When we are called to our life’s purpose we are called not as we are but to become who we can be.
The body is “our primary text and starting point for knowledge”. Rountree, 2006
Restoring energetic boundaries and innate defensive and protective strategies that have been thwarted and immobilized.
ATTACHMENT, THE BODY & RELATIONAL REPAIR: THREE PILLARS OF CLINICAL PRACTICE
ONLINE WORKSHOP NOVEMBER 2020
Attachment trauma deeply impacts the integrity of the self, creating a split between the psyche and the body. This fragmentation and disembodiment, at the heart of insecure attachment, disrupts healthy development and forges a neurophysiological template that endures throughout the lifespan and across generations. Corresponding affect management strategies and attachment patterns, accompanied by dysregulation of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), distorts one’s internal working model, ultimately skewing one’s self-perception, world, and identity.
As clinicians, we understand that the wounded psyche and neurophysiological body call for embodied, affectively oriented and relationally focused therapy, heeding Kalsched’s (2013) assertion “what has been broken relationally must be repaired relationally” (p. 13) yet, we are left with the questions, How do we translate attachment theory into embodied clinical practice and, how do we regulate and facilitate reparation of attachment injury, particularly when it drives unconscious relational strategies and affect management systems?
This online workshop explores these questions. We will delve into clinical practice with regards to attachment injuries (insecure attachment), their repair and affect regulation within the context of embodied relational practice to facilitate regulation of the ANS and offer reparative relational experiences to shift attachment patterning and aid in the maturation and development of the right brain. Through lecture, discussion, and observation of video sessions, we will explore the following conceptual frameworks: attachment theory; embodied relational practice; The Polyvagal Theory; the window of arousal; affect regulation theory; and the implications of trauma, particularly relational/attachment trauma.
THIS WORKSHOP WILL:
- Present current clinical understandings of attachment theory
- Explore attachment patterning, gleaned from the Adult Attachment Interview, with application to practice
- Introduce internal working models of self and implications for clinical practice
- Consider how to work with and regulate affect
- Deepen understanding of attachment and attachment repair through therapeutic relationships
- Discuss therapist disclosure with regards to attachment repair and relational practice
- Introduce the body in clinical practice in terms of affect regulation
- Explore how the body, brain and autonomic nervous system (ANS) interconnect with relational/attachment trauma
- Learn about the window of arousal and how to work within it
- Learn about the polyvagal theory and apply it to practice
- Link attachment patterning, the ANS, the window of arousal and clinical practice
- Explore practices for greater therapist embodiment, attunement and relational practice
ONLINE TUESDAY EVENINGS NOVEMBER 3rd through December 1st, 6:30 to 9:00 Pacific Time
FEE: 400 includes gst
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for registration materials
PREVIOUS WORKSHOP: CHRONIC SHAME, INSECURE ATTACHMENT & EMBODIED RELATIONAL REPAIR
Chronic shame is at the heart of insecure attachment which disrupts healthy development of the emerging infant self and forges a neurophysiological template that endures throughout the lifespan and across generations. Insecure attachment has corresponding affect management and relational strategies accompanied by dysregulation of the Autonomic Nervous System that impact one’s self-perception, world, and identity. This distorted internal working model layers chronic shame with shaming experiences throughout the lifespan and can be a forceful inhibitor to the therapeutic process, with far reaching implications in clinical practice. Because chronic shame begins in late infancy there are no overt memories of shame or early narratives of these childhood shame events – making it preverbal and often unconscious. As clinicians, we are left with the question of: How do we regulate this unconscious affect?
This workshop introduces clinicians to working with chronic shame and affect regulation within the context of embodied relational practice. Conceptual frameworks include: attachment theory, the polyvagal theory, the window of arousal, affect regulation theory, an introduction to somatic work and working on the right hemisphere, and the implications of trauma from a somatic perspective. We will also delve into current understandings about shame/chronic shame, the physiological and psychological interplay of shame, as well as shame conceptually and as seen in clinical practice. This work calls for therapists to aid in the maturation and development of the right brain and shifting of the affect management strategies and attachment patterns rather than merely working with symptom reduction.