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The 23rd John Bowlby Memorial International Conference, London

‘Repetition, Repetition, Repetition: Breaking the Cycle of Attachment Trauma’

3rd & 4th March 2017

When people have experienced attachment trauma, being caught in a never-ending cycle of emotional and relational repetition can dominate their lives. In the words of Selma Fraiberg: “Trauma demands repetition”. Attachment trauma can leave a person with an impaired and constricted life, overwhelming feelings, internal critical voices and a tendency towards an unhealthy dissociation. These features lie at the core of the repetitions we encounter with our clients, often in the form of relational reenactment in the psychotherapy setting. Such reenactments can be difficult to be conscious of for both therapist and the client. Furthermore, such reenactments are not only experienced in the consulting room, but also on a societal level, as seen for example in war and its many impacts.

John Bowlby, with a base in an ever growing body of empirical research, has taught us that it is attachment and secure relationships which are the bedrock of affect regulation and developed reflective functioning. It is in such secure attachment relationships where a client can gradually create and find a new and more coherent narrative, which helps them break away from the painful relational repetitions of the past.

In this conference, we have brought together worldwide specialists who have contributed greatly to the understanding of attachment, trauma, and dissociation. With such a wealth of knowledge and experience, we aim to explore the many pathways that compose traumatic experiences, their repetitive nature and the various ways which can help our clients move on with renewed vitality and hope.

SPEAKERS:

Onno Van der Hart (The Netherlands: co-author of The Haunted Self)

Karl-Heinz Brisch (Germany: author of Treating Attachment Disorders)

Ruth Lanius (Canada: co-author of Healing the Traumatized Self)

Adrienne Harris (USA: co-author of First Do No Harm)

Susie Orbach ( UK: author of Bodies, Fat is a feminist issue)

Guy Hibbert (UK: film director and writer, May 33rd and Eye in the Sky)

Orit Badouk Epstein (UK: co-author of Ritual Abuse and Mind Control)

Daniel Shaw (USA: author of Traumatic Narcissism)

Date: Twenty Second John Bowlby Memorial Conference 2015

Unlocking Pain – Disrupted Attachment and Chronic Physical Pain

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Date: 2014 Autumn Conference

ATTACHMENT, MEMORY LOSS and AGEING

 

Autumn Conference 2014

Date: 2014 John Bowlby Memorial Conference

 

Date: 2013 John Bowlby Memorial Conference

 

Past Clinical Forums

Clinical Forum – Bowlby Centre, International Attachment Network and Institute of Group Analysis
(A threesome workshop: Oedipus revisited?)
John Bowlby: the timeless supervisor*
Arturo Ezquerro**

SPEAKER: This workshop will be convened by Mark Linington, Chair of Bowlby Centre’s Executive Committee.>

The talk will be largely based on Arturo Ezquerro’s experience of fortnightly supervision and mentorship with John Bowlby, at the Tavistock Clinic, during the last 6 years of his life (1984-1990). Bowlby was a humane, enthusiastic, supportive and inspiring supervisor, who encouraged and stimulated open-ended personal and professional development. He provided a reliable secure base from which it was easier to explore new territories and to integrate diverse sources of knowledge. He respected and valued the work and contributions of his colleagues, his supervisees, and the people who had educated him. As a mentor, at no point did he criticise the work of other supervisors, who were mainly of a different theoretical orientation, and saw merit in their contributions. And he offered gentle, deeply caring suggestions that would help patients to become attached, to survive and to grow.

About Arturo Ezquerro

**Arturo Ezquerro, a consultant psychiatrist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and group analyst, is senior lecturer, assessor and trainer at the Institute of Group Analysis, and former Head of NHS Medical Psychotherapy Services in Brent, London. He was supervised by John Bowlby at the Tavistock Clinic (1984-1990), has published over 60 articles and book chapters in five languages, and has authored Encounters with John Bowlby: Tales of Attachment (Routledge) and Relatos de Apego (Psimatica).

*This event is part of the Bowlby Centre’s Clinical Forum programme, in association with the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) and the International Attachment Network (IAN). Members and students of Bowlby Centre, IGA and IAN only have to pay £10 towards catering. The fee for other professionals and public is £30. CPD certificates will be provided.

Venue: IGA, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY

Time: Saturday, 13th May 2017, 12 noon-4.00pm (Registration 10.45)

– 12.00 to 12.30: Registration and coffee

– 12.30 to 01.30: “John Bowlby: the timeless supervisor” by Arturo Ezquerro

– 01.30 to 02.00: Light refreshments

– 02.00 to 03.30: Large group discussion (convened by Mark Linington and Maria Canete)

– 03.30 to 04.00: Light refreshments

Bookings: through the Institute of Group Analysis webpage http://groupanalysis.org

Clinical Forum – Face to Face: Psychotherapy in Black and White

SPEAKER: Charles Brown

How can a black psychotherapist work with the transference and counter transference when working with racial otherness, a direct and present trauma for the black psychotherapist?

This paper examines working with race in psychoanalysis through the exploration of the effect on the patient and the impact on the therapy of the therapist’s black skin. Understanding, through the use of dreams, myth and imagery, allow powerful dynamics to emerge into consciousness. Charles Brown will discuss some clinical examples of patients’ dreams in relation to the image of the black therapist. This is explored through the use and meaning of colour within the patients’ dreams. Charles presents clinical
vignettes, which illustrate the impact of the therapists’ black skin that are linked to the resistance of the patients’ acknowledgement of their own racial stereotypes and its possible significance in the therapy.

