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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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Bowlby Centre Online Conference 2021

Saturday 24 April 2021

Attachment, the body and gender

Can we assume there is a link between our early attachment history and how we come to develop our sense of gender?

In what way can the treatment of our bodies as babies impact on our sense of gender?

To what extent do we form our gender identity from our caregivers’ sense of their own gender?

How do our attachments to primary caregivers impact on our ability to safely explore our gender identities?

What is the impact on us when we can’t talk about our gendered sense of self?

This conference will bring together clinicians from diverse backgrounds to explore the ways in which our early attachments may contribute to how we develop our sense of a gendered self and how we come to experience our bodies sexually. Our speakers will be bringing multiple perspectives to this conference – and in particular, perspectives from attachment theory, feminism and transgender theory. The aim of this conference is to explore and develop our understanding of the many ways in which we come to experience our bodies and how we choose to identify ourselves.

Programme

09.00-09.30     Registration/Getting on-line
09.30-09.45     Introduction to the conference – Tori Settle CEO of The Bowlby Centre
09.45-11.00     Meg-John Barker in conversation with Jane Czyzselska
11.00-11.30     Break
11.30-12.45     Igi Moon in conversation with Jane Czyzselska
12.45-13.45     Lunch
13.45-15.00     Susie Orbach in conversation with Anthea Benjamin
15.00-15.30     Break
15.30-16.45     Daniel Edmund in conversation with Anthea Benjamin
16.45-17.15     Plenary
17.15               Closing remarks and thanks – Tori Settle CEO of The Bowlby Centre

Speakers

Meg-John Barker (they/them)

Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including graphic guides to Queer, Gender, and Sexuality (with Jules Scheele), How To Understand Your Gender, Hell Yeah Self Care, and Life Isn’t Binary (with Alex Iantaffi), Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To) (with Justin Hancock), Rewriting the Rules and The Psychology of Sex

They also work as a one-to-one writing mentor, as a creative consultant on various projects, and speak and train on gender, sexual and relationship diversity. They are half of the Meg-John and Justin podcast (megjohnandjustin.com) and blog and publish zines and comics on rewriting-the-rules.com. They regularly speak on their areas of expertise in the media, including Radio 4, Cosmo, and being featured in the Independent on Sunday Rainbow List.

They were an academic psychologist and UKCP accredited therapist for many years before focusing on writing full time. They are an internationally recognised expert on gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD) and therapy, with numerous academic books and papers on the topics of bisexuality, open non-monogamy, sadomasochism, non-binary gender, and Buddhist mindfulness. They co-founded the journal Psychology & Sexuality and the activist-research organisation BiUK, through which they published The Bisexuality Report. They have advised many organisations, therapeutic bodies, and governmental departments on matters relating to gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD) including writing the BACP document on the topic. They’ve also been involved in facilitating many public events on sexuality and relationships, including Sense about Sex and Critical Sexology. Twitter: @megjohnbarker, Instagram: @meg_john_barker.Facebook: megjohnbarkerwriter. YouTube: MegJohnBarkerPsych,

Susie Orbach (she/her)

Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre in London and The Women’s Therapy Centre in New York. She is the author of many books. Her most recent In Therapy: The Unfolding Story is an expanded edition of In Therapy (an annotated version of the BBC series listened to live by 2 million people)…

Her first book Fat is a Feminist Issue has been continuously in print since 1978. Bodies (which won the APA Psychology of Women’s Book Prize in 2009) was updated in 2019.

She is the recipient of the Inaugural British Psychoanalytic Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL).

Igi Moon (they/them)

Igi Moon is the Chair of the MoU Coalition Against Conversion Therapy.  They are a Senior Lecturer of Counselling Psychology at Roehampton University and they also lecture at Warwick University, Sociology. They have  designed and are now delivering ‘Beyond the Binary: Trans/Forming gender’ which is the first module of its kind in sociology in the UK and they are putting together a textbook for future reference…

They have edited 3 books: ‘Feeling Queer or Queer Feelings? Radical Approaches to Counselling Sex, Sexualities and Genders’; ‘Counselling Ideologies: Queer Challenges to Heteronormativity’ and ‘The Emergence of Trans: Cultures, Politics and Everyday Life’. They are interested in the way therapeutic knowledge and affect is shaped through historical, cultural, political and colonialist tropes. What makes a liveable life?

Daniel Edmund (him/he)

Daniel is a dynamic Speaker, Presenter and Social Entrepreneur. Through all of his endeavours, he is committed to helping to lead this generation to a more inclusive and equitable world for all people. In 2015, Daniel got his start in professional speaking at TEDxBristol where he spoke to an audience of over 2,000 people on the issue of men’s mental health

Since then he has gone on to meet His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at his summer home at Highgrove, speak at Kensington Palace and join the L’Oreal and Prince’s Trust #AllWorthIt campaign alongside Dame Helen Mirren, amongst other things.

Over the past six years, Daniel has worked with various community groups to further understand the challenges they face and how we can all help progress their lived experiences. From combatting male suicide in the UK, teaching and supporting white working-class young people, campaigning against the sexual harassment of women, fighting for the racial justice of Black and minoritised people, and more, Daniel stands unequivocally firm for the equality and equity of all people.

Daniel is currently the host of the podcast Race & Gender Unfiltered and is working on his debut documentary under the same name. Daniel’s work can be summarised into three main categories: leadership, gender and race. He believes that we are all leaders in our spheres of influence, and that through truth, empathy, integrity and unity we can all play a role in helping to induce positive cultural change in our communities and ultimately the world.

