Understanding attachment and working with attachment disorders
This training day looks at the factors that inhibit attachment such as lack of attunement and mentalisation, dissociation, shame, traumatic bonding, and fear of abandonment and how to work with these relational inhibitors to minimise distancing, make contact and facilitate connection. Topics covered include:
- Attachment theory and research.
- The role of attunement and mentalisation.
- The range of attachment styles, especially disorganised attachment, in both client and practitioner.
- Traumatic bonding.
- The range of disorders of attachment such as Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and Developmental Trauma Disorder.
- The link between attachment and relational trauma, and adult presentations such as Borderline Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder.
- The interplay of client and practitioner attachment style and how this can aid or hinder the therapeutic relationship.
- Strategies and skills to engage survivors.
- How to make and sustain contact and connection by being present and embodied.
- How to manage clients' fear of ending and sense of loss.
Christiane Sanderson BSc., MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. With 30 years’ experience working with survivors of child sexual abuse, sexual violence, complex trauma and domestic abuse.
In her capacity as a sexual violence and child sexual abuse consultant she has contributed to news coverage on BBC TV and BBC Radio, and Sky News, as well as being featured in a number of documentaries involving sexual violence, most recently Fred and Rose (West): The Untold Story (Channel 5, 2014); ‘Hotel of Horrors’ (2014) and The Cul-de-Sac Cult (2015) on the Crime and Investigation Network (Sky Channel 553).
Christiane is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame; Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse; Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition; Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse; The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.