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Title: ATTACHMENT THEORY - informing and enhancing the practice of psychotherapy.Seminar 3. Attachment Theory, Developmental Psychopathology and Trauma – Understanding and Responding to Complexity
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop: Attachment Theory is becoming a more mature, accepted scientific enterprise steadily impacting social, legal, and institutional policy-making for more than 60 years. The story of the theory’s clinical take-up has been more mixed but this appears to be changing. Hardly a month goes by without the release of a new, serious publication researching some dimension of attachment and psychotherapy. At the turn of the previous century, Freud dreamt of a future scientific psychology that might underpin psychotherapy but then suppressed that vision for reasons not fully obvious, but still deserving of debate. Fortunately, much has changed since 1895. Our grasp of the scientific method has evolved, as have key disciplines of cognitive science, developmental psychology and neuroscience, not to mention crucial shifts in the ways we practice psychotherapy. However, our theories of the developing mind underpinning therapy have remained vague and less articulated. Attachment Theory represents an important piece in the theoretical puzzle that is the mind: encompassing affect, intentionality & agency, which have historically been troublesome notions for scientific study.
Course / Workshop Outline: 1. Introductions and brief review of attachment basics. 2. The scientific foundations of Attachment Theory’s and its important contribution to lifespan developmental psychopathology: 3. Attachment injury, risk and its relationships with the various diagnostic categories 4. The continuum of normality and the practice of psychotherapy: Problems of living versus disorders 5. Healing the past in the present: An “attachment-informed” psychotherapy–not attachment psychotherapy. 6. Bringing it all together: Therapeutic change short-term, medium or longer term?
Duration (hrs): 7
Course / Workshop content: After an introduction to the Basics of Attachment Theory, the course will cover: 1. The important empirical contribution made by Attachment Theory to developmental psychopathology, especially the notion of disorganisation and unresolved trauma. 2. How attachment approaches to developmental insult align with current understanding concepts of risk and trauma, as well as various approaches to diagnoses of disorder. 3. Understanding how non-pathological non-medical models are also be supported within an attachment framework–working with problems in living. 4. An elaboration of an attachment-informed therapy that may be better considered to be less a distinct modality, but may also provide a conceptual basis for understanding various lengths of and frequencies within therapeutic encounters. 5. How understanding current attachment dynamics may better help therapists to assess what may be required and what good therapeutic outcomes might be. All course notes and resources are provided. This third of seven attachment seminars by respected researcher, scholar, therapist and supervisor, Kevin Keith, will provide a closer look at notions of trauma, experiential injury and disorder and how Attachment Theory may inform the therapeutic applications for both severe and less troubled therapy. This series may be attended in any sequence.
Start Date: 04/11/2012
Start Time 09:00:00
End Time 17:30:00
End Date: 04/11/2012

Presenter / Provider Details

Presenter / Provider: Kevin KEITH
Qualifications: Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2004-05. Grad Dip - Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy / Oxford University, Wolfson College, Oxford, UK, 1990-92. MPhil - Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman World / Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, Louvain, Belgium, 1986-89. - PHD Candidacy- All coursework and candidacy, New Testament Exegesis, Magna Cum Laude / STL - New Testament Exegesis, Magna Cum Laude / MA Philosophy&Religious Studies, Cum Laude / St. Meinrad School of Theology, IN, USA, 1978-1982. MDiv - Pastoral Counselling/Ministry / University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA, 1973-1978. BBA – Business Accounting
Experience: Kevin Keith is a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor who splits time between private practice and his work as a counsellor with ACON. He is also a lecturer in the Jansen Newman Master’s Program. Kevin is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney (History and Philosophy of Science Unit) with research interests in Attachment Theory. His provisional thesis is Assessing Bowlby’s Radical Overhaul of Freud’s Metapsychology: Attachment Theory, Resilience and the Regulation of Negative Affect. He is acclaimed as an engaging and inspiring presenter whose seminars change the way therapists perceive and work with their clients in ways that surprise and delight.

Venue Details

Address: Aerial Function Centre
Address 2: Level 7 UTS Building 10, 235 Jones Street,
Suburb: ULTIMO
State: NSW
Postcode: 2087
Website: http://www.aerialutsfunctioncentre.com.au
Parking: Street
Is there disability parking and entry?
Are meals included with this event?
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch

Registration Details

Registration process: register at: http://www.pdpseminars.com.au/
Cost ($): Standard rate: $265
Cost Description (if applicable): Standard rate: $265 Early bird: $198 Students and New Graduates: HALF PRICE (on application)
Contact Name: Carmen Nicotra
Contact Phone: 1300887622
Contact Email: info@PDPseminars.com.au

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