Attachment experts will address the key question of why having a troubled attachment history (without intervention) can bring such pain and suffering throughout life? They will explore how insecure attachment can lead to all manner of human misery, physical and mental un-wellness, disturbances to mind, brain, body, personal identity and relationship difficulties and even early death (see ACE study Felitti and Anda 2014). From this starting point the experts will consider interventions that support children, teenagers or adults to:
Prevent taking painful attachment histories from cradle to grave
Make the shift from an insecure attachment to a secure attachment
Make the shift from blocked trust to trust and blocked care to care (Dan Hughes)
Change core feelings about self and others
Become an ‘earned secure’ and in so doing enjoy optimal activation of pro-social chemical systems in the brain (Panksepp 2012) bringing about a sense of well-being for much of the time, the ability to love in peace, and so even with its ups and downs, life becomes a privileged adventure.
Presenters will discuss and demonstrate interventions on how to relate to children/teenagers/adults with specific attachment styles/disorders promoting an ability to trust, to seek comfort and solace when distressed, and daring to love often for the first time. Avoidant attachment, ambivalent attachment, disorganised attachment and attachment in terms of developmental trauma disorder will all be explored and how specific relational interventions can heal.
Benefits from attending this conference
Get up to date with the latest interventions, thinking and research in attachment
Recognise the social and emotional differences between secure and insecurely attached children, teenagers and adults
Understand the relational events which are key for people to move from being insecure to securely attached
Learn what is happening psychologically and neurobiologically when a person shuts down their attachment needs and capacity to feel
Understand the psychology and neuroscience of different attachment disorders and styles
Take away key interventions, which support the development of secure attachment
Sir Richard Bowlby
Sir Richard Bowlby is an eminent lecturer on attachment theory and practice. He is Strategic Adviser to the Wave Trust and Patron of The Bowlby Centre for Attachment based Psychotherapy. Sir Richard Bowlby spent his career as a scientific photographer helping medical scientists to communicate their research findings by producing illustrations and visual aids. He retired in 1999 to focus his energies on communicating his father’s (John Bowlby) research work on attachment bonds to a wider audience. He is an Attachment Information Video Producer, using video material to help communicate the emotional significance of 'Attachment Theory', a potentially dry academic subject, but with very personally challenging significance. His eventual goal is to find ways of 'crossing the species barrier' between academics and the general public, to liberate the professional knowledge of attachment theory into the population at large. He is author of Fifty Years of Attachment Theory: Recollections of Donald Winnicott and John Bowlby.
Author, speaker and trainer around attachment, trauma and resilience. She has been a social worker for 40 years. Kate worked as a trainer/consultant and writer for the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. Kate Cairns Associates (KCA) was established in 2011 to bring together the work of Kate Cairns and a group of experienced practitioners and trainers across the UK. Their mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by changing the practice of those who work with them. They do this by sharing transformative knowledge, encouraging deep reflective practice, and empowering individuals and organisations to make a difference. Since that time the organisation has grown. Author of Attachment, Trauma and Resilience: Therapeutic Caring for Children. Founded Akamas Ltd in 2004, which developed pioneering online qualifications for foster care and the broader children’s workforce.
Dr Dan Hughes
Dr Dan Hughes has achieved international acclaim for his profoundly transformative therapeutic work with the most troubled and traumatised children and young people. Dan’s empathic way of relating to children and young people can bring about major changes often in a few sessions. He is a Clinical Psychologist and author of many books including Building the Bonds of Attachment - Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children and Principles of Attachment-Focused Parenting. He has decades of ground-breaking and profoundly moving clinical practice with very traumatised adolescents who have moved into violence. Click on the book images for more info/to buy.