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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy

With Dr Christopher Clulow, Linda Cundy, Jenny Riddell, Kate White and Judy Yellin

Saturday 9 July 2016

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Kate White

Daring to become known: the taboo on tenderness
I would like to discuss how an attachment and relational framework provides a secure enough base for us as therapists and clients to help navigate and understand the often confusing and complex emotional dynamics of therapeutic relationships where the risk of becoming attached is at stake. Within a culture where there is a “taboo on tenderness” I want to explore whether the fear of becoming attached is routinely underestimated so valorising the injunction to face the lack of provision, with its consequent rage and anger, within the therapeutic encounter before the even greater risk of becoming attached is begun. How do we face the desire and longing, with its potential disappointment and loss, if we dare to become known intimately at both an emotional and corporeal level? We will explore the attachment and relational patterns which protect both therapist and client from becoming profoundly engaged.
10.50   Coffee
11.20   Jenny Riddell

How close is close enough or too close? Proximity and attachment in the therapy room
Attunement is a key concept in attachment theory and is played out in many ways in the consulting room. This presentation will explore how attunement is negotiated, experienced and then creatively developed through proximity between therapist and client/s in the clinical setting. Rupture and repair will be discussed as well as the unexpected intrusions which disrupt affect. Clinical examples from individual and couple work will be offered for discussion and as a bridge to your own clinical experience.
12.10   Dr Christopher Clulow

The therapeutic process from an attachment perspective
This talk will consider some implications of attachment theory for therapeutic process, especially in terms of its mutative potential. Implicit communications, often expressed through behaviour, make up the temporal region I describe as being 'before' interpretation, whose impact may well go 'beyond' verbal interpretation in terms of its mutative effects. This distinction can also be used to distinguish between interpretations that underline the significance of present behaviour as a repetition of the past (in this sense 'going before') and those that focus on its function in trying to achieve an aspired-to future ('going beyond').
13.00   Lunch (Not included at this venue)
14:15   Discussion
14:45   Judy Yellin

Beyond Empathy: the therapeutic tasks of attachment-based psychotherapy
Attachment theory, and its clinical applications, rightly emphasise the centrality of the therapist's empathy and sensitive responsiveness to our relationally traumatized clients. However, there is more to working from an attachment based framework than empathic holding. As therapists we often find ourselves facing the distrust, rage and emotional dysregulation that can follow as consequences of poor early attachments. This can make the negotiation of even apparently straightforward interactions between ourselves and our clients onerous and complex. What are the therapeutic challenges and tasks in working with severe attachment disorders? What internal resources and theoretical tools do we need to cultivate to develop the resilience to do this work? How can understandings from relational psychoanalysis help us and our clients to move beyond empathy and towards intersubjectivity?
15.35   Tea
15:50   Linda Cundy

Dismantling the brick wall: working with resistance in attachment-based psychotherapy
The aim of psychotherapy is earned security - helping clients develop greater tolerance of intimacy and a greater capacity for autonomy. The key to bringing about deep change is mourning for what has been lost and what has never been, but we often meet a powerful resistance to mourning and therapeutic intervention. This presentation will explore the attachment dynamics underlying resistance and propose specific approaches to working with dismissing and preoccupied clients' fears about relinquishing their specific defences.
16.40   Discussion
17.00   End

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Early bird: £110 (Sold out)
Self-funded: £130 (Available)
Self-funded x 2: £190 (Available)
Self-funded (with the online module The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy): £265 (Available)
Organisationally-funded: £220 (Available)

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
10:50 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:25 Tea
17:00 End