About Charles Brown

Charles Brown is a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and supervisor of supervision. He qualified from The Guild of Psychotherapists, London in 2006. He is also a specialist addictions therapist and an experienced group facilitator. He is an associate member of AAP, The Bowlby Centre, The APPT.

Charles has experience across the public, voluntary and private sectors. He is the founder of BeMe Therapy, a counselling service for black and ethnic minorities. Charles is also a training therapist, tutor and lecturer. He has a particular interest in identity and race and has published papers in books and journals. He has been in private practice in South London for several years.

Time: Saturday, 13th May 2017, 11.00am – 1.00pm (Registration 10.45)

Cost: £30

(Bowlby Centre members and students – free)

Venue: The Bowlby Centre 1 Highbury Crescent, London N5 1RN

CPD: 2 hours

(CPD certificate provided)

Clinical Forum – Documentary – Controversial Discussions For the XXIst Century

SPEAKER: Liat Levy in conversation with Svetlana Palmer

It is a pleasure to invite you to a screening of the Controversial Discussions For the XXIst Century with the film maker Svetlana Palmer, followed by a conversation, along with Q & A.

Taking both title and spirit from the Controversial Discussions which took place after the death of Freud in wartime London, PEP Web Video Grant Project Winner Controversial Discussions For the XXIst Century examines the history, legacy and contemporary resonance of the discussions regarded by Andre Green as ‘the most important document in the history of psychoanalysis’. The film features contributions from several generations of British psychoanalysts including Anne-Marie Sandler, Peter Fonagy and Riccardo Steiner, as well as proponent of modern attachment theory Allan Schore and founder of neuropsychoanalysis Mark Solms.

In this clinical forum screening of the film will be followed by a conversation as well as Q & A. We will discuss issues raised by the film including historic difficulties in communication and cross-pollination across modalities which remain endemic to contemporary psychotherapy together with integrating recent findings from neuroscience and neurology which back Bowlby’s original ideas about the key role of attachment in human development.

About Liat Levy

Liat is an experienced Psychoanalytic Adult Psychotherapist and Supervisor. Liat is a Training Therapist, Supervisor, and a teacher on the training programme at the Bowlby Centre. For the last ten years she has worked, part-time, as a Senior Adult Psychotherapist within the NHS for Lambeth Integrative Psychological Therapy, which is part of South London and Maudsley Trust. Liat has a lively private practice based in North London, where she offers psychotherapy, as well as clinical supervision.

About Svetlana Palmer

Svetlana is a British documentary film-maker and author. Her credits include BAFTA-nominated Cold War (BBC2/CNN) RTS-winner The Second World War in Colour (ITV) and The First World War (C4). She is co-author of A War in Words (Simon&Schuster 2003) and We Were Young and At War (Collins 2009). Svetlana graduated as a psychodynamic psychotherapist in 2016 and currently developing her private practice in North London alongside her film-making and writing projects.

Time: Saturday, 8th April 2017, 11.00am – 1.00pm (Registration 10.45)

Cost: £30

(Bowlby Centre members and students – free)

Venue: The Bowlby Centre 1 Highbury Crescent, London N5 1RN

CPD: 2 hours

(CPD certificate provided)

Clinical Forum – Reflecting on supervision and diversity –

SPEAKER: Anne Power

It is said that we teach what we need to learn. Anne Power also finds that she writes what she needs to understand, and in writing about supervision and diversity she has tried to address an area that she finds difficult and also which she feels has been underexplored in the literature. She will focus this paper largely on social class because other types of discrimination tend to get more space in the literature, and because she has written about these in an earlier paper (Power, 2009). She writes from within the limitations of her group as a white, middle aged and middle class woman.

Thinking about the challenges of working with diversity in supervision, Anne identified ten aspirations which she will explore:

– Modelling comfort and curiosity about our own identity and its impact
– Normalising and containing discomfort about difference so that reflection is more possible.
– Being alert to the potential transference/ countertransference when the therapist and client are either very diverse, or, very alike in identity.
– Initiating conversations about how diversity is impacting both the therapy and the supervisory relationship.
– Supporting the supervisee’s awareness of her own identity and its impact on clients.
– Offering challenge and feedback on how supervisees respond to, or seem to avoid, issues of difference.
– Challenging our psychological theories and becoming more sensitive to how they may be serving the dominant culture.
– Demonstrating a priori knowledge of other cultures whilst resisting the pull to over-generalise.
– Identifying how the setting where supervision takes place may itself perpetuate inequalities.
– Showing willingness and skill in repairing ruptures in the supervisory relationship and using the potential of such enactments to deepen the work.

Anne Power

Anne Power qualified in attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy at The Bowlby Centre and did an MA in supervision at WPF/ Roehampton. She trained in couple work with Relate. Previously her work was in the NHS and voluntary agencies; she now has a private practice in central London for couples and individuals. Her recent book, Forced Endings in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Attachment and loss in retirement, explores the process of closing a practice for retirement or for other reasons. She is UKCP and BACP registered.

Time: Saturday, 14th January 2017, 11.00am – 1.00pm

Clinical – Early thoughts from a newbie therapist

SPEAKER: Graham Johnston

Graham will structure the clinical seminar in particular around his work with a training client, drawing on

key questions that are driving his development as a therapist such as:

– how important is empathetic understanding?

– how important is interpretation?

– do we place too much emphasis on the therapeutic frame and all it contains?

– how do we connect with and relate to those who are most avoidant?

Graham Johnston is currently building a private practice in Brockley, Southeast London after graduating from The Bowlby Centre in 2014. He’s been working for the Government since 2001, but will finish that work at Christmas to concentrate full-time on his therapy practice. His clinical interests include working with young adults struggling to build fulfilling relationships, clients with anger and avoidance issues, and clients with OCD. He balances his work life with looking after two toddlers and, in what little remains of his free time, he runs, listens to podcasts and watches American sport.

Time: Saturday, 10th December 2016, 11.00am – 1.00pm (Registration 10.45)

Clinical Forum – Aspects of Attachment-Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy –

SPEAKERS: Mark Linington and Tori Settle

In this clinical forum Mark Linington and Tori Settle will present and explore what it means to work as a psychotherapist from both an attachment theory and psychoanalytic perspective. They will use examples from their extensive clinical experience to reflect on some of the key current areas with which they work, including the nature of the secure base, the significance of the clinician’s experience, the repetition of relational patterns (internal working models) and understanding the therapeutic action.

Mark Linington has been practicing as an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist for more than fifteen
years, including twelve years in the NHS. He works with adults, children and families who have experienced trauma, including those with intellectual disabilities and long term mental health problems. He is Chair of the Executive Committee at The Bowlby Centre, where he is also a training therapist and training supervisor. He currently works as a psychotherapist and supervisor in a special secondary school in London, at the Clinic for Dissociative Studies and in private practice.

Tori Settle has been practising as an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist for 16 years and has a full private clinical practice. She is also a trained massage therapist and specialises in working with pregnant mothers and elderly clients. She gave up her massage practice gradually over the years in order to focus solely on the psychotherapeutic work but her interest in working with the body remains. She is Chair of the Clinical Training Committee at the Bowlby Centre and sits on the Executive committee with Mark Linington.

Further Information Mark and Tori have recently co-authored a chapter on Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in the forthcoming Sage Handbook for Counseling and Psychotherapy due for publication later this year.

Time: Saturday, 8th October 2016, 11.00am – 1.00pm (Registration 10.45)

Cost: £20

(Bowlby Centre members and students – free)

Venue: The Bowlby Centre 1 Highbury Crescent, London N5 1RN

CPD: 2 hours

(CPD certificate provided)

Clinical Forum – GASLIGHT – I feel like I’m going mad, is it me, must be me?

SPEAKER: Orit Badouk Epstein

The 1940s film “Gaslight” is a classic thriller and its strength lies in being psychologically accurate storytelling ahead of its time. Recently, the term “gas-light” has come alive after the broadcasting of the radio drama ‘The Archers’. Since emotional abuse has never received proper public recognition, the revival of the word and its modern interpretation is highly relevant to our work with clients who have been emotionally abused, clients with a poor sense of agency and clients who survived horrendous mind control and torture. From the personal to the societal, I will be discussing the various degrees of gas-lighting, in particular with clients whose lives have been marked by continuous and insidious emotional torment, and how relational approach helps shift their distorted internal working models and sense of selfhood.

Orit Badouk Epstein is an Attachment based Psychoanalytic psychotherapist (UKCP registered) and a supervisor working in private practice. She works relationally with individuals, couples and parents. Orit has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced extreme abuse and trauma displaying symptoms of dissociation. She is currently teaching at the Bowlby Centre. Orit is a trustee for the Clinic of Dissociative Studies. She is co-author of the book “Ritual Abuse and Mind Control: The Manipulation of Attachment Needs” (Karnac Books) and co-editor of the book ‘Terror within & without’. She is the associate editor for Journal Attachment New Direction and co-editor of the ESTD (European Society for Trauma and Dissociation) Newsletter where she regularly writes articles, film and book reviews.

Time: Saturday, 16 July 2016, 11.00am – 1.00pm (Registration 10.45)

Cost: £20

(Bowlby Centre members and students – free)

Venue: The Bowlby Centre 1 Highbury Crescent, London N5 1RN

CPD: 2 hours

(CPD certificate provided)

Date: Clinical Forum 7th May 2016 – pdf brochure

Clinical Forum – ATTACHMENT TRAUMA, ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY AND SOUL CONNECTING

SPEAKER: Ruthie Smith

Ruthie is a Psychoanalytic Attachment Based Psychotherapist, energy psychotherapist, teacher and training supervisor. She spent 10 years as a Principal Individual Psychotherapist in the NHS, and has taught on psychotherapy training programmes, Confer events and at The Freud Museum Conference. After training in Energy Psychotherapy methods, she established The Flame Centre in London, and is part of the Energy Psychotherapy Network which includes Phil Mollon and others. She currently teaches on Converging Streams courses in Energy Psychotherapy and also co-leads residential spiritual retreats.

Date: Sunday 21st February 2016, 11am – 1pm

Price: £12.00 per person

“A Dance to the Music of Violence An account of attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a survivor of past chronic, unremitting violence and abuse”

 

SPEAKER: Helen Cordery

Date: Saturday, 16th January 2016, 11am – 1pm

Price: £12.00 per person

“I’m Someone With A Future And Not Just A Past”

SPEAKER: Hazel Leventhal

 

Saturday, 16 January 2016 11am – 1pm
“I’m Someone With A Future And Not Just A Past”

SPEAKER: Hazel Leventhal
She first came for therapy aged 45. She was brought up ‘in care’ from the age of
four months and lived in 27 different homes or institutions and went to 18 different
schools, leaving school at the age of 16 without any qualifications. Her body was
plagued by physical ailments. She couldn’t sustain relationships. Her life was
lonely and loveless. This is her story and how therapy helped her to change.
Hazel Leventhal
Hazel trained at The Bowlby Centre where she has taught The Life Cycle seminar
and chaired the Clinical Forum for three years. She has worked as a Samaritan
and cared for her sister who suffered from early-onset Alzheimer’s. She now
works in private practice in Bedfordshire.

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Date: Saturday 12th, December 2015, 11am – 1pm

The Danger of Getting Better

SPEAKER:Liat Levy

Getting better is painful as it often involves a degree of overwhelming sadness, and a capacity to mourn. In the process of attempting to help our patients, one may become aware of ‘a force which is defending itself by every possible means against recovery and which is absolutely resolved to hold on to illness and suffering’ (Freud 1937).

Specifically during treatment the availability of someone who is emphatic, reliable and constant provides an arena where archaic relationships get repeated, as well as providing an entirely new experience for the patient. Such dynamic is likely to stir up a wide array of contradictory feelings such as, yearning, hunger of wanting more, uneasy feelings of greed and envy, as well as feelings of love and hate transferred from early frustrating objects. Thus in the attempt to help our patients, we stirs up affects and longing that are truly difficult to bear.

In this clinical forum Liat will describe a case of a long term patient. Focusing on some of the challenges, as well as the ways in which the therapy aimed to support and promote psychic change, in such manner that it is not acted out nor defended against, but rather tolerated within the patient’s psychic life.

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Date: Sunday, 15 November 2015, 11am – 1pm

Price: £12.00 per person

Thoughts about suicidality in the therapy relationship

Abstract I hope this to be a presentation of clinical material to think about suicidal feelings expressed in the room. I am hoping in the presentation of the material and in the discussion afterwards to think about the anxiety that I and I suspect other therapists experience when confronted with such material. How do we retain and develop the capacity to think about these feelings particularly when they are experienced frequently and over a long period of time, months and sometimes years.

Sarah Devereux has worked in the NHS in secure mental health services for 16 years. She is clinical lead for Occupational therapy for a secure women’s service and an MBT (Menatalisation based therapy) therapist for a community service for those who have received as diagnosis of personality disorder. She is as a Bowlby Centre trained psychotherapist.

Tori Settle s the Chair of the clinical training committee and has been a teacher and course tutor for the Bowlby Centre for the last 12 years. She has a private practice and is a training supervisor for the centre also.

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Date: Saturday, 10th October 2015 11am – 1pm

Price: £12.00 per person

War – Psychoanalysis and the Unspeakable

Abstract – This presentation starts with a short film, “letters of service” directed by Duncan Wellaway. This is the true story of a man who had been in a psychiatric institution for 80 years following service in the First World War. This presentation examines the place of War in psychoanalysis, including relational psychotherapy informed by Attachment Theory and considers the role of War in the development of psychoanalysis and the therapeutic community movement. Drawing on clinical work with a patient, a former serviceman who had experienced active service in Bosnia and subsequent complex trauma, who was resident in a therapeutic community. Including images from War Propaganda, Poetry and War photography, This presentation examines the themes of confidentiality, transference, vicarious trauma, vulnerability, common humanity and gender.

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 teaches at The Bowlby Centre and has also delivered freelance training. Kate completed an MSc in psychotherapeutic approaches in mental health in 2012. She is a member of the Attachment Journal editorial group, former chair of the clinical forum at The Bowlby Centre. Kate has recently begun a PhD in the psychoanalysis department at Middlesex University in the history of the therapeutic community movement and the treatment of trauma. Kate has recently moved to Bournemouth where she will be developing a private practice.

Discussant Natalie Scales is a Senior Manager for Community Housing & Therapy (CHT). She has a background in Psychology and has worked in Therapeutic Communities for the past 8 years, including managing a dispersed community for ex-service personnel. Currently she is mummy to 2 boys, as well as managing marketing and sales for CHT.

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Date: Saturday, 26 September 2015 11pm – 1pm

Price: £12.00 per person

Who’s Life Are You Living?
Echoism: a relationship dominated by the Other

SPEAKERS: Elisa Morris, Mark Linington and Nell Montgomery

As psychotherapists we are all probably familiar not only with the myth of Narcissus, but also with the self and relational difficulties that one faces with being narcissistic. In this story there was a lesser known person – Echo – who also has something to say to us about relational life.

In this Clinical Forum three clinicians: Elisa Morris, Mark Linington and Nell Montgomery, will present a new theory they have been developing by bringing together their clinical experiences and the story of Echo. The Forum will bring examples from their work to illustrate the themes, difficulties and possible ways of helping someone who is disabled by the nature of their focus on the other, at the expense of their sense of self.

Our Speakers
Mark is an attachment based-psychoanalytic psychotherapist and child psychotherapist. He trained with The Bowlby Centre, where he is Chair of the Executive Committee, a Training Therapist, Clinical Supervisor and Research Lead. He has worked for 12 years in the NHS as a psychotherapist with people with learning disabilities who have experienced trauma and abuse. Currently, he works as psychotherapist for the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, at a secondary school for young people with complex needs, and in private practice with children and adults.

Nell is an attachment based-psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She trained at The Bowlby Centre. She works with adults as a psychotherapist in private practice and for the Pottergate Centre for Trauma and Dissociation. She is a Partner at The Preston Associates, where she is an Executive Coach working with senior leaders and leadership teams across a variety of industries. She is a coach at Insead’s Global Leadership Centre in Paris.

