Community Programs

Circle of Security® Parenting

A secure attachment between child and caregiver is critical to a child’s current and future well-being. University-based research has shown that secure children have increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enter school more ready to learn, and are able to handle their emotions better than their less secure peers. As they grow older, secure children become less likely to live in poverty, have legal problems, or experience chronic emotional difficulties.

The Circle of Security® Parenting is an innovative program designed to improve the relationship between parents and their children. Starting with an accessible and "user-friendly” description of attachment theory, Circle of Security integrates decades of early child development research into a video-based intervention that strengthens parents’ abilities to observe and improve their caregiving skills.

MindPlay – A Psychoanalytic Discussion

MindPlay invites the community to experience and discuss psychoanalytic theory in a fun and interactive way. This series of psychoanalytic discussions is held after theater productions of the PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theatre in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A trained psychoanalyst will explore emotion, character and relationships in the play, and invite lively audience participation.

MindPlay discussions take place immediately after productions on selected Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees, typically in Classroom 135. They are free and open to the public. MindPlay is hosted by PlayMakers Repertory Company and sponsored by the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas.