In-Person Training

Preparing Clients to Resolve Attachment Trauma: Special Considerations for Attachment Injuries and Dissociation

AVAILABILITY: in-person only
TARGET AUDIENCE: Mental Health Practitioners who work with complex trauma and wish to resolve traumatic memories. EMDR Therapy is an asset, but is not essential for this training.

COST:  $250 +GST per person
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In this workshop, Catherine discusses attachment injuries from a developmental and neurobiological perspective. Research evidence linking attachment injuries with dissociative disorders is reviewed, along with special treatment considerations for resolving trauma in the context of dissociation. Catherine provides practical, experiential exercises to establish the healing information that is required to heal these injuries, including how to establish this adaptive information in clients whose dissociative structures either block access to this information, or promote maladaptive information when attachment trauma is triggered.

Specific strategies are presented to resource clients in developing adaptive information from EMDR Therapy, and experiential strategies from Catherine’s own work, influenced by interpersonal neurobiology (Siegal, 2018; Hansen, 2018), polyvagal theory (Dana, 2018), and empirical research on trust (Brown, 2015). The content in this workshop is interwoven with clinical demonstrations and opportunities to practice skills throughout the workshop.

Detailed Content Summary

Part 1: Neurobiology of attachment

  • Why normal resourcing might not work with attachment injury
  • Recognising defenses against attachment
  • Strategies to address these defenses

Part 2: Safety: What has to be safe?

  • My body and its emotional responses
  • Other people
  • Love and Connection

Part 3: Responsibility: Who is responsible for making the children lovable?

  • Psychoeducation about Responsibility
  • Responsible for the self, one’s mistakes and somewhat one’s the environment: curating relationships and environments with values and assertiveness
  • Disentangling Blame and Responsibility

Part 4: Choices

  • Choosing to Heal, Choosing to Hope, Choosing to Matter
  • Choosing to exist, to feel, to set boundaries, to take on the metaphysical risk of existence, which means: people won’t like you sometimes
  • Choosing to connect in healthy ways
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