We are the tools of our trade: Attachment, Enactment and The Psychology of the Therapist An evening webinar with Dr David Wallin Online, 28 February 2019 (Thursday) 6:00pm - 8:00pm, London, UK time
Just as the psychology of the parent shapes parenting, the psychology of the therapist shapes therapy. Because we are the tools of our trade, no factor influences our clinical conduct more than our own attachment history and patterning. Rather than our theories or techniques, it is who we are—and who we can become—that ultimately determines our capacity to create with our patients a genuinely therapeutic relationship. In this webinar, David Wallin, author of Attachment in Psychotherapy, will explore the potential of our own psychology not only to impede, but also to inform and inspire our efforts to be of help to our patients. Of paramount importance here is our focus on the largely non-verbal realm of here-and-now experience that is evoked, embodied, and enacted. Illustrating his approach with vivid case material, he will show how the therapist's mindfulness and reflection can transform impasses generated by attachment history into opportunities for insight and growth. Using attachment research to clarify the impact of who we are as people on what we do as clinicians, he highlights the reality that for the patient to heal, the therapist must also change. The webinar will be especially useful for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors who are interested in learning how to integrate the finding of attachment theory research into their clinical work. Webinar participants will learn how to: Utilize the new attachment relationship as a crucible of therapeutic change. Identify and “decode” our own attachment patterns rather than be defined or dominated by them. Recognize the collusions and collisions that arise where our attachment patterns interlock with those of our patients. Work with the enactments of transference/countertransference that make up the nonverbal subtext of the therapeutic conversation. Recognize the legacy of trauma and shame that provokes the therapist’s “compulsion to heal”—and the problem of trying too hard to be “good.” About the speaker Dr David Wallin integrates attachment research with relational psychoanalysis, mindfulness, and a focus on the body to help us become more effective facilitators of growth and healing. A graduate of Harvard, he received his Ph.D. from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. His most recent book, Attachment in Psychotherapy, has been translated into eleven languages and described as “a brilliant leap in realizing the clinical promise of attachment theory, a synthesis that should be required—and will be rewarding—reading for every psychotherapist” (Daniel Goleman, PhD, author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus). Dr. Wallin is a lively and engaging speaker who combines a scholarly perspective with unusual candor about his own experience as a therapist. He has lectured on attachment and psychotherapy in the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States. Webinar Schedule 5.45pm: Online Registration 6.00 pm: Session 1: How Psychotherapy Heals and the Centrality of the Therapist’s Own Psychology Psychotherapy as a New Attachment Relationship Generating the Secure Base in Childhood and Psychotherapy Accessing the Preverbal Core of the Self: The Evoked, Enacted and Embodied That Is the Nonverbal Subtext of the Therapeutic Conversation Mindfulness, Mentalizing and Subjectivity as the “Triple Helix” of Psychological Liberation Why Focus on the Therapist? The Myth of the “All-Good” Therapist Beyond “Countertransference” The Therapist’s Attachment History as a Source of Impasse, Insight, and Inspiration Trauma, Shame, and the Therapist 7:00 pm: Session 2: Attachment Patterns, Multiple Self-States, and the Work with Enactments Attachment Patterns in Patient and Therapist Four Attachment Patterns: Integrated and Dissociated Self-States Working with Enactments as a Path to Integration Enactments as Obstacles, Enactments as Opportunities Mindfulness in Action: From Collusion and Collision to Collaboration
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