Testing and scaling the Attachment and Child Health (ATTACH™) online program for broader availability
ATTACH™ is an evidence-based, psychoeducational parenting program designed to help parents affected by adversity, such as family violence, depression and low-income, promote the mental health and development of their preschool-aged children. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child named ATTACH™ a prestigious Frontiers of Innovation project. ATTACH™ was singled out for its ground-breaking impacts on children’s mental health and development by building parents’ reflective function (i.e., insight into their own and their children’s thoughts and feelings). ATTACH™ also improves children’s attachment security and children’s immune cell gene expression linked to inflammation. Following successful pilot testing and implementation of the in-person program, we will test, scale, and spread ATTACH™ online across Alberta with 10 agencies, including eight women’s shelters serving mothers and children affected by family violence, an agency serving parents and children affected by mental health problems, and an agency serving low-income teen mothers and their infants.
Lead organization: University of Calgary
Contact: Dr. Nicole Letourneau, firstname.lastname@example.org