August 2023 – Founding of the Association Netzwerk Bindung:
The topic of attachment has gained importance in various disciplines. It makes sense to build a multidisciplinary network. On August 23, 2023, an association named Netzwerk Bindung / Attachment Networkwill be founded. Five candidates, covering the fields of school psychology, psychotherapy, social work, and psychomotricity, are already prepared to constitute the board.
The aim of the association is to promote networking among interested individuals and institutions, to disseminate attachment-oriented knowledge and practice, and to initiate projects in this context or to support them through the acquisition of external funds.
If you are interested in a board position or could imagine to participate in the scientific and strategic advisory board, in projects or in the administration of the association, please contact me(email@example.com).
All those interested in the association are cordially invited to the founding meeting, even as a passive member you can become a founding member. The meeting will take place on 23.8.2023 in Lucerne/Emmen, at 16h followed by dinner. More information about the association and registration for the founding meeting: https://bondingboard.com/en/network
July 2023 – Professional distribution channels:
It is a big step: I have found two professional distribution channels for the BondingBoard.
Being included in the catalog of the test centers of the prestigious Hogrefe publishing house is a nice recognition and it is a pleasure to see the BondingBoard next to all the standard procedures I have used on a daily basis for years.
The reception at K2-Verlag is also most gratifying. K2 is a well-established publishing house that is primarily aimed at practitioners in the professional fields of preschool and school, remedial and special education, and other professionals in the pedagogical-therapeutic environment. It is thus the optimal complement to underline the wide multi-disciplinary applicability of the BondingBoard.
I am thus ending my own physical product sales in the EU region. Customers from the EU can now only order digital products via our homepage.
Customers from Switzerland and outside the EU can still order all products from https://bondingboard.com/en/shop.
The links to the new channels:
https://testzentrale.de, https://testzentrale.ch, https://hogrefe.com
https://k2-verlag.de, https://k2-verlag.at, https://k2-verlag.ch
June 2023 – Conference University of Paderborn:
At the end of June, the lecturers in teacher education in the specialization ‘Emotional-Social Development’ meet for a conference at the University of Paderborn. I may contribute there with Dr. Cécile Tschopp, lecturer at the PH Luzern, something on the topic of attachment. The title of the congress, “Dis-placed into Focus,” aims to offer unusual perspectives. We will let the participants look back and forth as Cécile Tschopp outlines pedagogically relevant aspects in the area of social-emotional development and I directly show how these can be presented and addressed with the bonding board. I’m looking forward to this ping pong match!
June 2023 – Lucerne University of Teacher Education:
I have been entrusted with a small external teaching assignment in the Master’s program in School Remedial Education, effective June 2023, to introduce the BondingBoard as a practice tool. The topic of attachment theory is already taught to students. It will be my task to show the possibilities of the BondingBoard as a practical tool, i.e. for reflection on student behavior, conversation with students and parents, and self-reflection. The course is attended by teachers working besides on a part-time basis. I am therefore looking forward to exciting feedback from this field of practice.
May 2023 – Chart for the BondingboardPLUS:
The BondingBoardPLUS contains additional colored lines on the axis of arousal level for trauma and depression. In order to better understand and communicate the processes involved in traumatic experiences, I have created a table for the PLUS extension that summarizes elements of trauma therapy from a variety of sources. Everything is assigned to a line on the arousal axis of the BondingBoardPLUS: Emotional terms matching the arousal level, physiological responses, the hormones that are important then, autonomic nervous system activity according to polyvagal theory, and the effects of arousal on memory during storage and retrieval. Thus, connected with the figure movements, the processes taking place in parallel can be vividly demonstrated.
April 2023 – Article in “Praxis Schulpsychologie” No.34:
The journal “Praxis Schulpsychologie” is the flagship of the School Psychology Section of the Professional Association of German Psychologists BDP, and is published by Deutscher Psychologen Verlag dpv. The current issue is dedicated to the topic of mentalizing, so a report on the BondingBoard fits perfectly into the From Research and Practice section. I am happy about this publication, which shows with some examples of questions how easy it is with the help of the bonding board to initiate thinking and talking about social relationships. Visualization makes it easier for people of all ages to put themselves in the shoes of a counterpart and at the same time become clear about their own emotional involvement. This is often the first step towards understanding and change. Full article:
Cite this article: Steinke, L. (2023). Mentalizing with the bonding board: Emotion-focused counseling for children, adolescents, parents, and teachers. Praxis Schulpsychologie, 9(34), 9-10.
