ANZAP Pre-Conference Workshop (1 of 2) Presented by Dr Jackie Amos - The Deep Roots of Trauma: Attachment and Adaptation through the Lifespan
Contact Anne Malecki

How human beings respond to trauma has deep roots, in individual development, and in the evolution of our species. John Bowlby was evolutionary theorist. He collaborated with prominent ethologists to develop attachment theory: a theory about how mammalian infants and their caregivers cooperate to manage the infant’s fear and distress. Bowlby proposed that infants and their caregivers develop styles of relating that promote survival by ensuring an infant’s proximity to their caregiver when fearful and in need. Fear is also central in trauma. Early attachment experiences condition patterns of help seeking and care giving in the face of potentially traumatising experiences.

Attachment styles develop, before we acquire language. They are embodied, encoded in implicit memory, and can remain hidden to us. As a result of this, attachment styles can underpin unconscious attentional biases in our work. These biases will be most when a client’s presenting difficulties activate our attachment-caregiving systems, driving us to respond automatically. In this workshop, we will utilise experiential processes to support an embodied understanding of our own attachment styles, and familiarise ourselves with the range of attachment styles that we encounter in a psychotherapeutic practice.

Location Wesley Conference Centre, Pitt Street, Sydney
Attachment styles develop, before we acquire language. They are embodied, encoded in implicit memory, and can remain hidden to us. As a result of this, attachment styles can underpin unconscious attentional biases in our work. These biases will be most when a client’s presenting difficulties activate our attachment-caregiving systems, driving us to respond automatically. In this workshop, we will utilise experiential processes to support an embodied understanding of our own attachment styles, and familiarise ourselves with the range of attachment styles that we encounter in a psychotherapeutic practice.

CONTACT ANZAP

ANZAP Ltd
PO Box 3595
WAREEMBA NSW 2046

Key Contact: Anne Malecki. 
Ph: (02) 8004 9873 from Australia
Ph: (04) 887 0300 Toll free from New Zealand
Fax: (02) 9012 0546
Email: info@anzap.com.au

First Point of Contact

Anne Malecki is responsible for the ANZAP Secretariat. She is the first point of contact for all matters. 

Telephone: AUS (02) 8004 9873

Email: info@anzap.com.au

 

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