Join us Sunday, May 24th at 4:30 p.m. for The Early Link Podcast: Season 1, Episode 20, featuring host Rafael Otto. Listen live at 99.1 FM in the heart of Portland – or online anywhere at

In this week’s episode, host Rafael Otto speaks with Glen Cooper, founder of Circle of Security, a program that helps parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators develop tools to form secure attachments with children and understand how to meet the needs of children who have experienced trauma.


Glen Cooper has been passionately involved in social services for almost forty years. He has extensive training in family therapy, object relations, and attachment theory. Prior to his 27 years in private practice, Glen worked as a teacher and director of a preschool for low-income children, a therapist for sexually abused children and their families, and a consultant with Spokane Head Start – a role he had for over 25 years.


Having learned that Circle of Security was being used as part of a pilot program for mothers at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, we were curious to learn more about how the program was developed. Cooper worked with colleagues Kent Hoffman and Bert Powell to combine those theories into an approach that allows parents, educators, and care givers to identify and address the underlying causes of challenging behaviors in children. In this interview, Glen also addresses the unique challenges facing incarcerated parents and how Circle of Security is being used at Coffee Creek and elsewhere to support parents who are in prison and their children.


Check out the Circle of Security website for more information about the program model and information regarding remote program facilitation.


Rafael Otto, Director of Communications, Children’s Institute

~ Thanks to Children’s Institute, working to ensure that every Oregon child has the best start in life ~