Online – Attachment Narrative Therapy – May and June 2021
14th and 15th May 2021, and 11th and 12th June 2021
2pm -8.30pm on Friday, and 10am -2.30pm on the Saturday
Attachment Narrative Therapy: Working Systemically with Attachment Narratives
This four day course will introduce an integrative approach to systemic practice: attachment narrative systemic therapy. The course combines attachment, trauma and narrative theories of development with systemic theory and practice to consider how systemic processes in families are fuelled by attachment dynamics. We shall explore how family members’ narratives –their explanations and understandings of their difficulties –are connected to, and in turn shape the attachment and systemic processes.
The course uses an adapted range of therapeutic interventions that can be employed in various therapeutic settings. The following main themes are covered: representational systems of attachment; intergenerational learning and care in families; trauma and the restriction of attempted solutions; recursive processes of intervention; the use of self in therapeutic work; developing and monitoring the secure base in therapy and for families; the use of action methods in therapy; and healing in relationships. The course uses a mix of adult learning methods including therapeutic examples, lectures, and experiential learning in small groups and group discussion.
The course will cover the following main themes: representational systems of attachment; intergenerational learning and care in families; trauma and the restriction of attempted solutions; recursive processes of intervention -paying attention to pattern and process; the use of self in therapeutic work; developing and monitoring the secure base in therapy and in families; the use of action techniques in therapy; and healing in relationships.
Block 1 14-15 May 2021
Introduction and Implications of Attachment Theory
Exploration and Understanding of Attachment Narratives: the role of loss and trauma
Formats for Exploration
Block 2 11-12 June 2022
Attachment Narratives: Intervention and the Possibility of Change
Maintaining the Secure Base into the Future
Formats for Exploration.
This course will be held Online
The 4 day courses come with the option of continuing Skype –based supervision/application sessions. These will be 4 -6, 2-hour follow up sessions for groups of up to 4/5 people. There is the further option of continuing sessions on a monthly basis to guide participants’ application of the ANT approach andtechniques in their practice.
Dallos, R (2005) Attachment Narrative Therapy. Maidenhead: OU Press
Dallos, R and Vetere, A (2009) Systemic Therapy and Attachment Narratives: Applications in a range of clinical settings. London: Routledge
Vetere, A and Dallos, R (2008) Systemic Therapy and Attachment Narratives. Journal of Family Therapy, 30, 374-385
Dallos, R ( 2019) Don’t Blame the Parents: Positive Intentions, Scriptsand Change in Family Therapy. London: McGraw Hill.
Rudi Dallos is Emeritus Professor on the Clinical Psychology Training Programme at the University of Plymouth. He has developed an intervention SAFE –using ANT for families with a child with a diagnosis of autism. This is being evaluated as part of a funded researchtrial.Rudi contributes to various family therapy training programmes and offers consultation and supervision using the ANT approach. He is continuing to develop a programme of research into family dynamics, attachment and the development of problems. He has written several books including: Attachment Narrative Therapy, Systemic Therapy and Attachment Narratives, Attachment and Family Therapy, Formulation in Psychotherapy and Counselling and an Introduction to Family Therapy.
Arlene Vetere, FBPsS, FAcSS,is Professor of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice at VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway. I am a clinical psychologist and systemic psychotherapist specialising in working with couples and families, and with violence and substance use in families. In the past I have worked in clinical settings designated for older people and their families, with child and adolescent problems, with the child protection system and family courts, with acute psychiatric and rehabilitation settings, with intellectual and physical disability, and with community, in-patient and out-patient settings. The course draws on our recent book: Dallos R and Vetere A (2009) Systemic Therapy and Attachment Narratives: Applications in a range of clinical settings. London: Routledge.Rudi Dallos and I are currently working on the second edition of this book.My more recent writing includes Supervision of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice’ co-edited with Jim Sheehan, Springer 2018; and ‘Intervening After Violence: Therapy with Couples and Families’ co-written with Jan Cooper, Clarissa Summit Scerri and Angela Abela, Springer 2018; and ‘Interacting Selves: Systemic approaches to personal and professional development in psychotherapy and counselling, co-edited with Peter Stratton, Routledge 2016. Also ‘Narrative Therapies with Children and their Families’ co-edited with Emilia Dowling, Routledge second edition 2018.