Elisa is an integrative psychotherapist, having completed a transpersonal psychotherapy training at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London. She currently works with adults in private practice in Bath. Previously she has worked for four years in Primary Care. She is a lead member of the Counsellors’ Collective South West, an organisation working to improve access to high quality therapy across this region. She is completing her supervision training at the Centre for Supervision and Team Development in
Bath.

Saturday, 20th June 2015
SPEAKER: Mark Linnington

‘Who Cares?

Mark Linington will present his long term psychotherapy with a man who was abused in his
family and then in care. He will describe the impacts of these attachment traumas on the
careseeking, caregiving and other attachment-based systems of this young man, show how
these emerged in the psychotherapeutic relationship, and explore how he worked with them
and the influence of his own care needs.
Our speaker
Mark is an attachment based-psychoanalytic psychotherapist and child psychotherapist. He
trained with The Bowlby Centre, where he is Chair of the Executive Committee, a Training
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor and Research Lead. He has worked for 12 years in the NHS as a
psychotherapist with people with learning disabilities who have experienced trauma and abuse.
Currently, he works as psychotherapist for the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, at a secondary
school for young people with complex needs, and in private practice with children and adults.

‘Who Cares? – Download a pdf flyer here

Saturday, 9th May 2015
SPEAKER: Orit Badouk Epstein

‘Who needs who? – the roots of traumatic disappointment, often shown in
clients with preoccupied attachment style’

When teaching on the attachment short course participants are often less clear of how preoccupied
attachment patterns translate relationally in adulthood and in the clinical setting. As with all insecure
attachment styles, the clinical work with the preoccupied clients often entails the gathering of internal and
external records of the accumulative traumatic events and experiences, sustained early on in life by their care
givers that can only give rise to forces that interfere with the client’s movement towards mental
wellbeing. The journey I embark upon with my preoccupied clients, therefore, is not so dissimilar to the one
I have with all my other clients but one that more painfully confronts the client’s need to mourn their
relentless disappointment in their wistful searching and yearning for the ideal care-giver. We also need to
pay attention to the client’s vested interest empowered by a protective need to keep things exactly as they
have always been, and by doing so, feeling helplessness and indecisiveness and ‘sitting on the fence’ . In
doing so, the client is not fully aware of his need to constantly recreate the past in the present. This
presentation meant to shed some light into the work with these clients and share some effective ways of
overcoming the client’s feeling of being stuck in relentless hope.

‘Who needs who? – the roots of traumatic disappointment, often shown in clients with preoccupied attachment style’ Download a pdf flyer here

Archived Pschotherapy Training Courses

Hold Me Tight: Conversations for Connection – 22nd and 23rd April 2017

SOLD OUT

An interactive Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy workshop

Creating resilience, emotional depth and trust in long term relationships

This is an interactive relational education programme for couples based on the book
Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love’ by Dr. Sue Johnson, the
founder of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). This experiential workshop
comprises a weekend of deep engaging conversations that help couples develop more
openness, responsiveness and trust in each other that transforms long term
relationships.
Our aim: You will learn to understand and change the negative relational dance that keeps you
apart and causes conflict. Shape a more secure loving bond based on open intimate
dialogues. To begin a transformative healing experience and to bring back aliveness,
emotional intimacy, sexual connection and joy in your relationship.
This workshop is offered to Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists and their
partners: for a maximum of eight couples (sixteen participants) to ensure a safe space
for every couple to be supported by EFT therapists in connecting with each other. Each
couple will be given time and support to process their emotional responses to the
shared exercises and watch video clips of couples taking part in Hold Me Tight sessions
with Dr. Sue Johnson.

Date: 22nd and 23rd April 2017
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Cost:£500 per couple (Maximum 8 couples)

Angela Massucco is an Attachment based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist UKCP and
trained at Bowlby Centre. She is an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and holds
an Adv Dip in Couples & Psychosexual Therapy and a Psychosexual Certificate with
TCCR. She is also an Art Therapist BAAT. Her experience of EFT, and Diana Fosha
AEDP Training has impacted deeply personally and professionally with these
experiential models that believe emotional intimacy is at the core of a rich relationship.
Angela is in full time practice at Number 42, The Complete Psychotherapy Practice,
London Bridge.
Helene Igwebuike is a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor
approved by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
(ICEEFT). Helene uses an integrative model incorporating elements of Person-centred,
Systemic Practice, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), while
specialising in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which focuses on accessing
emotions and facilitating heart-to-heart conversations that create a safe and secure
relationship. Helene’s practice is based in Enfield, King’s Cross and online Skype
sessions.

SOLD OUT

Undoing Aloneness: Introduction to Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

Saturday 24th June 2017  COURSE FULL

In this one day workshop we will outline the four state AEDP model of change as developed by Dr Diana Fosha in New York AEDP is attachment based and experiential way of working with individuals that aims to ‘Undo Aloneness’ at the core of client self and fully encourages positive growth in their relationships. By working with trauma and loss and the painful consequences, therapist and client work together to discover places within that have always been strong, places that were never broken. By harnessing glimmers of vitality AEDP uses transformational processes in the psychotherapy journey – to deepen and expand emotion and accelerate positive healing and growth towards oneself. To ‘Undo Aloneness’ in their internal world and world of relationships as Van der Kolk says, ”to be safe in the here and now you have to give patients what they needed in the there and then”.

AEDP engages clients in the process of healing from the first moment of therapy. It honors somatic experience, emotion and the therapy relationship to melt defences, it tracks and meta processes emotion that is frozen to awaken innate healing energy. A positive moment in the process may well be an intensely felt painful experience that is both raw and opens the client to genuine possibility of change. Angela and Fumie will present this four state model and the specific elements that assist accelerated healing with video tape/s of a session/s revealing how AEDP can move a client from a distant and defended stance to gradually softening and the release of authentic emotion. This one day workshop aims to offer practical, (including work in pairs) and powerful, creative skills for your work as a therapist.
In AEDP the therapist aims to provide a safe haven and secure base to explore together the previously unbearable overwhelming experiences/emotions to undo aloneness and unleash the adaptive action tendencies s/he always possessed, but never had a chance to utilize creatively with positive effect. We are delighted to introduce Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy – with its subtle, powerful focus on sensitive attunement – accompanied with courageous heart.

Date: Saturday 24th June 2017  SOLD OUT
Time: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Cost:£150

Angela Massucco is an Attachment based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist UKCP and trained at Bowlby Centre. She is an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and holds an Adv Dip in Couples & Psychosexual Therapy and a Psychosexual Certificate with TCCR. She is also an Art Therapist BAAT. Her experience of completing Diana Fosha AEDP Individual and Couples Training in New York has impacted deeply personally and professionally with these experiential models that believe emotional intimacy is at the core of a rich relationship. She also co presents Hold Me Tight Workshops for therapists and their partners at Bowlby Centre. Angela is in full time practice at Number 42, The Complete Psychotherapy Practice, London Bridge.

Fumie Kamitoh is a Japanese Certified Clinical Psychologist based in Tokyo. She received her training in US, returned to Japan and provides individual and couples therapy in Japanese and English in private practice. EFT, AEDP and attachment theory has a profound impact on Fumie and now she sees herself and the world through the attachment lens. Fumie has undertaken AEDP training, Immersion, Essential Skills 1 with ongoing Essential Skills 2. She serves as AEDP Japan coordinator and started the Salon in Tokyo in 2016. She presents at conferences and facilitates Experiential Groups in Tokyo and Osaka. This is Fumie’s first professional AEDP engagement in the UK and she is looking forward to presenting at Bowlby Centre.

Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice 2017, 2 weekends (June)

SOLD OUT

Presented by: Orit Badouk Epstein

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.
“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…”

Date: June 2017
Time: 10.00am to 4pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th, and Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th
Cost: £580 Organisations, £540 Individuals

SOLD OUT

“WHEN MUMMY WANTS YOU TO DIE”: UNCONSCIOUS DEATH WISHES AND THE INFANTICIDAL ATTACHMENT

A Special Event with Professor Brett Kahr

Every human being has, from time to time, wished someone else dead. Fortunately, most of us manage to verbalise our hatred in a safe fashion. But what happens when one harbours murderous rage towards another person and does not always know about it? Do unconscious death wishes really exist? And what impact do they have, especially parental death wishes towards infants and children?

Drawing upon nearly forty years of work in the mental health field, Brett Kahr will present the latest version of his theory of the role of unconscious parental death wishes in the genesis of child and adult psychopathology, and will explore the dynamics of the “infanticidal attachment”, and how this destroys intimacy across the lifespan. Kahr will also discuss the ways in which the infanticidal attachment style manifests itself in the psychotherapeutic process and how clinicians can become more proficient in both the diagnosis and treatment of death wishes and their long-term impact.

This workshop will consist of theoretical and clinical presentations as well as “live” supervision of clinical material from participants. This training event will be ideal for all mental health professionals who work with challenging cases, especially colleagues steeped in the treatment of individuals and families struggling with psychosis, borderline states, post-traumatic stress disorder, and related states.

About Professor Brett Kahr

Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health field since 1976. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, in London. He also holds the post of Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health. He has enjoyed a long relationship with The Bowlby Centre, and has served as its Consultant in Psychology since 1992. Author of eight books and series editor of more than forty additional volumes in the fields of forensic mental health and in the history of psychoanalysis, he also serves as Trustee of the Freud Museum London. His most recent book is entitled Tea with Winnicott. His forthcoming book on The Traumatic Roots of Schizophrenia will be published in late 2016.

Saturday, 26th November, 2016

For full details see the pdf attachment below

Please note venue will be: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

4 Day Externship In Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy – This course is full

with Scott Woolley from San Diego Center for EFT

Speaker: Professor Scott Woolley

The Externship in EFT is a four-day foundation training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and a pre-requisite for Core Skills training and EFT Certification. It includes an overview of all aspects of the model including steps and stages, interventions, adult attachment theory, and application of EFT with couples and families. The Externship material is taught with a variety of teaching methods including lectures, interactive discussions, experiential small group work – supported by EFT therapists, video demonstrations and ‘live’ couple sessions.

Who Should Attend?

We welcome applications from psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health clinicians who work with couples and those interested in doing so. This evidence-based model and training is specifically focused on EFT with couples. We highly encourage participants to read Dr Sue Johnson’s Creating Connections (2004), the basic text of EFT, before the start of the Externship.

