Attachment-based Counselling (ABC) Level 2: Working with Depression

When clients come to counselling, many struggle with frustration which may manifest as depression. If their life was working for them, there would be no need to seek help. In this seminar you will be introduced to a reconceptualization of Dollard and Millar’s (1945) Frustration-Aggression hypothesis for depression, integrating Neufeld’s attachment-based developmental paradigm to offer 3 intervention points for our clients struggling with depression. The processes of registering futility, adaptation and integration are crucial for clients to avoid falling into a depressive state.

We will look at how our clients may struggle with the process of adaptation and so, by default, their frustration may be expressed as aggression (whether that be directed at the self – bullying self-talk, self-injurious behavior, self-blame/helplessness/powerlessness, or directed at the other- attacking verbally, physically, emotional abuse and impotent rage). In this context we will explore the gift of tears of futility leading to adaption, and the gift of mixed emotions (which involves the integrative function of the pre-frontal cortex) and being at psychological rest for the neo-cortex and executive functioning to come ‘back on line’.

Neufeld’s 5-step model of working with emotions to process frustration healthily, will be presented so counsellors can help their  clients embrace their vulnerability and develop adaptive functioning in their prefrontal cortex.

This seminar is the second of a 3 part series, which systematically outlines the principles of the Attachment-based Developmental Paradigm (Neufeld) which I have adapted into Attachment-based Counselling model, applying the key principles to therapy (mainly with adults but it has huge application to working with children). So in order for you to gain the most out of this training it is best that you watch the series from the introduction ABC 1-2 and then finish with 3 (working with anxiety/alarm).  

Time: 9-4:30 (Registration at 9:00 event starts at 9:30)

Parking is available on Laidlaw campus – access 80 Central Park drive

Pre-requisite: attendance at ABC Level 1 course. 

This seminar is being offered at a reduced rate of $200 (+ GST) (normally $250) due to it being filmed and I am looking for a gentle responsive audience to live-present to so that I am put the video course on line in future. GET IN QUICK AT THIS REDUCED RATE!

Cancellation Policy:

Registration closes Feb 15, 2020.

If the participant cancels with one month notice then a full refund is offered (minus a $25 admin fee); with 3 weeks notice then a 50% refund is offered; with 2 weeks notice a 25% refund is offered. With less than one week notice, no refund will be given.

Refreshments for morning and afternoon tea are provided. Lunch: bring your own to eat at the courtyard on campus or source from local cafes. Please email me if you have any dietary restrictions when you register

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Hourly Schedule

Day 1

9:00 (registration. Event starts at 9:30)


22 Feb 2020


9:00 registration- event from 9:30-4:30
All Day


200 + GST


Laidlaw College Auckland


Ruth Lawson-McConnell
Ruth Lawson-McConnell

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  • Ruth McConnell
    24/12/2019 11:36

    parking is available on Henderson Campus – entrance 80 Central Park Drive
    Lecture Room 3 is where seminar will be held

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