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Treating Attachment Pathology in Adults

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Date
01/04/2019 - 02/04/2019
Time
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location
Treacy Centre: Treacy Room


Two-day workshop

Presenter: Dr Daniel P. Brown

Sophisticated assessment tools are available to identify attachment pathology in adults. Less attention, however, has been paid to the development of effective treatment protocols. This workshop focuses on state-of-the-art, effective ways to treat insecure attachment pathology in adults, including with personality and dissociative disorder patients.

The workshop will detail the three pillars to this comprehensive treatment: (1) fostering internalization of positive, stable internal working models for secure attachment using structured ideal parent figure imagery; (2) facilitating collaborative non-verbal and verbal behaviour; and (3) fostering a range of specific meta-cognitive skills. Accurate assessment of, and application of detailed step-by-step protocols specific to each of the three main types of insecure attachment–dismissing, anxious preoccupied, and disorganized attachment, will be fully explored.

This workshop is highly recommended for practitioners working with individuals presenting with childhood trauma, history of relational disturbance and difficult relationships, as well as individuals presenting with trauma that does not respond to traditional models of trauma therapy.

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding of effective treatment (protocols) for attachment pathology in adults.
  • Knowledge of the range of states-of-mind in adult patients with attachment pathology and how to recognise these in patients.
  • Accurate assessment of, and application of detailed step-by-step treatment protocols specific to each of the three main types of insecure attachment–dismissing, anxious preoccupied, and disorganized attachment.
  • Understanding of how to use various outcome measures including assessing attachment status, coherence of mind, and change in diagnoses.

Presenter details:
Dr. Brown is an Associate Clinical Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Director, Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, Newton MA.

He has served on the Harvard Medical School Faculty for 24 years. He has published widely including 16 books. Memory, Trauma Treatment and the Law (with A.W Scheflin and D.C Hammond) won the 1999 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law as “the outstanding contribution to forensic psychiatry”.

Over the last 20 years his research has focused on assessing attachment disorders in adults and on developing psychotherapeutic and hypnotherapeutic protocols to treat attachment pathology. This work is described in his book, Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair (2016; with D.S Elliot).

Registration:
Register online or enquires:
Nigel Denning- Integrative Psychology
nigel@integrativepsychology.net.au
(03) 9663 0355 or 0407 097 722
Register online: www.mindonly.com.au

Cost:
Early bird rate (until Dec 31st 2018)   $495inc GST with PACFA membership
Standard rate (from Jan 1st 2019)   $550 inc GST

This event counts as 12 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements