Building Connections in Classrooms Using the Circle of Security Intervention

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn the the CoS model.
  2. learn the outcomes and benefits of the CoS intervention.
  3. learn the adaptation of the CoS intervention for integration in the school setting.
  4. learn the role of the school psychologist in CoS intervention implementation.


This presentation is intended to introduce school psychologists to the Circle of Security (CoS) model, and explore its adaptation for classroom use. COS is an evidence-based reflective caregiving model, with a goal of cultivating secure attachments by improving caregiver (educator) reflective capacity, specifically when confronted with challenging behavior. Participants will leave with an understanding of the CoS model and how it may be utilized in classrooms for consideration in their practice.



Justine J. Vecchiarelli, Duquesne University
Sarah E. Rea, Duquesne University
Karl Jancart, Duquesne University
Kara E. McGoey, Duquesne University


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