Post Graduate Level 7
A Five Module Course run by Nicola Jones (Modules 1, 2 and 5) and Dr. Nicola Diamond (Modules 3 and 4)
Attachment theory and attachment informed psychotherapy centres on the characteristics and necessity of healthy interactions with ourselves and others for optimal development and functioning as individuals and in relationships and secondly enhances our understanding of the therapeutic change process. The motivation to seek another for care, safety and emotional regulation (the attachment system) influences the development of other important motivations (aka social needs) such as: the motivation to play, to give care, to share interests, to be sexual and intimate. This interdisciplinary framework provides the most reliable and research-led approach to working with clients available in current practice. Attachment thinking and application is relevant across the lifespan “from the cradle to the grave” (Bowlby, 1979: 129).
This 5 day course aims to equip therapists with knowledge of attachment theory and experience of attachment informed clinical work, in the context of individual and couple therapy, including how we develop our sense of self and expectations of others, working with explicit and implicit memories, the origins of anxiety, the nature and impact of trauma and its bodily manifestations, the importance of understanding the formation of adaptive defensive strategies. To this end, the course will integrate theory with the therapeutic process, promote personal reflection and draw on clinical examples and case studies.
Module 1 – Friday 22nd January 2021 – Introduction to Attachment Theory – by Nicola Jones
Module 2 – Friday 5th February 2021 – The Look of Insecure Attachment – by Nicola Jones
Module 3 – Friday 26th February 2021 – Disorganised attachment and the impact of trauma and intergenerational transmission – by Dr. Nicola Diamond
Module 4 – Friday 12th March 2021 – Embodiment of attachment relationships by Dr. Nicola Diamond
Module 5 – Friday 9th April 2021 – Attachment-informed work with couples – by Nicola Jones