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519 Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice

Daniel Siegel Daniel Siegel • Saturday Afternoon

Recent and ongoing research confirms the complex interactions of biology and environment that can influence our sense of attachment to others from the earliest moments of life---and throughout our lives. This workshop will bring a comprehensive perspective---grounded in both neurobiology and psychology---to the theory of attachment.

We’ll see that children have begun to incorporate relationship patterns in their brains, and their bodies, long before they’ve developed the capacity for language, which explains why neglect and trauma can have a lifelong impact on attachment patterns. You’ll learn that the brain’s neuroplasticity is such that change is both possible and ongoing. You’ll take away specific techniques that’ll help you use the latest knowledge of how the brain remodels itself to assist clients in building more comfortable, secure, and successful attachments in their relationships.

Daniel Siegel, M.D., is clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he’s coinvestigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and codirector of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. His books include Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, and the forthcoming Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology.