Attachment trauma is the result of parenting patterns that are unpredictable, neglectful and / or abusive during infancy and young childhood. Attachment injuries have been categorized as insecure ambivalent, insecure avoidant or disorganized. While these states arise as manifestations of survival strategies – these are, by no means inflexible or fixed for life. As therapists, we can create a conducive environment for addressing such attachment injuries through the therapeutic relationship; so as to help clients create satisfying lives and relationships in adulthood. 

We also need to be mindful of the fact that just as there is no such thing as the perfect parent, there is also no perfect therapist. In order to work with early childhood trauma successfully, therapists must be aware of how personal, unresolved attachment injuries can contribute to clinical blind spots.

At this engaging and practical seminar, Dr Arielle Schwartz discusses how therapists can help their clients reclaim their lives from the costs of childhood trauma, by deepening compassion and reducing shame that often accompanies developmental wounds. Dr Schwartz presents a Resilience Informed Approach, which applies research on trauma recovery to form a strength-based, trauma treatment model that includes EMDR therapy, somatic psychology, parts-work and relational psychotherapy. Specifically, we discuss:

  • Co-regulation and mutual regulation as the foundations for healing attachment trauma
  • Examples of top-down and bottom up interventions in trauma treatment
  • How to assess for dissociation and identify client’s parts or ego states
  • Learn effective strategies to help us work with preverbal memories
  • Articulate the six stages of trauma responses within the neurobiology of PTSD as it relates to clinical treatment
  • Explore relational Interventions for shame

CPD Hours: 4

Ticket prices:

Individual ticket for 2 year access: £56
(note: if you face any problems booking online, please call us at 020 7096 1722)