In this three day, one of a kind workshop, participants will be able to dive deeply into both the science and the clinical implications of attachment research with the leading pioneers in the field, Mary Main, Erik Hesse and Daniel Siegel. We will focus especially on the development and outcomes of those with disorganized attachment, exploring how to both deeply understand its etiology and approaches to healing this form of developmental trauma.
Among the subjects covered are: Frightening and Frightened Behaviors, Freezing or Stilling of expression, and simultaneous contradictory behaviours. The program also covers: Outcomes of Disorganized Attachment in various populations, social and cognitive dysfunction. motor and learning developmental patterns, speech and language difficulties based on attachment disorganization, and the link between Disorganized Attachment and adult dissociative disorders.
During the course of the three days, two senior clinicians will present their clinical work with children and families; Dr. Paula Thomson will discuss her use of the AAI in treatment and Dr. Bonnie Goldstein will present videotapes of her sessions with children. Drs. Mary Main, Erik Hesse, and Daniel Siegel will discuss the cases.
By spending time in person over these three days, a unique opportunity is available for clinicians, scientists, educators and other professionals to comprehensively engage with the faculty and the material. Come join us for this chance to become immersed in a synthesis of science and clinical practice to help those who've experienced disorganization and other challenges to wellbeing in their attachment histories.
Mary Main, Ph.D. & Erik Hesse, Ph.D. - Drs. Main and Hesse are professors in the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. They are known for discovering the "disorganized" patterns of infant and child attachment (with Judith Solomon and Jude Cassidy)and for identifying the sometimes startling forms of frightening/dissociative behavior seen in parents dentified as unresolved/disorganized on the Adult Attachment Interview
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. - Dr. Siegel is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Founding Editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology and the author of several books on related topics. He has been trained in the AAI, and is well known for his many works concerning the mind/brain and therapeutic process.
Paula Thomson, PsyD is Professor, California State University, Northridge; Professor Emeritus, York University. She is certified in the application of the AAI. She is in private practice in Tarzana, California. Recently, she has published several articles on the impact of trauma on creativity.
Frances Nkara, filmmaker is President of Nkara Films, with a masters degree in biophysics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. While studying for her PhD in neurobiophysics at U C Berkeley, she has been working closely with Mary Main and Erik Hesse.
Bonnie Goldstein, PhD is an Adjunct Professor, USC School of Social Work; Director of Lifespan Psychological Services, author, I'll Know What to Do; co-editor, Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and Treating Attention-Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents.
Coordinator: Marion F. Solomon, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Training, Lifespan Learning Institute; Faculty, Dept. of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine; author of Narcissism and Intimacy and Lean On Me; co-author: Love and War in Intimate Relationships. She is in private practice in West Los Angeles, working with couples and individuals.
Disclosure: The Lifespan Learning Institute has implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of any educational activity must disclose any relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest. The speakers, presenters and planning committee members for this educational activity disclose that they have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. This program is funded solely by registration fees.
Those attending this conference will be able to:
1. Identify 2 similarities between disorganized attachment and borderline personality disorders.
2. Understand 3 physiological indices of disorganized attachment.
3. Identify the full attachment spectrum.
4. Recognize parental facial expression in frightened and frightening behavior.
5. Identify 3 characteristics of ambivalent attachment.
6. Identify 3 behaviors related to disorganized attachment.
7. Distinguish between disorganized attachment and unclassified on the AAI.
8. Explain attachment related states of mind.
9. Distinguish disorganized attachment and dissociation.
10. Explain how attachment theory is applied to treatment of children
11. Name three states of disorganized attachment
12. Justify the use of the AAI in healing problems related to disorganized attachments.
13. Appraise the science and clinical applications of attachment research.
14. Explain how the AAI can be used to identify avoidant attachment.
15. Construct an approach to healing for those with developmental trauma.
16. Examine the connection between early trauma and disorganized attachment
17. Categorize developmental trauma patient's attachment style.
18. Explain how a coherent narrative affects adult attachemnt attachment
19. Contrast treatments for disorganized attachment and insecure attachment.
20. Analyze videotape sessions of disorganized attachment.
This Workshop offers 21 CE Hours
You must attend the complete program to receive CE Credit
It is your responsibility to verify with your licensing / certification board directly to determine eligibility of this program to meet your continuing education requirements.
APA: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this conference and its content. This conference offers 21 hours of CE credit.
BBS: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to provide continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs (provider #PCE 21). This conference meets the qualifications for up to 21 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California BBS.
BRN: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #03424) to offer this activity for up to 21 contact hours.
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The Lifespan Learning Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
NBCC: Lifespan Learning Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program(NBCC ACEP #5981). This course offers up to 21 NBCC clock hours.
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Friday, May 15
9:00 – 9:15 AM Introduction
Marion Solomon, PhD
Long distinguished for her pioneering work in bringing psychology to the world of the practicing clinician, Dr. Solomon will outline the objectives and goals for this three day conference; present an overview of her three-decade work in psychology, which began with a week-long immersion course with Dr. John Bowlby in London; and outline the objectives and goals of today's three-day conference. Segments of her talk will be videotaped, and available for audience participants at this same dayʼs lunch break.
