions. If you know you have scheduling conflicts with the live meeting times, please choose a different training.

If an emergency arises during the training and you are unable to complete the training, you will have the option to transfer to a future training. You will need to complete the future training in it’s entirety (partial credit doesn’t transfer). Transfer policy applies.

You can purchase a 1 week extension to the course in the event that you do not complete the content on time. You will be charged $100 for the one week access. Access will not be granted until payment has been received. Communicate with your training host to purchase an extension.

  • If you are registering as a small or large group, and are receiving the corresponding group rate discount, you understand and agree to the following terms and conditions:
    • Small group of 5-9 people — 10% off cost of training.
    • Large group of 10 or more people — 15% off cost of training.
    • All groups need to pay in one format (one credit card transaction, one check, or one purchase order)
    • This discount is available during Early Bird registration period only.
    • Funds are quoted and need to be received in US Dollars.
    • International transfers at client cost (example: any initiation and conversion fees).
    • No refunds for cancellations; if someone in the group is unable to attend, you may find someone to take their place.
    • No transfers to a future training for group members.
    • The only way we are able to hold spots for your group is by receiving payment upon registration, or if that’s not possible, by submitting a letter at the time of registration from the CEO, CFO or director of your organization obligating to pay for the requested number of spots, regardless of how many people actually attend.
    • Available spots are determined by available capacity in the training on a first come, first served basis.
    • If payment has not been received in full by the training, your group will not receive your materials. Materials will be made available once payment has been received.
  • You’ll be required to sign a licensing contract stating that you are licensing the rights to use the facilitator materials and will not give the materials to anyone.

  • Below is a sample contract.

Please see the COSP Facilitator Training page for seat availability.

Go to the registration page for the training you would like to attend. Complete the registration form and select your payment method. When you get to the confirmation page, there is a link to “documents” and you can print your invoice from there to submit. Payment must be received within 30 days or 14 days prior to the start of the training, whichever comes first, or your registration may be canceled. *Please note you must finish the registration process by clicking the “finish” button at the bottom of the page. If you don’t click the “finish” button your registration is incomplete and you will not have a space in the training.

We are a US-based company, and do not charge GST. Please note that all payments are in US Dollars only.

We can accept credit card, direct bank transfer, or check. We cannot accept Western Union or Paypal. Payments sent via those methods will be refused. For our direct bank transfer details, please email kristine[at]circleofsecurityinternational[dot]com. Please remember that all payments are in US Dollars only. All fees to send money are at registrant’s expense.

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Parenting DVD

An “Individual Contract” is the most typical and establishes an agreement between the attendee and Circle of Security International regarding their responsibilities as a Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator, as well as being responsible for the COSP video files and Manuals. These contracts will be made available on the last day of the training.

The COSP™ video files can only be obtained after completing the Parenting Facilitator training.

If you are in need of replacement COSP materials, please contact info[at]circleofsecurityinternational[dot]com for purchasing information.