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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships

The Traumatised Mother's Inner World:

Implications for the Child's Development

With speakers Dr Gwen Adshead and Dr Amanda Jones

Saturday 15 June 2019 - London

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Dr Gwen Adshead

The mother in mind: Disorganised attachment and maternal mental health
The maternal state of mind is a major influence on how babies develop their first sense of self and first relational skills. Much attention has been paid to maternal depression, anxiety and psychosis in the postnatal period but less to maternal personality dysfunction. In this talk, Gwen will discuss maternal personality disorder and how it can be understood as unresolved and disorganised attachment distress. She will review some published literature on attachment and postnatal disturbances, as well as maternal personality dysfunction. She will discuss what interventions might be helpful based on current evidence. We will ask how common is maternal personality disorder? What are its effects? How is it affected by the maternal role? What is the relevance of attachment theory and concepts such as unresolved or disorganised attachment?
11.30   Coffee
12.00   Dr Gwen Adshead - Live Supervision
13.00   Discussion
13.30   Lunch
14.30   Dr Amanda Jones

When a mother's capacity to care for her baby is impaired
Basing this presentation on her vast experience of working with mothers who struggle to care for their children, Amanda will explore case material that illustrates how to intervene and help clients who are finding it hard to care for their baby. She will talk about how the mother's state of mind can become disturbed by the maternal role, what this can mean for her baby. Using the term serious parental illness, she will focus on how a mother's caregiving capacities can be affected by the chronic activation of unconscious defensive processes
16.00   Tea
16.30   Discussion with our speakers
17.00   End

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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Psychotherapy trainee: £80 (sold out)
This event + the online module Applications of Attachment Theory: £210

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

6th Floor
Foyles Bookshop
107 Charing Cross Road

09.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Start
11:30 Coffee
13:30 Lunch
16:00 Tea
17:00 End