9:15 – 10:00AM How Attachment Theory Illuminates the Nature of Well-being and Clinical Distress
Daniel Siegel, MD
At the onset of this conference, audience members will be introduced to the foundations of Attachment theory. The goal of the morning will be to ensure that participants have a comprehensive grasp of Attachment theory and the research substantiating the validity of the parent-child dyad. Dan Siegel will lead off by elucidating particular elements of this past of research in attachment from an interpersonal neurobiology aspect and through his neuroscience viewpoint.
10:00 – 10:30AM Introduction to Attachment
Mary Main, PhD
Dr. Main opens the first hour of this three-day immersion, with the goal of ensuring that the audience members are provided with a solid foundation of the discoveries in primate and human anthropology which — together with his earlier awareness of the work of James and Joyce Roberton — set the stage for Bowlbyʼs recognition of the the ways in which gaining and maintaining proximity to a mothering figure both provides feelings of security and, in doing so, encourages exploration and play. This point has been established in much of primate anthropology; in studies of young children undergoing hospital or other separations from parents; and in the work of Bowlbyʼs colleague, Mary Ainsworth in both Uganda and Baltimore. However, in Baltimore, Ainsworth — using short separations from and reunions with the parent in an unfamiliar laboratory environment (known as the strange situation) — found that while a majority of infants were secure with the mother, some were avoidant or ambivalent.
10:30 – 11:00AM Introduction to Attachment (continued)
Erik Hesse, PhD
In this talk Dr. Hesse focuses on his invention, with Mary Main and Ruth Goldwyn, of a system of analyzing speech characteristics as studied in transcripts of the Adult Attachment Interview (George, Kaplan & Main, 1984, 1996). Dr. Hesse's initial presentation focuses on the Attachment research that has transpired historically at Berkeley. He will describe the implications of frightening parental behavior (including frightened and dissociative, as well as directly frightening behavior, see Hesse & Main, 1999) for the attachment dyad, and explore the newest category of infant attachment, Disorganized Attachment (Main and Solomon 1986, 1990).
11:00 – 11:10AM BREAK
11:10 – 12:30 PM Discussion
Drs. Daniel Siegel, Mary Main, Erik Hesse
This panel discussion offers the three presenters an opportunity to clarify and elucidate any salient points that they feel the audience needs to learn to better understand attachment. Ample time will be allocated for clarification and audience question and answer, with the objective of laying a foundation for future learning through a solid understanding of the foundations of Attachment.
12:30 – 1:40 PM LUNCH
Optional one-hour video segment with Dr. John Bowlby-the grandfather of Attachment Theory, taped by Dr. Solomon three decades ago.
1:40 – 2:45 PM Infant Disorganized Attachment: Associated with Frightening
Forms of Parental Behavior
Drs. Mary Main & Erik Hesse
This collaborative presentation will describe the impact of early environment, particularly with parental disruption of the safety of the infant. Building upon Dr. Hesse's morning presentation of Disorganized Attachment, both Drs. Hesse and Main will present tools for assessment and evaluation.
2:45 – 3:45 PM Clinical Implications of Attachment Disorganization
Drs. Siegel, Main & Hesse
Dr. Siegel joins the collaborative afternoon, illuminating treatment implications for the Attachment challenges, both working with the client, and also with the therapist. The objective of this presentation is to help both new and seasoned therapists to develop clinical tools for understanding and treating trauma and implications of Disorganized Attachment.
3:45 – 3:55 PM BREAK
3:55 – 5:00 PM Discussion and Q & A
Presenters with Audience
In order to best achieve the our participants learning objectives, both written audience questions and oral (through podium microphones) will be invited by our speakers. Presenters will also have ample opportunity to dialogue between one another in order to help clarify and better understand the concepts presented at the conclusion of the first day of the conference. Evening reading and homework recommendations will also be offered, including recommendation that all participants review the Adult Attachment Inventory (AAI) in order to prepare for days two and three. (A download link for the reading material will be sent to you after you register)
Saturday, May 16
9:00 – 9:15 AM Introduction
Marion Solomon, PhD
Dr. Solomon will offer a brief opportunity for audience questions and comments (to be answered later by our keynote speakers, Main, Siegel and Hesse). She will present an overview of day two's curriculum.
9:15 – 10:15 AM The Full Attachment Spectrum: Secure, Avoidant, Ambivalent, Disorganized, Unclassified
Drs. Main, Hesse & Siegel
A collaborative in-depth presentation of the Attachment categories begins with clarification of the category of Secure attachment and discontinuous-secure (formerly termed earned-secure) attachment. Both assessment and clinical interventions will eluciddate the etology and approaches to helping to heal developmental traumas for clients that do not fall into the Secure and Earned-Secure categories.
