Welcome to Circle of Security

The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.

Watch the Being-With & Shark Music Video

Downloadable Circle of Security Animation Video

At the heart of the Circle of Security is the art of Being-With. This capacity includes knowing what gets in the way, something we call “Shark Music.” With the help of our talented friends at Hands Up in England, we now have an animation to easily explain these key COS concepts.

We want you to feel free to share this clip in any way you see helpful. (In your COS-P groups, social media, personal or agency website, email to friends and clients, public presentations, etc.) It is meant to be shared!

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Kudos for Circle of Security

“In piloting Circle of Security Parenting©, I watched parents integrate new insights rapidly and effortlessly. A new sense of understanding and confidence followed, allowing them to respond to their children in ways that were noticeably more secure.”

Angeles Morcuende, M.D.
University of Iowa

“The Circle of Security Parenting© DVD is an outstanding contribution and a “must see” for parents of young children. Focusing on how parent/child relationships can be strengthened, this unique approach teaches parents and those helping them new ways to understand children’s needs and behavior. It also offers effective ways to respond to these needs and behaviors. I have found it invaluable in my own work with parents of young children.”

Charles H. Zeanah, M.D.
Tulane University School of Medicine
Editor of Handbook of Infant Mental Health