The Neuroscience of Attachment: helping clients move from co-regulation to self-regulation

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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wesley Conference Centre

Presenter: Dr. Ruth Lawson-McConnell

Attachment theory originally was developed as a trauma theory (Bowlby, 1989) but is now conceptualised more as a regulation theory (Schore, 2009). Our therapeutic work with clients often involves working with a wide range of emotions, varying from muted to very strong emotional reactions. Emotional regulation forms the foundation of emotional intelligence and overall wellbeing in our clients. In the attachment we form with our clients, the research has shown that the more securely attached the client is with the therapist (co-regulation), the greater their capacity to regulate their emotions (self-regulation), which otherwise would have been too overwhelming for them to cope with on their own.

In this workshop emotion regulation in the client-therapist dyad will be explored in light of early attachment dynamics. Firstly, the neuroscience of attachment from a developmental and therapeutic perspective will be presented. An explanation of how healthy attachment develops throughout the lifespan will be given, as well as insights from the field of neuroscience. A case study of a child with complex developmental trauma will be presented. Secondly, Gordon Neufeld’s 5 step model of working with emotions will be outlined. A case study applying this model to working with children and adults will be presented.

Time: 9:00 (registration) starts at 9:30 ends at 4:00

This event counts as 6 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

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