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Transforming Attachments
How do we progress from an insecure to secure attachment pattern, and what type of psychotherapy facilitates this process?

A 2-day conference with
Sarah Daniel, Professor Pasco Fearon, Tirril Harris, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr John Andrew Miller, Dr Mario Marrone, Professor Howard Steele, Professor Miriam Steele

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 February 2015

An attachment-sensitive approach to psychotherapy suggests that much psychopathology rests on early attachment problems with primary caregivers. Given that premise, the psychotherapist must ask if the focus of their work is to help the patient manage their attachment insecurity (by accommodating yet distancing the self from unsafe internal representations of the other) or, whether the process of therapy is to more profoundly shift that person's inner world from an insecure to secure attachment 'internal working model'. If the latter, how is that achieved? And how secure is "earned security?"

Our expert panel will spend two days examining research deliberating the answer to this question from the perspective of research findings and clinical experience. Come and join this fascinating discussion.


Sarah Daniel
Sarah I.F. Daniel is a clinical psychologist with a PhD in psychotherapy research, and is currently employed as associate professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen. She is a trained coder of the Adult Attachment Interview and has done research in the area of adult attachment and psychotherapy, focusing especially on the differential treatment implications of different kinds of attachment insecurity and on narrative and interactional markers of attachment patterns. Read more...

Professor Pasco Fearon
Pasco Fearon is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at University College London and joint Director of the UCL Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. He is also the Director of the Anna Freud Centre's Developmental Neuroscience lab, and a visiting member of the faculty at the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on early child development and particularly the role of attachment in risk for emotional and behavioural problems. Read more...

Tirril Harris
Tirril Harris divides her time between clinical work in private practice with adults and research in Social Psychiatry with George Brown, based at the Socio-medical Research Group, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London. The Brown-Harris model of depression, which has emerged from this colleagueship of some thirty years, succeeds in blending ideas from both medical sociology and psychoanalytic thought, particularly Attachment Theory, and in collecting data to verify these insights about the mutual influence between outer and inner worlds. Read more...

Professor Jeremy Holmes
Jeremy Holmes worked for 35 years as Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in the NHS. He was Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002. Now partially retired, he has a part-time private practice; set up and now teaches on the Masters/Doctoral psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and research programme at Exeter University, where he is visiting Professor; and lectures nationally and internationally. He has written 180 + peer reviewed papers and chapters in the field of Attachment Theory and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Read more...

Dr John Andrew Miller
After founding and directing the first London-based MA in Psychotherapy, John trained in Lowen's Bioenergetic Analysis and then Attachment Theory. Currently working individually with adults and providing cross-modality supervision, he also serves as external moderator, academic consultant, and tutor to several training programmes. His special interests include body-oriented psychotherapy, trauma work, transition management, as well as attachment theory and attachment issues. John is a past member of the Executive Committee of the International Attachment Network (London), and organized its successful lecture series 'The Connecting Thread of Attachment.' Read more...

Dr Mario Marrone
Dr Mario Marrone qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Rosario, Argentina (1973) and holds a Diploma in Psychiatry (Medical College of the Santa Fe Province, Argentina, 1976). He trained in group analysis at the Institute of Group Analysis (London) and in psychoanalysis at the Institute of Psycho-Analysis (London). He has had clinical supervision with a number of senior psychoanalysts, including Martin Miller, Patrick Casement, Pearl King and John Bowlby. He studied attachment theory with John Bowlby over a period of ten years. Read more...

Professor Howard Steele
Howard Steele, PhD, is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology, at the New School for Social Research in New York City. At the New School, Howard co-directs (with Prof Miriam Steele) the Center for Attachment Research. He is also senior and founding editor of the international bi-monthly journal, Attachment and Human Development, and publishes widely on the topics of parenting, attachment, loss, trauma, and emotion understanding across the lifespan and across generations. Read more...

Professor Miriam Steele
Miriam Steele, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, at the New School for Social Research in New York City. At The New School, Miriam co-directs (with Prof Howard Steele) the Center for Attachment Research. Dr Steele is also an Anna Freud Center trained psychoanalyst, and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Miriam initiated the London Parent-Child Project, a major longitudinal study of intergenerational patterns of attachment that gave rise to the concept of 'Reflective Functioning. Read more...


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Self-funded: £250
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CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 12 hours will be provided at the event

W12 Conference Centre
150 Artillery Lane
W12 0HS

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
13.00 Lunch
17.00 End

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
13.00 Lunch
17.00 End