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From Collusion and Collision to Collaboration
How the therapist's own attachment patterns shape therapy
2-day seminar led by Dr David Wallin

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 July 2014

Friday 11 July 2014
09.30   Registration and coffee

Our capacity to create a secure base
Just as the child's original attachment relationships make development possible, it is ultimately the new relationship of attachment with the therapist that allows the patient to change. Our ability to provide a secure base will largely depend upon our own attachment history-and our relationship to that history. To set the stage for exploring the impact of our own psychology, David Wallin will discuss how therapists can attempt to generate a secure base and in the process help their patients to deconstruct the attachment patterns of the past, to construct new ones in the present, and to integrate previously dissociated experience.
11.15   Coffee

Patient and therapist: the interaction of attachment patterns as a source of healing or impasse
The healing potential of the therapeutic relationship is ultimately determined by the interaction between the attachment patterns of the patient and those of the therapist - which often emerge from a history of trauma. Failing to attend to the impact of our own attachment patterns, we usually repeat them, often compromising our efforts to create a secure base. By contrast, recognizing the hand of our past in the present can loosen its grip, while also revealing the ways in which own attachment patterns and those of the patient are meaningfully related. David will discuss how our attachment patterns shape not only how we relate but also what we know-sense, feel, think, and remember. Such patterns can be sources of insight (we know others most deeply on the basis of what we know about ourselves) but also of impasse (our ability to know others will be limited by what we are unable or unwilling to know about ourselves).
13.00   Lunch break (please note that lunch is not included at this venue)

Self-assessment: what was my dominant childhood attachment experience?
With the help of The PASQ (Primary Attachment Style Questionnaire) this session will help clinicians to assess their own attachment patterns (secure, dismissing, preoccupied, and/or unresolved), to consider their original attachment figures and the nature of their influence; to begin to notice the impact of (previously) dissociated experience.
15.45   Tea

Attachment, trauma, and shame in the choice to become a therapist: exploring the pathway from "parentified" child to wounded healer
David will propose that a common career trajectory for the future therapist begins with trauma to which we adapt with the "controlling-caregiving strategy" identified by attachment researchers. From this perspective, being a therapist could be viewed darkly as a kind of repetition compulsion. But the same history which imposes hazards (including a propensity to shame) can also be a source of clinical insight, wisdom, and inspiration. The impact of trauma and shame on the therapist's work-particularly with traumatized patients-will be explored with the support of the Early Trauma Inventory-Self-Report.
17.30   End

Saturday 12 July 2014
08.30   Social dreaming matrix led by Laurie Slade
09.45   Registration and coffee

The Attachment Patterns of the Therapist and Their Implications for Treatment
This session will explore how we can identify our attachment own patterns as they play out in our relationship with our patients. David will also explore how it might inform our understanding and interventions to recognize that we are presently lodged in a state of mind that is secure, insecure, or unresolved. The ECR-Experiences in Close Relationships selfreport-will be used to help you assess your present attachment patterns.
11.15   Coffee

Helpful therapy, unhelpful therapy, and pseudo-therapy
Researchers have identified guidelines for treatment that can be easier to articulate than to implement. The guidelines help us know what we should do; then there are the realities of what we actually are doing; and finally, in light of the guidelines and actualities, are our efforts to do the best that we can do. David will articulate the guidelines and help us to identify what impedes their implementation. In particular he will clarify the challenges that arise when working with patients whose attachment patterns either match or conflict with our own. He will also enable us to recognize and wake from the trance of our default mode of functioning when as therapists we are on autopilot.
13.00   Lunch break (please note that lunch is not included at this venue)

How the attachment patterns of therapist and patient interlock: from collusion and collision to collaboration
David will describe the matrix of enactments that can arise depending on the attachment pattern of the therapist as it intersects with that of the patient, focusing in particular on enactments that play out around the financial and time boundaries of treatment. Through identifying some common collusions and collisions, the goal will be to help you identify some of the enactments in which you are regularly vulnerable to becoming ensnared.
15.45   Tea

What is to be done? Mindfulness and mentalizing in action: exploring interacting attachment patterns as they unfold
In this final session, David will convey how mindfulness and mentalizing must be enlisted to identify and understand enactments, and to transform treatment impasses into opportunities for insight and new experience, not only for the patient but for the therapist as well.
17.30   End

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  • Whole event: £300
  • Whole event: £400
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 13 hours will be provided at the event

The Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Thornhaugh Street

Both days:
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
17.30 End