“Praxis Schulpsychologie” can be subscribed to free of charge and back issues can be downloaded for free: https://www.praxis-schulpsychologie.de
April 2023 – Attachment & Trauma:
The bonding board gets a trauma-specific extension! The board, with its colored lines depicting the emotional state of arousal, is a very helpful tool to make clear the parallelisms of physiological and emotional states. In the vast majority of cases, the four-color everyday spectrum from calm to activated and stressed to anger and fear is fully sufficient. In case discussions, however, it became apparent that an expansion to include additional lines might be useful for understanding traumatic experiences. I was able to submit these considerations to Prof. Henri Julius in the sense of a theory-based review. These conversations have resulted in a beta version with the working title BondingBoardPLUS, which I am now offering to practitioners for beta testing.
It includes two purple bisected hyperarousal lines above the red line with the terms ‘rigid’ for the ‘freeze’ state and above that ‘paralyzed’ for ‘flop’.
Below the blue ‘calm’ line, another double line is added: Gray and labeled ‘slack’ corresponds to apathy and depressive listlessness, and below it again follows the ‘flop’ mentioned as the top line. More
April 2023 – First video tutorial in English:
The first tutorial video in English is online! It is a translation of the German video on my Youtube channel and describes in about five minutes how to use the ‘BondingBoard’. The bonding board is available in German and English, either as a game board or as an online app, and always includes an unlabeled version as well. Once clients know how the board works, we recommend using this version so they use their own words and don’t repeat the technical terms in the margins. Moreover, the board can be used by speakers of any language. Please share the new video with your non-German speaking friends and contribute to the spread of this versatile consulting tool worldwide! https://youtube.com/@bondingboard
March 2023 – Receiving the Swiss Child and Adolescent Psychology Award :
Every two years the Swiss Association for Child and Adolescent Psychology awards a promotion and recognition prize. “It serves to honor individuals, institutions, and projects that have made special contributions to the interests of child and adolescent psychology in practice, teaching or research.”
2022 Kurt Zwimpfer and Lothar Steinke were honored, especially for their long-standing commitment to postgraduate training for the specialist title in child and adolescent psychology. The general meeting at that time was still held online because of Covid. It was an honor to now to receive the deferred real round of applause at the 2023 General Meeting in the Alte Kaserne in Winterthur. Thank you very much!
February 2023 – Course announcements:
The new course offerings on the bonding board are live or in a virtual course room and bookable individually or as a combination: A basic course, advanced course and supervision. The courses provide in-depth insight and exercises for use in counseling, therapy, or case reflection. What is learned can be combined with different working methods: Behavioral, systemic, analytical, psychoeducational or pedagogical.
Info and registration: https://bondingboard.com/kurse
February 2023 – Facebook:
Now there is also a Facebook profile to the bonding board. It is written in English. Those who have activated the auto-translation to a different language will get a relatively good translation at the push of a button. You get to click Like and especially Share! Thank you!
January 2023 – Bonding board becomes standard procedure:
The following joyful news has reached me: “The bonding board has been included in our test list at the School Psychological Service of the Canton of Aargau as a ‘core test’ – which must be always available in all field offices.” Citation. Simon Walther, Regional Office Manager and Head of the Test Diagnostics Working Group.
It is gratifying that the bonding board, even if it is not yet a standardized diagnostic instrument, is counted among the illustrious circle of standard procedures for anamnesis, hypothesis generation and counseling. I myself, still at the School Psychological Service, used it in every registered case in the first year of its development. Whether with a child, a mother, a teacher, a therapist, a principal, whether on school performance, bullying, behavior, family, there was always a stress that could be addressed and on which added value could be generated. Once you start using it, you’ll be glad to have it at hand at all times. By the way: The cantons of St.Gallen and Solothurn are also equipped with bonding boards in all branches and many smaller services as well. However, standards take time in Switzerland. Mostly it varies “from canton to canton” – and where there are no cantonal offices – “from municipality to municipality”-own service over centuries.
January 2023 – YouTube channel:
A first video tutorial has been completed. In less than five minutes, the structure of the bonding board is explained and its use is simulated in a short example.
