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We are the Tools of Our Trade - How the Therapist's own Attachment Patterns Shape Therapy
A 2-day seminar led by Dr David Wallin

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June 2013

Friday 21 June 2013
09.30   Registration

Attachment in Psychotherapy: Transformation through Relationship-and Relationship Takes Two
No other empirically based framework tells us more than attachment theory about how we become who we are and how we can change who we have become. Essentially the research reveals that, in childhood and psychotherapy alike, development and change occur primarily in the context of co-created attachment relationships. As Bowlby wrote, the therapist's role is analogous to that of a mother who provides her child with a secure base from which to explore the world. But as a parent or a therapist, our ability to provide a secure base will largely depend upon our own history and our relationship to that history. To set the stage for exploring the impact of our own psychology, David Wallin will spell out 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. Critical to this effort are the therapist's abilities to work with the nonverbal dimension of the relationship, to be as present as possible, and to reflect.
11.15   Coffee

Part I. Nonverbal Experience and the Domain of the Dissociated (what can't be spoken will be evoked, enacted, and embodied)
Given that preverbal experience makes up the emotional core of the self, David Wallin will discuss how we can use our subjective experience, the enactments we co-create with our patients, and the language of emotion and the body to access disowned and dissociated experience.

Part II: How We Move from Embeddedness to Mentalizing and Mindfulness
Because changing our stance toward experience actually changes the nature of that experience, he will discuss the importance of cultivating in ourselves and strengthening in our patients the capacity for an increasingly reflective (mentalizing) and mindful stance toward experience.
13.00   Lunch break (please note that lunch is not included at this venue)

Why Focus on the Therapist?
The fact that the parent's security, insecurity, and trauma are regularly transmitted to the child suggests that not only as parents, but also perhaps as therapists, our ability to help generate a secure attachment relationship with the patient will be shaped by our own attachment history-and our relationship to that history. David will discuss how our attachment patterns affect not only how we relate but also what we are able to know-to 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).
15.45   Tea

Identifying the Therapist's Attachment Patterns
This session will help clinicians to assess their own patterns attachment (secure, dismissing, preoccupied, and/or unresolved), to consider their original attachment figures and the nature of their influence, and to begin to notice the impact of (previously) dissociated experience.
17.30   End

Saturday 22 June 2013
09.30   Registration

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.
11.15   Coffee

Committed to Healing, the Compulsion to Heal: Attachment, Trauma, and the Therapist
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.
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
This session will discuss the matrix of enactments that 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.
15.45   Tea

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

Self-funded £300
Organisationally-funded : £480
CPD Hours

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

The Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
20-28 Bolsover Street

09.30 Coffee and registration
10.00 Start
13.00 Lunch break
17.30 End

Tea, herbal drinks, coffee and biscuits will be served twice each day