Circle of Security-Home Visiting-4 (COS-HV4)

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About This Program

Target Population: Families with children younger than 6 years old in high-risk populations such as child enrolled in Early Head Start, teen moms, or parents with irritable babies

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 5

Brief Description

COS-HV4 is a version of Circle of Security that includes a mandatory home visiting component consisting of 4 home visits. The overall Circle of Security protocol focuses on:

  • Teaching caregivers the fundamentals of attachment theory (i.e., children’s use of the caregiver as a secure base from which to explore and a safe haven in times of distress) by introducing a user-friendly graphic to the caregivers that they can refer to throughout the program
  • Exploring not only parenting behaviors but also internal working models
  • Presenting caregivers with a simple structure for considering the ways in which their internal working models influence their cognitive, affective, and behavioral responses to their children, thus helping caregivers gain awareness and understanding of the nonconscious, problematic responses they sometimes have to their children’s needs

The Circle of Security approach provides caregivers with the skills to understand their children’s behavior, and the skills to understand and regulate their own cognitive, affective, and behavioral responses to their children.

Program Goals:

The goals of Circle of Security- Home Visiting – 4 (COS-HV4) are:

  • Increase security of attachment of the child to the parent
  • Increase parent’s ability to read child’s cues
  • Increase empathy in the parent for the child
  • Decrease negative attributions of the parent regarding the child’s motivations
  • Increase parent’s capacity to self-reflect
  • Increase parents capacity to pause, reflect, and choose security promoting caregiving behaviors
  • Increase parent’s capacity to regulate stressful emotional states triggered by the child’s behavior

Contact Information

Bert Powell, MA
Agency/Affiliation: Circle of Security
Phone: (509) 462-2024
Fax: (509) 455-4112

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2014