Circle of Security Parenting™

What is Circle of Security?

The Circle of Security is a visual map to help you understand your child’s behaviour and what their attachment needs are at different times. Learn to see when your child is going out to explore and needing you to watch over, delight, help, or enjoy with them. Learn to see when your child is coming in for comfort, needs you to delight in them, protect them or organise their feelings.


Learn effective ways to understand and respond to your child’s needs and behaviour


What is the Circle of Security Parenting™ program

The Circle of Security Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. You can gain an understanding of what gets in the way of being able to meet your child’s needs on the circle, including “shark music” (triggers), mis-cueing and what you can do about these, in the context of a loving and supporting group. The program can also be delivered individually on request.

Who is the program for?

Parents and carers of children all ages.

The program can benefit those who want to:

  • Feel supported to navigate parenting challenges.
  • Gain a sense of community and connection among other parents in the group.
  • Understand the ways that you as a parent serve as a secure base for your child/ children.
  • Increase your awareness of your child’s needs.
  • Learn how to develop a positive and secure relationship with your child.
  • Learn how to read your child’s needs and understand their emotional world.
  • Gain an understanding of your own parenting style (strengths and weakness) and how that may differ from your partners’ style.
  • Find ways of working as a parenting team together.
  • Learn strategies for regulating your child’s big emotions.
  • Become consistent with your parenting style so your child can develop to their full potential, feeling safe and secure.

It is beneficial if couples can attend the program together.

How does the program work?

  • Small group setting consisting of 6 – 12 other parents.
  • Online Teams meeting, once a week for 6 weeks.
  • Digital handouts send via email.
  • Recording of each session provided to attendees.
  • Certificate of Attendance on completion of the program.

Learn more and watch a short video on the Circle of Security International website


Term 3 Course Details

Date: 6 week online program, starting July 2024

Week 1, Online – Tuesday 16th July

Week 2, Online – Tuesday 23rd July

Week 3, Online – Tuesday 30th July

Week 4, Online – Tuesday 6th August

Week 5, Online – Tuesday 13th August

Week 6, Online – Tuesday 20th August

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Total course cost: $640 per person or $760 per couple 

(Breakdown: cost per session $107 per person or $127 per couple)

Platform: The course will be delivered via Teams

Presenters: Vivienne Williams and Despena Demetriou

Watch our Free Information Evening Video


Recording By: Michelle Cloete and Vivienne Williams

COSP Free Information Evening

Register interest to attend Circle of Security free information evening.

Do you have NDIS funding?

If you are NDIS self-managed or third-party managed, and parent education is included in your child’s plan, you can use NDIS funding to attend this event.


*Cancellations – we require 14 days notice for a full refund. No refunds provided for less than 14 days notice but a credit note, against future Kids Matters seminars, will be issued.