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Title: ATTACHMENT THEORY - informing and enhancing the practice of psychotherapy. Seminar 4. Attachment Theory and Psychodynamic Practices with Adults – Affective Reflection, Relational Configurations and Therapeutic Transparency
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. Attachment models and affect-regulation in various psychodynamic approaches: The evidence contribution 3. Individual attachment differences and relational configurations: making more space for the uniqueness in therapeutic alliances 4. Therapeutic challenges: Learning to expand our ways of being with clients 5. Transparency, questions of power and client empowerment in our practices of therapy
Duration (hrs): 7
Course / Workshop content: After a brief review of the Basics of Attachment Theory, the course will cover: 1. The various psychodynamic approaches that have included or embraced attachment theory and the evidence emerging for both contribution of therapeutic relationship and loner term interventions; 2. How individual attachment differences and attachment history–client and therapist–may contribute to the formation of a unique therapeutic alliance; 4. Therapeutic challenges requiring more than a one-size fits all approach to therapy with a focus on identifying where participant counsellors/therapists might expand our ways of being with clients; 5. A look at questions transparency in therapy, specifically, “What does a client have right to know about therapeutic process”, “How do we avoid power configurations that promote unnecessary regression”, “What might count as an appropriate therapist disclosure”, “What would constitute client empowerment in an inner-subjectively envisioned therapy?” All course notes and resources are provided. This fourth of seven attachment seminars by respected researcher, scholar, therapist and supervisor, Kevin Keith, will support therapists in applying attachment notions to the development of their therapeutic relationships and enhancement of healing relationships. This series may be attended in any sequence.
Start Date: 25/11/2012
Start Time 09:00:00
End Time 17:30:00
End Date: 25/11/2012

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: 2007
Website: http://www.aerialutsfunctioncentre.com.au
Parking: Street
Is there disability parking and entry?
Are meals included with this event? Yes
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: inor@pdpseminars.com.au

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