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Putting Attachment Theory Into Practice

Although Attachment Theory is widely accepted for its insights into early psychological development, therapists are rarely taught how to apply it in their day-to-day practice. After all, how can you help clients with attachment injuries that they may have acquired before they’d learned to speak or use language to organize memory? This webcast brings together some of the leaders responsible for the latest advances in developing attachment-based therapy to help you answer that question while expanding your depth, range and effectiveness as a therapist.

Join Diane Poole Heller, Bruce Ecker, Susan Johnson, Daniel Hughes, Maggie Phillips, and David Feinstein.


They'll teach you how to:

  • Identify when a client is suffering from attachment-based issues.
  • Assess more accurately your clients’ different attachment styles and how to best address each one.
  • Better tune into the powerful nonverbal dimension of therapy, including both clues from clients and your own non-verbal communication.
  • Create a safe environment for clients that enables you to establish a deeper therapeutic connection.
  • Apply the principles of Attachment Theory with couples, children, and families as well as pain and trauma sufferers.

6 Leading Experts! 6 Information-Packed Sessions!

Session 1

Presencing Secure Attachment

Diane Poole Heller

Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D.

Explore practical techniques designed to offer clients with attachment injuries an emotionally corrective experience. You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify and assess the different styles of troubled attachment.
  • Increase your non-verbal skills for creating a secure attachment bond and safety in the therapy room.
  • Create rapport with clients by speaking the distinctive “language” of the various attachment styles.
  • Incorporate well-timed humor and playfulness into your style.
  • Use experiential exercises like “Kind Eyes,” “Welcome to the World,” and “Beam Gleam.”

Session 2

When Is Attachment the Issue?

Bruce Ecker

Bruce Ecker, M.A., L.M.F.T

Expand your ability for determining whether a client’s problems are rooted in early childhood experiences or have some other source by:

  • Learning how to explore for the emotional necessity of any given symptom.
  • Acquiring techniques for making explicit the specific underlying emotional learnings that maintain symptomatic behaviors.
  • Understanding the principles of memory reconsolidation and the three-step process necessary to dissolve symptom-generating emotional learnings.
  • Finding out about techniques like sentence completion, symptom deprivation and other methods for discovering the often unconscious beliefs and schemas that maintain problematic symptoms.
  • Using juxtaposition interventions to dissolve problematic beliefs and symptoms.

Session 3

Hearts and Bones: Attachment and Sexuality

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson, Ed.D.

Deepen your understanding of what secure, integrated sexuality looks like and explore how to address sexual issues in attachment-based couples therapy. You’ll learn:

  • The three primary styles of sexual relationship: sealed-off sex, solace sex and synchrony sex.
  • How to differentiate between primary and secondary emotions.
  • How to listen with an attachment ear when couples present with sexual problems.
  • How to facilitate hold-me-tight conversations that enable couples to address longstanding attachment issues in their relationships.
  • How the methods of Emotional Focused Therapy can be applied to help couples create greater intimacy in their relationship and achieve sexual reconnection.

Session 4

Getting Through to Shutdown Children and Families

Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes, Ph.D.

Learn how to get through to difficult children as well as their overstressed, burned-out parents by:

  • Applying the skills of PACE (play, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) in your therapeutic work.
  • Establishing easy-to-read transparency, both verbally and non-verbally, as the foundation of your therapeutic connection with troubled kids.
  • Focusing on a child’s interests and everyday experiences while avoiding a premature exploration of symptoms and problems in therapy’s early stages.
  • Engaging children in developing a story about their life while communicating safety, empathy and authentic compassion, especially with abused children.
  • Developing your skills in taking the lead in actively involving parents in the therapeutic process.

Session 5

Attachment Issues in Chronic Pain

Maggie Phillips

Maggie Phillips, Ph.D.

Explore how to apply the latest discoveries about the connection between unresolved psychological trauma and chronic pain. You’ll learn how to:

  • Structure a first-session assessment of a client presenting with persistent, undiagnosable pain.
  • Distinguish among the four layers of trauma that apply to chronic pain.
  • Explore for issues of abuse, abandonment, neglect, physical injury and others in determining the roots of chronic pain problems.
  • Apply a toolkit of mind-body techniques drawn from various sources including Breathwork, Energy Psychology, Somatic Experiencing and others that can dramatically increase clients’ ability to self-regulate.
  • Give clients new experiences early in treatment that increase hope and motivation for change.

Session 6

Healing Attachment Wounds with Energy Psychology

David Feinstein

David Feinstein, Ph.D.

Learn simple techniques for helping clients with childhood attachment wounds expand their capacity for self-regulation. Explore how:

  • The principles and techniques of energy psychology can be incorporated into any approach to therapy.
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques can be used to neutralize the charge of unresolved attachment trauma.
  • The amygdala and other parts of the brain are affected by tapping and other energy psychology techniques.
  • To structure an energy psychology intervention across a range of problems, including couples conflict, repressed anger and trauma.
  • To set up ways of concretely assessing the impact of energy psychology interventions.
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Have You Ever Wondered...

What's Really Going On?
  • What exactly attachment theory is and how it applies to your therapeutic work?
  • How you can identify when a client suffers from attachment-based issues?
  • How attachment and sexuality are linked?
  • Whether there’s a connection between a client’s past attachment issues and their current physical pain?
  • How energy psychology works and whether it’s a practical treatment option?

We Bring You Freewheeling Conversations,
Probing Questions, Invaluable Answers.

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New Developments Are Emerging All The Time.
Explore Them With Experts Working At The Leading Edge.

Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., an expert in Somatic Experiencing and the DARE: Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience model, is the author of Crash Course: A Self-Healing Guide to Auto Accident Trauma & Recovery.

Bruce Ecker, M.A., L.M.F.T., is codirector of the Coherence Psychology Institute and coauthor of Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation and Depth Oriented Brief Therapy.

Susan Johnson, Ed.D., who helped develop Emotionally Focused Therapy, is the director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and of the International Center for Excellence in EFT. Her latest book is Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

Daniel Hughes, Ph.D., conducts seminars and provides extensive training in the treatment of children and teens with trauma and attachment problems. His books include Building the Bonds of Attachment, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook and Attachment-Focused Parenting.

Maggie Phillips, Ph.D., is the author of Reversing Chronic Pain and the creator of a multimedia online program for professionals and those with pain conditions. Her previous books are Healing the Divided Self and Finding the Energy to Heal.

David Feinstein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, has been on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Antioch College. His books have won eight national awards, including the U.S. Book News Best Psychology/Mental Health Book of 2007.

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The content of this course is at the introductory - intermediate level.