Brief Objectives:

Externship participants learn how to view relationship distress from an attachment perspective, help partners reprocess the emotional experiences that led to their relationship distress, help couples create new bonding events, and work with clinical impasses. Participants will learn the steps and stages of the model, interventions most commonly used, and how to work with the couple’s vulnerability by deepening affect and tracking their underlying interactional pattern. The four-day Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy will show how by working with this attachment-based experiential person-centred and systemic model, you can work through conflict to arrive at connection. It will help you become successful in your work with couple relationships and enhance your empathy for others and strengthen your own relationships. We know from recent research (Levenson and Sandberg, 2010) that attending an EFT Externship offers a powerful and hopeful learning experience. The EFT Externship was developed by Dr Sue Johnson and other EFT Trainers over the past 15 years.

Scott R. Woolley, PhD, served for 17 years as Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Masters and Doctoral Programs at Alliant International University. He is a founder and Director of the San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Executive Director of the Training and Research Institute for EFT at Alliant (TRI-EFT Alliant). He is an AAMFT Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor, and a Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer.

He has trained therapists in EFT in Canada, Chili, Finland, Great Britain, Guam, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands, and throughout the U.S., and works closely with EFT founder Dr Susan Johnson.

Working with Professor Scott Woolley:

Angela Massucco UKCP ICEEFT, Attachment based Couples and Individual Psychotherapist, Helene Igwebuike BACP ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor.

Therapists need to be working clinically to attend the Externship.

Date: 29th June to 2nd July 2016

Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice, 2016 weekends –  This course is full

Presented by: Orit Badouk Epstein

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.
“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…”

Course Full

Date: Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June 2016, Saturday 18th June and Sunday 19th June 2016
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Cost:£540 Organisations, £480 Individuals,  (£400 for Bowlby Centre members)

Exploring the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life™ – COURSE FULL – see below for alternative dates in June

This is a 3 day course for professionals offering an opportunity to explore one’s own experience of attachment dynamics in the context of a confidential closed experiential group. The work will be supported by didactic input and time for reflection, application and analysis.

Dr Una McCluskey. Psychoanalytic and Systemic Psychotherapist (UKCP)

Part time Senior Research Fellow at the University of York and freelance Attachment Consultant. Author of To be Met as a Person: the Dynamics of Attachment in Professional Encounters. Karnac London, co-author of The Psychodynamics of abuse: the cost of fear, Jessica Kingsley, and joint author with Dr Dorothy Heard and Dr Brian Lake of Attachment Therapy with Adolescents and Adults: theory and practice post Bowlby 2009.

Presented with the Award for Vision, Innovation, Dedication and Achievement (VIDA) in 2004 by the Group Psychotherapy Association of Southern California in appreciation of her contribution to the field of psychotherapy.

COURSE CONTENT

This course seeks to address the fact that as we work in jobs that require us to respond to the needs of others, too often we don’t create the conditions to support our own personal and psychological development.

Experiences of careseeking and caregiving have their roots in infancy and shape our expectations and responses to careseeking and caregiving in adult life.

As professionals offering a service in the field of mental health and social care we will be aware of the many different ways that people express their careseeking needs, and how difficult it is sometimes to interpret these accurately and respond. People who have had contradictory experiences of caregiving will often tend to miscue professional caregivers so that any attempt at caregiving is frustrated and can end up as a frustrating experience for both parties.

The dynamics of attachment consist of several goal-corrected systems. These are careseeking, caregiving, sexuality, exploratory interest sharing with peers, the personal system for self defence, the internal supportive or unsupportive environments and the personally created external supportive environment (home/lifestyle). The theory suggests that these systems work together as a single process to contribute to and maintain maximum wellbeing. Each session will have a short didactic input on the attachment system to be explored that day, followed by two experiential groups with a short break in between. There will be time to identify what people are learning, discovering or applying to their own practice. Una McCluskey has been researching attachment dynamics for many years and will seek permission from the group to continue this work.

Thursday 10th March 2016

Friday 11th March 2016

Saturday 12th March 2016

FEE: £480 for Bowlby Centre members and £525 for non-members

To be held at The Bowlby Centre, 1 Highbury Crescent, London, N5 1RN

See below for alternative dates in June

Please see www.unamccluskey.com for further details.

Una McCluskey, DPhil., Wold Farm, Kilnwick Percy, York. YO42 1SN

Email: info@unamccluskey.com Website: www.unamccluskey.com

Tel: +44 1759 302104 Mob: +44 7747 568562

Exploring the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life™ – Course Now Full

This is a 3 day course for professionals offering an opportunity to explore one’s own experience of attachment dynamics in the context of a confidential closed experiential group. The work will be supported by didactic input and time for reflection, application and analysis.

Dr Una McCluskey. Psychoanalytic and Systemic Psychotherapist (UKCP)

Part time Senior Research Fellow at the University of York and freelance Attachment Consultant. Author of To be Met as a Person: the Dynamics of Attachment in Professional Encounters. Karnac London, co-author of The Psychodynamics of abuse: the cost of fear, Jessica Kingsley, and joint author with Dr Dorothy Heard and Dr Brian Lake of Attachment Therapy with Adolescents and Adults: theory and practice post Bowlby 2009.

Presented with the Award for Vision, Innovation, Dedication and Achievement (VIDA) in 2004 by the Group Psychotherapy Association of Southern California in appreciation of her contribution to the field of psychotherapy.

COURSE CONTENT

This course seeks to address the fact that as we work in jobs that require us to respond to the needs of others, too often we don’t create the conditions to support our own personal and psychological development.

Experiences of careseeking and caregiving have their roots in infancy and shape our expectations and responses to careseeking and caregiving in adult life.

