Continuing Professional Development

We provide a variety of professional development opportunities. Some of these are available only to our members whilst others are available to other qualified psychotherapists and counsellors and we are committed to developing training provision aimed at giving an attachment orientation to other professionals.

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Open Days

Psychotherapy Training Open Days

The Open Day provides an opportunity to meet staff from the Bowlby Centre to find out more about our approach and the details of our training programme. The event is a facilitated workshop, with an overview of the curriculum, a clinical vignette and a discussion about our approach and the theoretical influences that have informed our work. It is also an opportunity to meet some of those who may be training alongside you, should you decide to join us.

There is a charge of £30 for attendance via Zoom.  Please note that Zoom is free to download and the facilitator will send you a link to join the Open Day.  All papers will be emailed to you beforehand.

Saturday 27th June – Full

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Online Workshops

Avoidant Attachment: Origins and Repair – Wednesday 7th October, 8pm BST

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5503246319876490251

Disorganised Attachment: Origins and Repair – Wednesday 18th November, 8pm BST

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4498962294670631691

In these workshops, we’ll develop the ideas we explored in our Attachment Theory: The Basics introductory workshop, and explore how avoidant and disorganised attachment styles develop in childhood, how they impact our friendships and relationships and, crucially, what works to expand our enjoyment of our emotional world on our own and with others.

These workshops are aimed at those in the caring professions but are also accessible and enjoyable for the complete beginner. For practitioners, these workshops will be 1.5 hours of CPD.

The workshops cost £50.

The workshops are the third and fourth parts of a four-part series on Attachment Theory. The other two workshops are available to buy on demand below: “Attachment Theory: The Basics” and “Anxious Attachment: Origins and Repair”. Once all four workshops and a short questionnaire are completed, you can get a Certificate in Attachment Theory. But the workshops are also accessible as stand-alone products.

Attachment Theory: The Basics

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7369554059257317135

Watch an interactive introduction to the most important psychological idea of recent years: attachment theory.

We explore why the pioneering work of John Bowlby on attachment matters to all of us – in our friendships; our romantic relationships; in our roles as parents and carers; in our work; and what helps to change insecure attachment styles.

We answer questions like:

– How do trauma and neglect shape our brains and nervous systems?

– Why do some of us retreat from intimacy, while some of us cannot stand being alone?

– How should we best try to care for our children to help them grow up to be secure adults?

– What can we do if we find relationships difficult?

This recorded workshop is aimed at those in the caring professions but is also be accessible and enjoyable for the complete beginner. For practitioners, this event will be 1.5 hours of CPD. For those interested in exploring attachment theory in greater detail, the workshop forms the first in a short series of four interactive online seminars on attachment theory run by The Bowlby Centre which will add up to a Certificate in Attachment Theory once all four workshops are completed. All the workshops will be available to buy separately if you are unable to attend the live events.

This recorded workshop costs £40.​

Anxious Attachment: Origins and Repair

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4864345403646954512

In this workshop, we develop the ideas we explored in our Attachment Theory: The Basics introductory workshop, and explore how anxious attachment styles develop in childhood, how they impact our friendships and relationships and, crucially, what works to calm the anxiety within us.

This workshop is aimed at those in the caring professions but is also accessible and enjoyable for the complete beginner. For practitioners, this event will be 1.5 hours of CPD. This workshop forms the second of four interactive online workshops on attachment theory run by The Bowlby Centre which add up to a Certificate in Attachment Theory once all four workshops are completed. All the workshops will be available to buy separately if you are unable to attend the live event.

This workshop recording costs £40.

Clinical Forums

Clinical Forum – Via Video link – Some aspects of practicing EMDR

Saturday, 3rd October 2020   11am – 1pm

Speaker: John Henry

Synopsis:

In his talk, John will introduce you to the bare bones of EMDR and share some case histories to illustrate the diversity of this therapy. Disclaimer: this in no way will qualify you to practice EMDR, but John hopes it will encourage you to seek training from an accredited training organisation.

About the speaker

John Henry is a founder member of the Bowlby Centre. He has been in practice as a psychotherapist since the mid-1980s. Just after the turn of the millennium he began work, first as an honorary and later in a paid post at the Maudsley Hospital in the Traumatic Stress Service.
While there he met Sandi Richman, who was heading up the EMDR service in the TSS. He was encouraged to seek training as an EMDR therapist. This was the best move he felt he had made in his career. He has become an EMDR enthusiast because it works more rapidly than other relational and CBT therapies, and with lasting effect.

