Advanced Therapeutic Techniques using Attachment Theory A 2-day training workshop with Dr Gwen Adshead London, 15 and 16 June 2018 (Friday & Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days
Equipped with a core understanding of Attachment Theory concepts, practitioners can assess a client’s Attachment representations. An effective incorporation of such assessments in our therapeutic approaches however requires a deeper comprehension of the clinical applications of Attachment Theory. At this practical and in-depth two day training course, that would be of value to psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, health care professionals and psychiatrists, Dr Gwen Adshead draws on her long-standing psychodynamic and clinical experience to help us comprehend the development of Attachment bonds & Psychopathology (Day 1) and the Applications of Attachment Theory in clinical practice (Day 2). On Day 1 of the course, we review the building process of Attachment patterns, styles and representations; looking at supporting factors, the impact of traumatic events, the relationship with temperament and the rupture and repair of Attachment across the lifespan. We also look at the development of mentalization as it relates to the underlying Attachment representations and specifically consider parental mentalization; and the relevance of childhood attachment for adult attachments; especially in terms of care giving and care eliciting behavioural systems. We also start looking at connections with psychopathological manifestations as preparation for Day 2 of the course.  Day 2 of the training course focusses on the applications of Day 1’s concepts for therapeutic processes. We compare and contrast the literature on mentalization led therapies and other therapeutic schools, while looking at the relevance of Attachment Classifications for therapeutic interactions, therapy as a ‘Strange Situation’, Attachment and Transference and the implications of ruptures in therapeutic attachments. The two day course uses theoretical discussions and case vignettes to explain the value and challenges of an Attachment led therapeutic approach and equips delegates with a deeper understanding of practical therapeutic applications. About the speaker Dr Gwen Adshead is a Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. She trained at St George's Hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Institute of Group Analysis. She is trained as a group therapist and a Mindfulness-based cognitive therapist and has also trained in Mentalisation-based therapy. She worked for nearly twenty years as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital, running psychotherapeutic groups for offenders and working with staff around relational security and organisational dynamics. Gwen also has a Masters' Degree in Medical Law and Ethics; and has a research interest in moral reasoning, and how this links with 'bad' behaviour. Gwen has published a number of books and over 100 papers, book chapters and commissioned articles on forensic psychotherapy, ethics in psychiatry, and attachment theory as applied to medicine and forensic psychiatry. She is the co-editor of Clinical topics in Personality Disorder (with Dr Jay Sarkar) which was awarded first prize in the psychiatry Section of the BMA book awards 2013; and she also co-edited Personality Disorder: the Definitive Collection with Dr Caroline Jacob. She is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Forensic Psychiatry (2013) and the Oxford Handbook of Medical Psychotherapy (2016). She is also the co-editor of Munchausens’s Syndrome by Proxy: Current issues in Assessment, Treatment and Research. Gwen was visiting professor at Yale School of Psychiatry and Law in 2013; and also honoured with the President’s Medal for services to psychiatry that same year for her work on ethics in psychiatry. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by St George’s hospital in 2015; and was Gresham Professor of Psychiatry 2014-2017. She now works in a medium secure unit in Hampshire in a service for high risk offenders with personality disorder; and in a women’s prison. What is the format of the training course? The course consists of a two-day training programme on 15th & 16th of June 2018 (Friday & Saturday). The course starts at 10:00AM on Friday, the 15th of June 2018 and is scheduled to end on both training days at 4:00PM. The course utilises a combination of presentations, discussions and case vignettes. Participants are welcome to bring clinical material for discussion on Day 2. Workshop Schedule Day 1, Friday, 15 June 2018 10:00AM: Module 1: A review of Attachment Patterns We start the course with a conceptual review of the underlying building processes for Attachment Patterns, Styles and Representations, specifically looking at: Strengthening and Weakening factors Comprehending the impact of Traumatic events How Attachment patterns relate with temperament Parental sensitivity Measuring Attachment The rupture and repair of Attachment Attachment and psychopathology: trauma, personality disorder, somatic symptom disorder 1:00PM: Lunch Break (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop) 2:00PM: Module 2: Psychological disorders and ‘Mentalization’ In module 2, we build on our conceptual understanding and start looking at how ‘mentalization’ relates to other psychological theories of mental development. Specifically, we discuss: Mentalisation as a process of the social mind Attachment and failures of mentalisation in various clinical disorders Parental mentalisation of emotion and childhood stress The relevance of childhood attachment for adult attachments; especially in terms of care giving and care eliciting behavioural systems We also start looking at the inherent linkages with psychopathology as ground work for our therapeutic discussions on Day 2. 4:00PM: Close  Day 2, Saturday, 16 June 2018 10:00AM: Module 3: Therapeutic Applications We start the second day by consolidating our conceptual understanding from Day 1 and proceed with practical applications. Specifically, we look at: The four Attachment Classifications – what relevance do these have in therapeutic interactions? Attachment & Language Therapist as caregiver Attachment and group therapy Ruptures in therapeutic attachments 1:00PM: Lunch Break (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop) 2:00PM: Module 4: Bringing it all together In the last module we look at: Clinical vignettes The relevance of Attachment Theory for therapeutic practice What does it take to be a mentalizing therapist? Therapy as a ‘Strange Situation’ 4:00PM: Close Course aims The course aims to provide CPD training that enables practitioners to apply the elements of Attachment Theory to their existing skills and knowledge so that they can use it in their own work settings. A CPD certificate for 10 CPD hours is provided at the end of the course.

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