Adolescent Health Lab

Connect Attachment Programs

is an evidence-based 10-week manualized group program for parents and alternate caregivers of pre-teens and teens who struggle with significant behaviour problems and mental health issues. Co-developed over the last 10 years by the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre and Dr. Marlene Moretti of Simon Fraser University, the program focuses on the core components of secure attachment to promote children’s social, emotional and behavioural adjustment.

Rather than teach the A-B-C’s of parenting, Connect helps caregivers understand basic attachment concepts which can then be applied across a broad range of situations and relational contexts. A strength-based approach to supporting families, Connect is consistent with trauma-informed practice and is offered by a variety of professionals in settings such as schools, community agencies and mental health offices. We have translated the program from English into French, Swedish, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish.

Use the information on this website to learn more about Connect or contact us if you are interested in training to be a Connect leader, referring a client to a Connect group, or enrolling in a Connect group yourself!