Upcoming Workshop

SOS Workshops

Attachment in Adolescence: The Wonky Brain that Allows for Change

Presented by: Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist, MFT
Date: March 10th, 2022 (or view by recording) at 9:00am – 4:00pm EST
Location: A Livestream Event

It's Attachment by Annette Kussin MSW, RSW

About This Workshop

The adolescent brain is wonky and unpredictable because of changes in hormones and other chemicals. Changes in the adolescent brain make this an opportune time to help adolescents with insecure attachments start to develop secure attachments. Although by adolescence attachment categories are imbedded in personality and the brain, the changes in the brains of adolescents allow for the adolescent to have insight into their attachment patterns and the impact on their relationships. They are able to examine their relationships with parents, to reflect on their patterns in relationships with peers and other adults, to leave behind the harmful patterns of relating they learned from their families and to risk creating new patterns in their relationships.

This workshop will explore attachment in adolescents and examine the categories of attachment as they develop in adolescence. The workshop will present the latest information on brain development in adolescence and its implications for therapy. A model of treatment will be presented that focuses on family therapy for younger adolescents and individual therapy for older adolescents. Individual therapy is effective in helping older adolescents develop awareness of their early history and its influence on their present sense of self and patterns in relationships. The relationship with the therapist is the crucial vehicle for change. The goal of attachment focused therapy for adolescents is to help the adolescent become more secure and enter adulthood with the capacity for secure adult attachments.


Speaker Information

Annette Kussin MSW

Annette has a master’s degree in social work, is a registered marriage and family therapist and is an advanced attachment focused therapist. She worked in children’s mental health for over 30 years as a therapist, supervisor, manager, and clinical director. She was the owner/director of the Leaside Therapy Centre, a multi-discipline clinic in Toronto, for 10 years. She has had a private practice for over 30 years. She specializes in attachment focused therapy for adults, couples, adolescents, and adoptive families.

Annette has received advanced training in attachment focused therapy and has been a member of an advanced consultation group in this model of therapy. She offers consultation to mental health agencies and consultation/supervision to individual professionals. She provides training to organizations throughout Ontario including Wilfrid Laurier Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work, SickKids Center for Community Mental Health, Mission: Empowerment! and many other training organizations, children and adult mental health services and child welfare agencies in the area of attachment, trauma and brain development.

Annette has written and published her first book called It’s Attachment: a New Way of Understanding Yourself and Your Relationships. It is published by Guernica Editions and available on Amazon, Caversham Books and most book stores. Her second book Secure Parent, Secure Child will be released in 2023.

Course Objectives

The workshop will include:

  • Brief review of attachment theory.
  • Categories of child attachment
  • Adolescence and categories of Attachment
  • The adolescent brain.
  • Attachment focused family and individual therapy: stages of therapy.
  • Role of the therapist and understanding his/her own attachment.

Case examples, videos and exercises will be presented to demonstrate interventions.


Registration is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Payment may be made by cheque, payable to Solutions on Site. Cheque must accompany registration form. Registration by phone or e-mail accepted if cheque is received in the mail within two weeks of registration. Post dated cheques not acceptable for early registration.

Early Bird Rate (Before February 14th, 2022)
$185.00 plus hst = $209.05
Group Rate (3-5 people)
$175.00 plus hst = $197.75 per person
Group Rate (6 or more)
$165.00 plus hst = $186.45 per person
Regular Rate (After February 14th)
$195.00 plus hst = $220.35
For group rates, please contact us for an invoice and total quote.

Alternate Payment:
Payment can be made by debit or with a credit card through our secure PayPal checkout system . No registration to PayPal is necessary. Early bird rates available through checkout system.

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CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations received two weeks or more prior to the event will be eligible for a full refund, minus a $35 cancel fee. Cancellations received less than two weeks before the event are not eligible for a refund. However, you may send a colleague in your place.