The Traumatised Mother’s Inner World

Saturday 15 June 2019 - London

Implications for the Child's Development

This seminar aims to elaborate the significance of the mother’s emotional capacities on her baby’s forming mental health. Our two presenters will consider how far attachment, systemic and psychoanalytic theories can help us to support psychologically fragile mothers so they can grow in their capacity and confidence in offering maternal love. In particular, we will focus on women who have experienced serious and ongoing emotional adversity in life. Problematic emotional states can suddenly emerge on giving birth, sometimes fulfilling psychiatric diagnostic criteria such as a “personality disorder” but often in women who do not have any previously diagnosed emotional condition.

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FULL PROGRAMME

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

FEES

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

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

VENUE

6th Floor
Foyles Bookshop
107 Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0DT
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SCHEDULE

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

BOOKING CONDITIONS

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