Date: Saturday, 3rd October 2020

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm

Cost: £30  (Bowlby Centre members and students – free)

Venue: Online details to follow registration

CPD: 2 hours (CPD certificate provided)

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Courses

Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice – September & October 2020

Course Full

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September 2020 and Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October 2020

Cost: £580 Organisations, £540 Individuals

Seminars will include the following themes

• Introductions – our relationship to attachment theory.
• Attachment theory in context
• Separation, loss and mourning
• Patterns of attachment and their internal representation
• Secure • Dismissing • Preoccupied • Unresolved/disorganised • Not classifiable
• Evaluating adult attachment states of mind
• Internal working models
• Reflective functioning
• Intersubjectivity

Clinical work will consider the role of mourning, narrative, mutuality and recognition, affective attunement and cycles of rupture and repair in the therapeutic process.

The objectives of this course is to introduce Attachment theory and deepen your understanding of it. It’s designed to be of practical value with implications for therapy and human relatedness.

The course is aimed for Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Social Workers.

“I was surprised how this course touched on all areas of my life… for me it has been the missing piece of the jigsaw I have been looking for and brings together many things…”

Orit Badouk Epstein is a UKCP registered attachment based Psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a training supervisor and a training therapist. She trained at the Bowlby Centre, London where she is the Editor of the journal Attachment-New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis (published by Karnac books). She teaches Attachment theory and is the head of the planning group of the International Bowlby Memorial conference. She specialises in attachment theory and trauma and regularly writes and present papers on these topics. She runs a private practice and works relationally with individuals, couples and parents. Orit has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced extreme abuse and trauma and have displayed symptoms of dissociation. She is the co-author of the book “Ritual Abuse and Mind Control: The Manipulation of Attachment Needs” (Karnac Books), co-editor of the book “Terror within & without”, and is the co-editor of the ESTD (European Society for Trauma and Dissociation) newsletter where she regularly writes articles and film reviews.

Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September 2020 and Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October 2020

Cost: £580 Organisations, £540 Individuals

Course Full

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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

Cost: £500

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.

COURSE CONTENT

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 at:

The Resource for London

356 Holloway Road

London N7 6PA

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.

Rudi Dallos
r.dallos@plymouth.ac.uk
Arlene Vetere
drarlenevetere@hotmail.com

References
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.

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Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice – June/July 2021

Saturday 26th June and Sunday 27th June 2021 and
Saturday 10th July and Sunday 11th July 2021

10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: £580 Organisations,  £540 Individuals

Seminars will include the following themes
• Introductions – our relationship to attachment theory.
• Attachment theory in context
• Separation, loss and mourning
• Patterns of attachment and their internal representation
• Secure • Dismissing •Preoccupied • Unresolved/disorganised • Not classifiable
• Evaluating adult attachment states of mind
• Internal working models
• Reflective functioning
• Intersubjectivity

Clinical work will consider the role of mourning, narrative, mutuality and recognition, affective attunement and cycles of rupture and repair in thetherapeutic process.

The objectives of this course are to introduce Attachment theory and deepen your understanding of it. It’s designed to be of practical value with implications for therapy and human relatedness. The course is aimed for Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Social Workers.

“I was surprised how this course touched on all areas of my life… for me it has been the missing piece of the jigsaw I have been looking for and brings together many things…”

Orit Badouk Epstein is a UKCP registered attachment based Psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a training supervisor and a training therapist. She trained at the Bowlby Centre, London where she is the Editor of the journal Attachment-New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis (published by Karnac books). She teaches Attachment theory and is the head of the planning group of the International Bowlby Memorial conference. She specialises in attachment theory and trauma and regularly writes and present papers on these topics. She runs a private practice and works relationally with individuals, couples and parents.
Orit has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced extreme abuse and trauma and have displayed symptoms of dissociation. She is the co-author of the book “Ritual Abuse and Mind Control: The Manipulation of Attachment Needs” (Karnac Books), coeditor of the book “Terror within & without”, and is the co-editor of the ESTD (European Society
for Trauma and Dissociation) newsletter where she regularly writes articles and film reviews.

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