Exploring the dynamics of attachment in adult life
A five-day personal and professional development course for therapists.
- Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th January
- Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th February
- Sunday 22nd March
As therapists, we are professional caregivers, and our work requires us to respond to the needs of others who seek care from us. Care-seeking and caregiving are instinctive biological systems which, working in a straightforward manner, enhance our well-being and sense of self. However, when our care-seeking needs are not adequately met by responsive caregiving in infancy and childhood, our patterns of care-seeking and caregiving can be defensive (infiltrated by fear-system responses) and become complicated and ineffective.
This applies both to us as therapists and to the clients who come to us for help. However, when our clients' fearful care-seeking meets our fearful caregiving, neither of us achieves our goals and both are frustrated and diminished. As therapists, we too often don’t create the conditions that support our own personal and psychological development, and patterns of defensive caregiving can ultimately create disillusionment and burnout.
This course, conducted over five days in a closed confidential experiential group, is aimed at helping therapists to explore their own patterns of care-seeking and caregiving and become aware of the changes they might be able to make to these patterns in order to enhance their ability to both care-seek and care give more effectively and appropriately. This can lead to a significant improvement in well-being and self-esteem.
The theory behind this course was developed by Dorothy Heard and Brian Lake who built on the work of Bowlby, Ainsworth and others to formulate the 'dynamics of attachment in adult life' consisting of seven biologically-based systems which, working together, strengthen and develop the self and help it to recover and maintain well-being in the face of threat. These seven systems are;
- interest-sharing (exploration and play)
- affectionate sexuality
- the way we shape our external environment to be more or less supportive
- our 'internal environment', in which we either treat ourselves compassionately, or we attack and undermine ourselves
All of these seven systems are explored during this course.
The course itself was developed by Una McCluskey who integrated Heard and Lake’s work with her own research on attunement and has created a way of working in groups that foster a safe environment for exploration and personal development. Therapists who have been put off working in a group by experiences of unsafe personal development groups during their training will find this approach very different.
To book on this course, please contact email@example.com.
Hosted by Michael Guilding
Fran and Michael Guilding have trained with Una McCluskey over a number of years in the method of group work that will be used in this course. Michael has worked in the NHS and was Head of Primary Care Counselling in the York and Selby area. Fran has worked at Relate with couples, families and young people. Both now work in independent practice.