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
4 SPOTS REMAINING FOR MAY 3 – 5, 2019 CLASS – APRIL WORKSHOP FULL
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 of both client and therapist?
This 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. Conceptual frameworks include: attachment theory, interpersonal/relational practice, The Polyvagal Theory, the window of arousal, affect regulation theory, an introduction to somatic work and working with right hemispheric processes, and the implications of trauma, particularly relational/attachment trauma, from a body oriented perspective.
This workshop is presented through didactic lecture, demonstration, conversation, reflection, and experiential practice and is open to therapists with a graduate degree(s) in a mental health discipline.
SECOND WORKSHOP ADDED – 4 SPOTS REMAINING
FRIDAY May 3rd, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
SATURDAY & SUNDAY May 4 & 5th, 2019, 9 – 5 pm
400.00 before March 30th; 450.00 thereafter (including gst)
APRIL 5 – 7th WORKSHOP FULL
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 model of self and implications for clinical practice
- Consider how to work with and regulate unconscious affect
- Deepen understanding of attachment and attachment repair through therapeutic relationships
- Discuss therapist disclosure with regards to attachment repair and relational practice
- Explore the role that therapist attachment plays in clinical practice
- Introduce the body in clinical practice through somatic work and right hemispheric processing
- 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