The Neuroscience of Attachment


The Neuroscience of Attachment: helping clients move from co-regulation to self-regulation.

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The Neuroscience of Attachment: helping clients move from co-regulation to self-regulation.

Attachment theory originally was developed as a trauma theory (Bowlby, 1989) but is now conceptualised more as a regulation theory (Schore, 2009). Our therapeutic work with clients often involves working with a wide range of emotions, varying from muted to very strong emotional reactions. Emotional regulation forms the foundation of emotional intelligence and overall wellbeing in our clients. In the attachment we form with our clients, the research has shown that the more securely attached the client is with the therapist (co-regulation), the greater their capacity to regulate their emotions (self-regulation), which otherwise would have been too overwhelming for them to cope with on their own.
What material does this seminar cover?

In this seminar we will explore emotion regulation in the client-therapist dyad in light of early attachment dynamics. Firstly, the neuroscience of attachment from a developmental and therapeutic perspective will be presented. An explanation of how healthy attachment develops throughout the lifespan will be given, as well as insights from the field of neuroscience. A case study of a child with complex developmental trauma will be presented. Secondly, Gordon Neufeld’s 5 step model of working with emotions will be outlined. From these insights, a case studies applying this model to working with children and adults will be given to illustrate the application of this knowledge to clinical practice.

Who is this seminar for?

This seminar is for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, anyone working in mental health who wants to understand the relational foundations of what leads to human thriving.

When you purchase this course you will get:

4 videos you can watch with no time limit (but not download or share with others for copyright purposes

a pdf of the slides with the links to other video material embedded

a pdf of the slides in a booklet format for you to write notes in the margins

a copy of a peer-reviewed journal article based on this topic