A second clip shows a 2-minute video sequence from the online app explaining the bonding board to children, parents, or teachers. It does not offer professionals new factual knowledge, but it can serve as an example of how to instruct clients.
This is the start to a YouTube channel …. I wish informative zapping-in again and again!
December 2022 – Presentation at the University of Zurich:
Thanks for the motivation boost for 2023! In December, I was invited by Prof. Dr. Guy Bodenmann to present the bonding board to the staff at the chair. He and his team have devoted decades to the topics of relationship, attachment, partnership, stress, and parenting in research, teaching, and practice. As expected, there were also critical questions.
The short conclusion:
Practice: Immediately applicable for therapy and counseling at the affiliated therapy site.
Theory: Adequately depicts attachment and stress responses; use in teaching under review.
Diagnostics: Interesting as a hypothesis generating tool, but there is still a long way to go before it becomes a standardised diagnostic tool.
It was emphasized as particularly helpful that the bonding board, in contrast to other visualization aids, does not merely provide a graphic or static setup, but is a dynamic instrument that does justice to the emotional and situational changes and can be intuitively used by the client.
With my background in school psychology, I often focus on developmental psychology. I was particularly pleased by the following statement from Prof. Bodenmann, which I am allowed to quote, as it underlines how much more broadly it can be applied: “The bonding board will also be very useful in couple therapy.”
Such judgments by experts who were not involved in the development provide impetus for 2023. I look forward to more exciting usage feedback from the UZH team.
December 2022 – First free lunch webinar:
Wednesday 14.12.2022, 12:30-13:30h.
An input on bonding and the bonding board followed by a Q&A session. If you like, present a case study from your everyday life and I will outline how the bonding board could be used in this context. …. To be continued ….
November 2022 – New offer … Online store counter:
Invite me to a team meeting. As an online guest, I like to show firsthand what the bonding board can do. In this way, you quickly place your critical questions and then clarify in the team whether the bonding board is suitable for your work. – And usually it is 🙂
Send your team meeting dates to:
hello (at) bondingboard.com
September 2022 – Advertising table at the International Attachment Conference in Ulm:
At the International Attachment Conference in Ulm, led by Prof. Karl Heinz Brisch, I was able to present the bonding board at a sales table. The ‘breaks’ between the presentations on the highly exciting congress topic “Disturbed bonds in digital times” were just as exciting: analog contact with a attachment expert audience.
September 2022 – Interviews:
The two semi-structured interview forms were further developed. The tendencies interview asks for basic patterns of dealing with stress and relationships and the situation interview helps to go through concrete stress or conflict situations step by step. They make getting started with the bonding board easy and versatile. If you want, you can read them off or modify them in many different ways. Versions 2.2 have been released and are now available for download in the store.
August 2022 – The board is here – the WebShop opens!
The box has now arrived hot off the press, in German and English. At the same time, a newer 18-page manual (official version V1) was released, which supplements the included Quick Start Guide and replaces the manual that was included with the previously available prototypes.
July 2022 – Training offers:
Workshop, presentation, supervision: Book an event, at your place, in our newly enlarged course rooms in the art silo in Lucerne-Emmen or as an online event.
May 2022 – Data collection in Schleswig-Holstein:
Two weeks in 5 schools around Lübeck. It was a pleasure to conduct the new interview form with 50 children. The sample focused on children ages 6 to 11 and included some with special education needs.
Ronja Bohnenkamp, University of Rostock, conducted the Separation Anxiety Test SAT with the same children, which will serve as a comparison value for convergent validity in the study.
April 2022 – Print order delayed:
Game manufacturers are experiencing long delivery times due to high demand caused by the Corona pandemic. Our order is revised in terms of production because of the more complicated double-layered figures. The release date is postponed to summer 2022. New prototypes are made for data collection.
March 2022 – Nomination for the SKJP Award:
The Executive Board of the Swiss Association for Child and Adolescent Psychology informs about the nomination of Kurt Zwimpfer and Lothar Steinke for the Recognition Award. In the justification, special reference is made to the merits in the postgraduate training for the child and adolescent psychology specialist title. Due to Corona, the general meeting cannot take place live. The personal handover is therefore postponed.