10:15 – 11:15 AM What AAI questions Tell Us About Attachment Related States of Mind
Mary Main, PhD & Erik Hesse, PhD
Drs. Main and Hesse will overview the Adult Attachment Interview, initially devised by George, Kaplan and Main in conjunction with a study of Bay Area Families. They will describe as well the system of analysis developed for this interview, which permits its division into categories directly parallel to, and predictive of, the infantʼs Strange Situation response. They will emphasize the importance of a Coherent narrative, in which the stories have a consistent, step-by-step, reflective, integrative element of Coherence. The importance of understanding this element in assessing state of mind will be highlighted.
11:15 – 11:25 AM BREAK
11:25 – 12:15 PM Treatment of individuals with Disorganized Attachment and with Dissociation
Daniel Siegel, MD
Dr. Siegel will focus on the developmental challenges and outcomes of those with disorganized attachment, and clinical implications for therapeutic intervention.
12:15 - 1:25 PM LUNCH
1:25 – 2:25 PM Presentation of An Adult Clinical Case
Paula Thomson, PsyD
De. Paula Thomson joins the keynote presenters offering clinical illustrations of her use of the Adult Attachment Inventory in treatment, drawing upon her many-year work and extensive training administrating, coding and evaluating the AAI.
2:25 – 3:25 PM Discussion of Clinical Application of Attachment to Treatment
Drs. Thomson, Siegel, Main & Hesse will discuss the clinical implications of the case material Dr. Thomson presents, and there will be a collaborative discussion of ways to build upon Dr. Thomson's clinical study.
3:25 – 3:35PM BREAK
3:35 – 5:00 PM Discussion and Q & A
An integrative discussion will offer audience attendees to better understand and ask questions of Drs. Thomson, Siegel, Main & Hesse. Homework assignments will include a selection of readings from which particpants can choose.
Sunday, May 17
9:00 – 9:15 AM Introduction
Marion Solomon, PhD
Dr. Solomon will overview the focus of day three, which sheds light upon the therapist in the dyadic relationship with patients who have experienced trauma and early life challenges.
9:15 – 10:15 AM How Therapeutic Relationships Utilize Attachment
Daniel Siegel, MD
Dr. Siegel will present a synthesis of relationships and interpersonal neurobiology, helping our audience to become immersed in the cutting-edge research of the mindbrain-body trilogy and of past-stories as they impact present experience. The relationship between patient-therapist will be the emphasis of this presentation, including the Importance of psychobiological regulation in therapeutic relationship as an element of change.
10:15 – 11:10 AM Working with Children & Parent-Child Dyads through the lens of Attachment:(short segments of video taped sessions)
Bonnie Goldstein, PhD
Through the lens of Attachment Theory, Dr. Goldstein's presentation will emphasize the wide-range of treatment implications for parents, children, adolescents, family members, group leaders and members, etc.
11:10 – 11:20 AM BREAK
11:20 – 12:30 PM Clinical Treatment: Q & A and Discussion
Dr. Goldstein will join keynote speakers, Drs. Main, Hesse and Siegel, in an integrative discussion of the case material, in an effort to elucidate treatment implications for audience participants.
12:30 – 1:40 PM LUNCH
1:40 – 2:45 PM Embodied Attachment: Dance, Presence, and Movement in Attachment
Drs. Siegel, Main & Hesse
Through the mind-brain-body understanding of integration and repair, BOTH research and case-studies will be illustrated in this presentation of embodied Attachment, both for secure/earned secure clients, and for our clients with more tramautic experiences.
2:45 – 3:45 PM Downpour Resurfacing, a film by Frances Nkara.
Frances Nkara, Drs. Mary Main & Erik Hesse
In this film, Dr. Robert Hall narrates a story of extreme trauma experienced in childhood and early adolescence, its effects, and what he sees as the path to his eventual recovery. With his story, the film traces an individualʼs transition from early abuse related disorganization, though recovery sufficient to begin clinical work helping others. This award-winning film premiered at Sundance, was shown nationally on PBS, and is used at universities across the US and Canada. Frances Nkara is currently studying for her doctorate in Psychology with an emphasis in Attachment, at UC Berkeley.
3:45 – 3:55 PM BREAK
3:55 – 5:00 PM Final Discussion and Q & A
Presenters with Moderator, Dr. Marion Solomon:
In this final comprehensive panel, audience members and keynote speakers join together as Dr. Solomon navigates the questions of the audience and the comments of the speakers. Recommendations for further readings from all our speakers and from others working in this literature will be provided.
$495.00 for early enrollment ($515.00 after May 1st)
Register Online lifespanlearn.org or Call (310) 474.2505
Location - The Crest Theater, 1262 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hotel & Travel - contact Suzan Lamishaw (310) 284-5160 Download a list of nearby hotels. Hotel Palomar - 310.475.8711 - is Conference Central and only a few blocks from the Crest.
Parking - validated parking at an affordable rate behind the theater.
Lunch - There will be morning and afternoon refreshments, however, lunch is NOT included. There are several affordable restaurants very nearby.
Course Reading Materials: The suggested reading materials will be in .pdf format. A download link will be sent to you after registration.
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