As professionals offering a service in the field of mental health and social care we will be aware of the many different ways that people express their careseeking needs, and how difficult it is sometimes to interpret these accurately and respond. People who have had contradictory experiences of caregiving will often tend to miscue professional caregivers so that any attempt at caregiving is frustrated and can end up as a frustrating experience for both parties.

The dynamics of attachment consist of several goal-corrected systems. These are careseeking, caregiving, sexuality, exploratory interest sharing with peers, the personal system for self defence, the internal supportive or unsupportive environments and the personally created external supportive environment (home/lifestyle). The theory suggests that these systems work together as a single process to contribute to and maintain maximum wellbeing. Each session will have a short didactic input on the attachment system to be explored that day, followed by two experiential groups with a short break in between. There will be time to identify what people are learning, discovering or applying to their own practice. Una McCluskey has been researching attachment dynamics for many years and will seek permission from the group to continue this work.

Thursday 23rd June 2016

Friday 24th June 2016

Saturday 25th June 2016

FEE: £480 for Bowlby Centre members and £525 for non-members

To be held at The Bowlby Centre, 1 Highbury Crescent, London, N5 1RN

40 Hour course on Attachment Narrative Therapy – COURSE FULL

Presented by: Prof. Rudi Dallo and Prof. Arlene Vetere

Attachment Narrative Therapy: Working Systemically with Attachment Narratives

This course will provide training in the implementation of an integrative therapeutic approach

(ANT) which combines attachment, narrative and systemic theories and techniques. This

combines a consideration of the systemic processes encapsulating problems in families with

an analysis of how these are fuelled by underlying attachment dynamics. In turn this is

explored in terms of how family members’ narratives – explanations and understanding of

their problems – are connected to and in turn shape the attachment and systemic patterns.

The training utilises a range of therapeutic interventions – ‘Formats for Exploration’ which can

be employed in various clinical contexts.

The training programme will provide clinical examples in terms of case studies to illustrate the

approach, DVD material, experiential learning activities and group discussion. The training

programme will cover applications in child, adult and couples settings with illustrations of

work with a wide range of clinical presentations including conduct problems, eating disorders,

self-harm, addictions, domestic violence and trauma. The programme will be in four two-day

blocks of training with a focus on: Integrative Framework and Creating Safety; Exploration

and Formulation; Looking for Alternatives; Complexity, Trauma and Maintaining Change.

Participants will have the opportunity to work in small supervised groups on their own clinical

case material in each of the 4 blocks.

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 – 22-23 January, 2016

Introduction and Implications of Attachment

Formats for Exploration

Block 2 – 26-27 February, 2016

Attachment Narratives

Formats for Exploration

Block 3 – 18-19 March 2016

Working Therapeutically with Couples

Formats for Exploration

Block 4 – 15-16 April 2016

Working Therapeutically with Trauma and Loss

Formats for Exploration

The Course consists of 4 teaching blocks on Attachment Narrative Therapy.

The 4 blocks will take place at the end of January and February, and March and April, 2016.

Each block starts on a Friday, from 3pm – 8.30pm and finishes on the next day, Saturday,

from 9.30 am to 2pm.

Rudi Dallos

r.dallos@plymouth.ac.uk

Arlene Vetere

drarlenevetere@hotmail.com

Date: 22-23 January, 26-27 February, 2016, 18-19 March, 15-16 April 2016

Cost:£650,  (£500 for Bowlby Centre members ,limited to 5 places) – SOLD OUT

Attachment Repair & Creativity – Course now FULL

SOLD OUT

With Mary Sue Moore

Mary Sue’s presentation will bring together some new information about how the brain learns about, and creates, a knowledge of self and self in relation to another. This happens in large part by ordinary brain responses to relationships built on shared experience. What’s really new in the ideas is that cognitive learning is greatly advanced, when the relationship fosters curiosity, but not authority. Certain kinds of cells (“Glia”-Astrocytes, in particular) that have been thought to be essentially “filler material” found in some key areas of the brain, are actually as important to learning and problem solving than neurons are. It turns out that these “white matter, glial” cells actually potentiate learning as well as neuron growth, and are best activated when both creative activities and interaction with nature are experienced by the child or adult. In addition, as these parts of the brain are nurtured, there is increased ability in the individual to deal with interpersonal and attachment relationship stress. There are many ways to activate these “glial cells” in children and adults — and to foster the growth of a sense of self as competent to meet and surmount challenges in life, despite the experience of early adversity. Clinical/psychotherapeutic and interpersonal applications of this new knowledge of how we learn who we are, and how best to deal with stressful situations, will be a key focus. The presentation will also include discussion of various forms of self-expression and autobiographic narratives as avenues to access and develop the experience of one’s resiliency in adversity.

Date: Saturday 21st November 2015
Time: 10.00am to 4.30pm
Cost:£140 Organisations, £120 Individuals,  (£100 for Bowlby Centre members)

Mary Sue Moore, Ph.D.

Mary Sue is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and educator in Colorado. She has taught and participated in a variety of clinical research projects in the U.S., U.K., and Australia over the past 25 years. Her research has focused on attachment theory and the impact of trauma on the developing brain. From 1986 to 1988, Mary Sue undertook a Fulbright Research Fellowship in London, where she worked with John Bowlby at the Tavistock Clinic.

SOLD OUT

 

Saturday 21st Nov. 2015

10.00am to 4.30pm

Cost:£140 Organisations, £120 Individuals, (£100 for Bowlby Centre members)

 

Attachment Repair & Creativity With Mary Sue Moore – pdf brochure