Chairs

Jane Czyzselska

Jane Czyzselska (she/her)

Jane Czyzselska is a relational integrative psychotherapist and counsellor in private practice and a writer. As a practitioner, writer and in life, she endeavours to engage with the harmful impacts of white cis hetero-patriarchy. From 2004-2017 she was the editor of DIVA magazine and was featured in the Independent on Sunday Rainbow List.

She recently helped to promote and wrote about (https://medium.com/stillpointspaces/freuds-famous-case-of-female-homosexuality-a-book-review-on-the-story-of-sidonie-c-328e09111c4b) the new English translation of the biography of Freud’s lesbian patient: The History of Sidonie C. She is currently collaborating with clinicians from a range of modalities and lived experiences on a forthcoming book, Queering the Couch. Her paper, based on her Master’s dissertation: The truth that’s denied: Psychotherapy with LGBTIQ+ clients who identify as intersex, will be published in a forthcoming special issue of the Psychology of Sexualities Review on Intersex and Psychology in the UK. She is a trustee of The Relational School.

Anthea Benjamin

Anthea Benjamin (she/her)

Anthea Benjamin is a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, Group Analyst and Supervisor. Anthea has worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and groups for over 15 years in various settings including schools, community projects and within the NHS.

She works as a therapist delivering training and consultancy in a range of professional and educational contexts. Anthea also offers therapeutic services such as self-reflective groups and team supervision both in organizations and within her private practice in south London. Anthea has a special interest in racial trauma, particularly working with racial trauma in the body.   Address for Correspondence info@antheabenjamin.co.uk

5 Hours CPD

Full ticket – £75

Bowlby Centre members and post taught pre-registered students – £60

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Please contact Carol Tobin carol.tobin@thebowlbycentre.org.uk to book your low income/retired ticket (limited to 20 places) – £50

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.

Dates:

15 May 2021

3 July 2021

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Online Workshops

Attachment Theory: The Basics

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7554997694358489870

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

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.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1172633961304833294

Avoidant Attachment: Origins and Repair

In this recorded workshop, we explore how avoidant 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. This workshop is aimed at those in the caring professions but is accessible and enjoyable for the complete beginner who knows nothing about the field. For practitioners, this event is 1.5 hours of CPD. This workshop forms the third 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.

This recorded workshop costs £40.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1531289156727238670

Disorganised Attachment: Origins and Repair

In this recorded workshop, we develop the ideas we explored in our Attachment Theory: The Basics introductory workshop, and explore how disorganised attachment styles develop in childhood, how they impact our friendships and relationships and, crucially, what works to escape the “fear without solution” relational prison.

This workshop is aimed at those in the caring professions but is also accessible and enjoyable for the complete beginner who knows nothing about the field. For practitioners, this event is 1.5 hours of CPD.

This workshop forms the fourth of four 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.

This recorded workshop costs £40.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8720451432498770190

Clinical Forums

Clinical Forum – Via Video link – ATTACHMENT THEORY AND ARCHIVAL RESEARCH – REFLECTIONS ON AN ONGOING RESEARCH JOURNEY

Saturday, 13th March 2021   11am – 1pm

Speaker: Kate Brown

Synopsis:
This workshop is a discussion of an ongoing doctoral research project entitled ‘A History of the Cotswold Community, psychoanalytic perspectives on love and hate.’ The Cotswold Community (1967-2011) was a therapeutic community for adolescent boys aged 9-16 who had experienced trauma and disrupted attachments. The discussion will cover a brief description of therapeutic communities, including how therapeutic communities for adults and children differ. The Cotswold Community and it’s past as an approved school for boys will be explored. Themes of deprivation and delinquency, Winnicottian understanding of the therapeutic aspects of love and hate and the importance of gender at the Cotswold Community will be discussed. The research methods used in this research is archival research and is informed by attachment theory.

About the speaker
Kate Brown is a Bowlby Centre trained UKCP registered Attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist who started her career in therapeutic communities working with adults with a variety of mental health difficulties, and with adolescents individually and in groups. She has worked with young mothers and in mainstream community psychiatric services with patients’ families. She has also provided time-limited therapy with former servicemen who had experienced complex trauma. She has taught at the
Bowlby Centre and has also delivered freelance training. Kate completed an MSc in psychotherapeutic approaches in mental health in 2012. Kate is a former member of the Attachment journal group, former chair of the clinical forum at the Bowlby Centre and PhD candidate at Middlesex University. Kate is also on the executive committee of the International Attachment Network (UK). Kate is in private practice in Bournemouth.

Date: Saturday, 13th March 2021

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm

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

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CPD: 2 hours (CPD certificate provided)

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Courses

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

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 Online by:

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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ONLINE- 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…”

Victoria Settle is a UKCP registered attachment based Psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a training supervisor and a training therapist. She is currently the CEO of the Bowlby Centre. She has many years of experience teaching in the areas of Infant Observation, Gender and Sexuality and Clinical seminars on Attachment theory. She specialises in attachment theory and trauma and regularly writes and presents papers on these topics. She runs a private practice and works relationally with individuals and couples.

She is the co-author of the chapter on Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in 4th Edition The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy edited by Feltham C, Hanley T and Winter LA (Sage Publishing Co.)

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