Alivia Irwin, LCSW

Circle of security parenting

Parenting Course


Circle of Security Parenting is a group for parents of children ages 4 months to 6 years of age. I have been a children’s therapist for 15 years and have worked with children and families professionally for 21 years and I am one of 3 individuals in the state of Utah registered to provide this course. It has been created from over 60 years of attachment research and neuroscience. From the Circle of Security website:

At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

Using the COSP™ model developed by the Circle of Security originators, our trained Facilitators work with parents and care-givers to help them to:

·         Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs

·         Support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions

·         Enhance the development of their child's self esteem

·         Honor the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure

From Dan Siegel, co-author of The Whole Brain Child and No Drama Discipline, and leader in the fields of attachment and neuroscience:

“Building on the newest findings of neuroscience, this approach can offer you the latest and best on how to raise your children. Attachment research has shown that those children who are fortunate to develop what is called ‘secure’ attachment are most likely to grow into caring, thoughtful, reflective, emotionally and socially intelligent, resilient individuals who thrive. If this is what you are looking for in your child’s future, the Circle of Security approach to parenting will show you how to optimize growth toward these life-affirming traits.”

At the bottom of this page are three short videos from Circle of Security International that will give you an idea of what this course will be like.

This is an 8 week course and each session is 1 1/2 hours long. It is held in my office in Bountiful, Utah, and is limited to 9 people each session. Because it is so highly specialized it is $50 per session for a total of $400 for the group, payable before the start of the group. If you are unable to attend a session at your scheduled time you can make it up during the other group - for example, if you are unable to make it on Tuesday April 9th you are welcome to attend Thursday April 11th. Please give advanced notice if you need to do this.

No Summer Sessions. Have a great summer break!

Let me know in the form below under the course day section what days and times would work for you in the fall.


To register for the current sessions of Circle of Security please fill out the information below. You will receive an email from me with a link to a secure portal where you can receive your confirmation of the group and group details and enter your credit card information.

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