COSP Facilitator Training

In-Person Live Training

Our October 2023 COSP facilitator training has been rescheduled for

Tuesday, March 12 – Friday, March 15, 2024

Join the PCC and instructor Neil Boris, MD, in Cary, NC.

One Eleven Place
111 Realtors Way
Cary, NC 27513
Ballroom C

Registration for this training is now open on the COSI website.

Anyone providing parenting education and/or counseling to parents of young children can benefit from training in the Circle of Security® Parenting approach – including social workers, pediatricians, early childhood educators, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, home visitors, family support workers, outreach workers, and behavior support specialists.

Circle of Security Parenting can be used with individuals and in groups, in agencies, or in private practice, and in a variety of community settings, such as preschools, primary schools, faith-based organizations, adoption agencies, pediatric or OB/GYN offices, La Leche League, mental health clinics, substance abuse programs, departments of social services, prisons, public health clinics, community health centers, and family medicine practices.

Please note: The Circle of Security Parenting video may only be used by those who have completed the 4-day training. Completion of the 4-day training does not grant permission to train others in the use of Circle of Security Parenting materials.

Registration for this training will be open in late fall. Check the COSI website for updates.

The cost for the four-day training is $1000 (includes COSP video content, COSP training manual, parent handouts, access to online resources, and license to use the above materials to implement the COSP program with caregivers).

Group rates: Groups of 5-9 people will receive a 10% discount; groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount.

The PCC will award grants to selected nonprofits and other organizations to cover half ($500) of the cost of tuition for up to two staff or volunteers from each organization. The grants will be reimbursed to the organization two weeks after the participant’s successful completion of the COSP facilitator training program. For more information and a scholarship application, contact Deb Mugno.

8:30-9:00 Sign in and registration
9:00-10:30 Session 1
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Session 2
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Session 3
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:30 Session 4

Raleigh-Durham (RDU) International (9 minutes, 5 miles away)

Embassy Suites (next to the training venue)
201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 27513
(919) 677-1840

There are several dozen nearby hotels in the area, especially at the airport. All hotels at RDU are within 10 minutes of the training venue. User your web browser to search RDU hotels for a complete list.

Moe’s Southwest (walking distance)
127 Weston Pkwy, Cary, NC 27513

First Watch (walking distance)
137 Weston Pkwy, Cary, NC 27513

Bonefish Grill (walking distance)
2060 Renaissance Park Place

Burger Fi (walking distance)
2052 Renaissance Place

There is also a Starbucks, Burger King, and Chick-fil-A within walking distance and multiple other eateries within a few miles.

  • Describe the attachment theory that provides the underpinnings for the Circle of Security Parenting program.
  • Describe the attachment research that provides the underpinnings for the Circle of Security Parenting program.
  • Explain the long-term benefits of shifting caregiver focus from behavior management to enhancing the relationship quality.
  • Utilize group process and video clips of parent-child interactions to support increased empathy in caregivers.
  • Explain the concept of reflective functioning.
  • Describe the specific steps to building self-reflection in caregivers.
  • Utilize the Circle of Security graphic to explain the concepts of a secure base and safe haven.
  • Utilize the Circle of Security Graphic to explain the parent’s role in supporting the child’s need to explore the world and receive comfort and protection.
  • Identify new strategies to use with caregivers to improve the regulation of emotions in their children.
  • Describe what is meant by disorganized attachment.
  • Describe what types of parental behaviors are associated with disorganized attachment in their children.
  • Describe step-by-step approaches for promoting secure attachment in children.
  • Utilize reflective questioning to help caregivers compassionately examine their limitations as parents.
  • Explain the concept of relational rupture and repair.
  • Describe typical patterns of relational rupture whereby caregivers lose their capacity to be bigger, stronger, wiser, and kind.
  • Describe how parents can use their internal distress signals (“shark music”) to identify moments of struggle in meeting their child’s attachment needs.
  • Explain what is meant by co-regulation of emotional experience.
  • Describe how a child’s resiliency may be strengthened by the parental stance of “bigger, stronger, wiser, and kind.”

Neil Boris, MD
Research Liaison and Medical Director

Neil BorisDr. Neil Boris was an early adopter of the COS model, connecting with COPS founders Glen Cooper, Kent Hoffman, and Bert Powell in the late 1990s. He began working with the intensive therapy model in 2003 and, once COS-Parenting came on the scene, with that program. He started training in 2014, joined COSI part-time in 2017, and took his current position at the start of 2018. He is the first point of contact for those interested in conducting research on any of the COS models and helped develop the Fidelity Coaching pathway. Beyond research support and Fidelity Coaching, Dr. Boris is engaged with many colleagues worldwide on projects from adding to and updating our website to helping create eLearning content. He’s particularly excited about helping to reshape the pathway to training in COS-Intensive. He continues to enjoy training providers online and in person.

Dr. Boris’ background as a physician focused on child psychiatry and his time in academia as a professor is the root of his lifelong passions in clinical work and research. As a professor in public health and medicine at Tulane University for more than a decade, he co-led the mental health service for children with medical illness, worked with parents struggling with substance misuse, developed a statewide program for high-risk children under five, and helped create programs for orphaned children in Malawi and Rwanda.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance from Circle of Security International (COSI) once they complete a COSI program evaluation. Social workers may use this certificate to document up to 24 CE hours in all states of the US, except in California, Michigan, and West Virginia.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas (PCC) designates this program as eligible for up to 24 CE hours for Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors and 24 credits for psychologists.* Physicians are eligible to receive up to 24 Category 1 credits. Letters of attendance will be provided to all other attendees. See below for details. You must complete the PCC evaluation form to receive Continuing Education credits.

Childcare Providers are eligible to receive up to 24 credit hours (please submit certificate from COSI to your Center Director). NC Certified Teachers are eligible to receive up to 1 CE credit per 10 contact hours (please click here to submit certificate from COSI).

*NOTE: Psychologists must attend all instructional hours daily to receive CE credit through the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA does not allow giving partial credit. If you are a psychologist registering for the program, please contact the PCC administrator for additional information.

Instruction will be given at an introductory to intermediate level.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)** to disclose within eligible companies** whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

**Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas and Circle of Security International (COSI) are cosponsors of this program. This cosponsorship has been approved by NBCC. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

– Updated July 2021 –

Watch the video to learn more about Circle of Security Parenting