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I'd Like to Melt Down When My Kids Do

- The New York Times  (

  In giving myself and my children permission to have these feelings and work through them, we grow closer — and maybe their shark music won't be as loud as mine.

- Brianna Sharpe

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Spokane clinicians circle up parental advice in new book

- The Spokesman-Review  (

  When we see behavior as something that we have to manage, control, or shape, we miss the underlying message about the need that the child has.

- Tyler Tjomsland

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Bemiss Elementary: A Circle of Security

Hear from participants about the ongoing COSP groups offered to Bemiss Elementary staff and parents — made possible through a grant from Spokane Public Schools Foundation (video provided with permission from Spokane Public Schools).

Moms find redemption and reunification at the Willows

- New Hampshire Union Leader  (

  For these women, reuniting with their children is their motivation to stay in recovery...The program offers a Circle of Security parenting class that helps women explore their own childhood traumas and learn to avoid repeating them with their children.

- Shawne Wickham

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Ms. Monica Bassette

Dr. Kate Litwin

Expanding Circle of Security Parenting to Five More Pediatric Practices in CT

Rocky Hill Pediatrics, under the direction and leadership of Kathryn Litwin, M.D. and Monica Bassette, was recently awarded funding from the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut to replicate a model of integrating Circle of Security Parenting (COSP) into pediatric practices developed by Kate and Monica. They will be working with five pediatric primary care sites in the greater Hartford, Connecticut, USA area.

The goal of this grant is to demonstrate an effective process for integrating COSP into the pediatric medical home in a way that will be 1) meaningful for physicians and other care providers, 2) billable under a bundled payment model, and 3) effective at improving the socio-emotional wellbeing of the families served.

The model includes the provision of a COSP group for pediatricians and the office staff so they are knowledgeable about COSP and equipped to talk with parents about COSP. The model includes the selection and support of a COSP "champion" from among the staff at each participating pediatric office. This person will become a COSP facilitator who will facilitate COSP groups for parents at the pediatric office on an on-going basis.

This is one of two projects funded to test the feasibility of delivering services in pediatric primary care that could support health promotion and prevention and are not currently paid for by Medicaid and commercial insurance. The funding was awarded through a competitive RFP application process.


  The need for attention is actually a need for connection. A child's behavior is, in fact, a form of communication, and it is driven by this need for an emotional connection.

- Circle of Security

Women Helping Women Fund

  All children attach. They attach to what is offered, and if there's chaos offered, they attach to chaos. And in our original research, we took children who were essentially attached to chaos and in 20 weeks, they shifted to secure.

- Kent Hoffman, Circle of Security

COSI Award Presented in London

Presented to Catherine and Gary Grant in recognition and appreciation for their dedication and advocacy to the advancement of early intervention.

- Circle of Security

from:    The New York Times    (

title:      Yes, It's Your Parents' Fault

   It’s worth noting that just as people in the insecure categories can become more secure when they form close relationships with secure people, secure people can become less so if paired with people who are insecure...having secure attachments is not about being a perfect parent or partner but about maintaining communication to repair the inevitable rifts that occur.

- Kate Murphy, The New York Times

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