March 2022 – Online board:
The online bonding board app is ready even before the physical product comes off the press. It is intuitive to use, comes along clearly and with the clickable ‘parking lots’ for the figures it is even usable on a smartphone. Now you can try the bonding board worldwide for free!
January 2022 – Print job:
Final design adjustments are made. Translating it into English takes hours of Skype meetings with my cousin, Dr. Willi Steinke, a school psychologist and psychotherapist in Toronto. Long texts are easy to translate, but individual words of the board labeling were replaced several times, because they always failed to meet a criterion: Precise, conformity with the theoretical specifications, understandable for children, compatible with the German version.
Finally, the print job is awarded, to PikSieben, a game manufacturer in Germany.
December 2021 – Postponement of data collection:
Due to delays in approvals from the ministries, the data collection for the validation study in Schleswig-Holstein and consequently the trip to Lübeck must be postponed to spring 2022.
November 2021 – Training day for the SPD St.Gallen, in Quarten:
First full-day event for a larger team. The School Psychology Service of the Canton of St.Gallen dared to book an advanced training for the entire 50-member team when the bonding board was only available as a prototype. Thank you for the trust!
November 2021 – Presentation at the 2nd Swiss School Psychology Congress in Biel:
After a few presentations in small professional circles, the bonding board was presented live in public here for the first time.
October 2021 – The study:
In several stages, the validation study was prepared at the University of Rostock.
Now the details of the study regarding the bonding board have also been determined.
Attachment patterns are activated under stress. It is to be feared that pure self-assessment questions would therefore generate less meaningful answers with children. Thus, for the interviews with the bonding board with children, stories were developed which are based on other story procedures, but are closer to everyday life, induce less high stress, and are easier to evaluate thanks to the recording of the figure movements on the bonding board.
September 2021 – Company foundation and contract awards:
Investments in product development were on the agenda. Six Eyes AG/Ltd. was founded. The name is intended to symbolize the fact that problem solving always involves the views of several parties: Client, environment and professional.
The terms for the rows and columns of the board are finalized, and the columns are expanded from three to four.
The first development contracts were awarded:
Graphic revision of the prototype to the finished product: Julia Herzog, graphic designer, Zurich.
Development of two online apps, one for an online board, usable from PC to smartphone and one for a diagnostic screening: Koboldgames, Brugg.
Trademark protection: TrollerLaw, Lucerne.
The design of the company logo was given to our Cuban artist friend: Joaquin Bolivar Thomas, Santiago de Cuba.
September 2021 – Presentation at the Federal Conference of School Psychology:
It was an honor to be able to present the bonding board publicly for the first time at the congress celebrating the 100th anniversary of school psychology in Germany. Lothar Steinke presented the product, which only exists as a prototype, and Ronja Bohnenkamp explained the structure of the planned validation study at the University of Rostock. The ‘Bundeskonferenz BUKO 2021’ was held virtually ‘in Hannover’ as an online conference due to Covid restrictions.
August 2021 – Interviews:
Various standard questions and experimental interview forms that proved successful in the first year of development are being combined into two interview templates and made available as beta versions to facilitate getting started with the bonding board.
They are suitable as an exploration tool to talk to parents or teachers about attachment-related topics or to break down the relationship-related parts of behavioral problems with children. User feedback was solicited.
August 2021 – Homepage:
Nowadays, every company starts with a homepage… Even if there was nothing to buy for the time being.
August 2020 to July 2021 – The bonding board is developed:
Our school psychology team set an annual goal to increase the use of visualization aids in counseling. Since I couldn’t find anything satisfactory for the subject of attachment, I started experimenting with my own models. On one day of the course, I presented a prototype to Henri Julius. After various adjustments, he opined in April 2021 that the instrument had now matured to the point where it could be published and offered the option of including it in a validation study planned at the Institute in Rostock. It was clear that this would require a lot of preliminary work. I decided to take a chance on this and resigned from my longtime school service director and school psychology position.
November 2018 – 1st Swiss School Psychology Congress in Biel:
In November 2018, I attended the first Swiss School Psychology Congress with my entire school psychology team of the Rothenburg/Lucerne School Service at that time. We were so enthusiastic about Prof. Henri Julius’ lecture that we approached him personally during the break and asked if he would be willing to give a larger continuing education course focusing on attachment-oriented work in school psychology. This was finally implemented in 2019/20 by the professional association SKJP and various continuation events have followed since then.