Attachment, simple and complex trauma can have an impact not only on the brain, but also on the personality development of human beings.
In recent years, there has been a growing consensus within the scientific community on the importance of the connections between attachment, trauma, personality development and pathology.
Additionally, thanks to some major advances in all these therapies, the latter have proved – and keep on proving – to be effective in the treatment of attachment disorders and traumas. Besides this, a large number of studies aimed at evaluating the most important and effective aspects of both trauma therapies and the treatment of personality disorders have been recently carried out.
The most leading experts in all these fields will gather in London to share their vast knowledge about attachment, trauma, personality development and psychotherapy.
After the first unforgettable conference in May 2017, this Congress is an unmissable event within the international landscape of psychology and psychotherapy.
Besides eleven different presentations and one panel discussion per day, there will be ample space for discussion. The Congress will be held at the wonderful Queen Elisabeth II Centre, in the heart of London.
These are the Videos you will see:
Richard Schwartz: “The treatment of trauma and the Internal Family Systems Model”
Abstract: Developed over the past three decades, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model offers an empowering and non-pathologizing approach to treating trauma. It helps clients access and undamaged essence from which they heal the parts (subpersonalities) of them that continue to live in shock, pain, and shame. Many trauma therapies propose that the existence of subpersonalities is a sign of pathology — a consequence of the fragmentation of the psyche by traumatic experiences. In contrast, the IFS model sees all parts as innately valuable components of a healthy mind. Trauma does not create these parts, but instead forces many of them out of their naturally valuable functions and healthy states into protective and extreme roles and makes them lose trust in the leadership of the client’s Self, which in IFS is an inner essence of calm, confidence, clarity, connectedness and creativity. This essence does not need to be developed or cultivated and is not damaged by trauma. Most people, and particularly trauma clients, have little access to their Self in their daily lives because it is obscured by the protective parts that dominate them. When their parts trust that it is safe to allow their Self to manifest, clients will immediately display those strengths. The goal then becomes not to eliminate parts but instead to help them relax into the knowledge that they no longer have to be so protective. IFS assists them in realizing that they are no longer under the same level of threat and that there exists a natural inner leader who they can trust. In this way, IFS brings family systems thinking to this internal family, understanding distressed parts in their context, just as family therapists do with problem children, and restoring inner leadership in a way that parallels the creation of secure attachments between parents and children. Very often, trauma clients hold the belief that they have been so damaged that they will never heal and that their very essence is tarnished. When IFS clients experience that their trauma did not touch their essence and that they don’t have to meditate for years to begin to experience liberation from suffering they feel empowered and released from shame. They also learn that their parts are not what they seem, and that by turning toward parts with compassionate curiosity rather than trying to get rid of them, they transform into valuable qualities. This presentation will provide an introduction to the basics of the IFS model and its use with attachment and trauma. An overview of IFS and its clinical applications will be presented and illustrated with video.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- identify the basic theory and principles of Internal Family Systems therapy.
- know how to access their clients’ Self- a core of compassion and other
- deal with client “resistance” more effectively and with less effort.
- know how to utilize the clients’ Self to repair attachment injuries.
- recognize the IFS model as an internal attachment model
- identify the parallels between external and internal attachment styles.
- identify the effects of trauma on parts and Self.
- utilize the model in treating trauma.
- gain an awareness of their own parts and how those parts impact therapy.
- apply IFS principles to transference and counter-transference.
Dan Hughes: “Self Integration through attachment relationships in both psychotherapy and daily living”
Abstract: Central functions and goals of a secure attachment is to develop emotional regulation, reflective functioning, and a coherent autobiographical narrative. Relational traumas impede the development of these core features of healthy human functioning. This presentation will describe how new attachment relationships, in both therapy and in daily life, contain the means of greatly reducing the impact of early traumas. Features of these relationships that promote the integration of the self will be delineated.
Diana Fosha: “Solving the energy crisis one trasformation at time: Neuroplasticity through dyadic and experiential work” (Acellerated Experiential Dinamic Psychotherapy AEDP)
Abstract: Trauma brings with it an energy crisis: a shrinking of life lived with zest, a depletion of resourcefulness. A fundamental goal of therapy, along with ameliorating symptoms and relieving suffering, is to restore vitality and energy, for they are fuel for life. AEDP explores how dyadically regulating and fully processing the emotions of attachment trauma, and then fully metaprocessing the emergent transformational experience, in the context of an emotionally engaged therapeutic dyad, entrains a transformational process where we see neuroplasticity in action. Suffering morphs into flourishing, contraction is motivationally reversed, and a re-orientation toward growth is brought about, and more and more vitality and energy come online. Diana Fosha will make extensive use of videotaped clinical materials which will be moment-to-moment tracked and analyzed to bring the theoretical ideas of the presentation to life in the context of actual clinical sessions exemplifying AEDP in clinical action.
Robin Shapiro: “Healing the hunkered down: rewiring the codependent brain” (Ego State Therapy)
Abstract: People learn who they are by how they’re treated. Some are wired to respond only to the needs of others and don’t know their own needs and live in deep shame. Codependent clients need to know who they are, what they want, that it’s okay to be, and be who they are, and how to operate as a deserving person in the world. The treatment protocol includes an emphasis on a close, connected therapeutic relationship while engaging in trauma-eradication, somatic work, ego-state work, and in the later stages of treatment, assertiveness training, role-playing, and discussion of how the internal changes are brought out into the clients’ lives. The presentation includes didactic material, experiential learning, a simulated demonstration and case histories.
Ed Tronick:”Multilevel Meaning Making, Relational Regulation and Stress”
Abstract: Humans make meaning about themselves in relation to the world of people, the inanimate world and to their own self. These meanings are held within each individual’s states of consciousness which are expanded when individuals in meaningful exchanges form dyadic states of consciousness. Failing to make meaning about one’s self in relation to the world of people and things is a psychological catastrophe, a trauma. Importantly, the meaning about ourselves in the world is made at multiple brain and body – psychobiological – levels. Each of these multiple levels of meaning is affected by stressful and traumatic experiences. New research on humans from my laboratory on genetics, physiology, emotions, epigenetics and caretaker- child interactions will be presented to exemplify this psychobiological conceptualization. Implications for therapeutic interventions will be suggested. The talk will use video tapes of the stillface in infants and children and other contexts will be used to illustrate my thinking.
Louis Cozolino:”Complex trauma in a complex world”
Abstract: We have a century of theories and countless studies relating the many ways in which early experiences impact our physical and psychological well-being later in life. While we are theory rich, our inability to make accurate predictions about any one person highlights the limitations of our knowledge and the complexity of a life. It is beginning to dawn on us that the multitude of factors that contribute to human development – from genetics to environment to everything in between – defies simple causal relationships. This, despite the fact that our minds are so vulnerable to accepting them. Dr. Cozolino will explore some of what we know about the impact of early trauma on the developing brain, the formation of attachment relationships and the emergence of self. He will use “integration” as a common principle of healing across the biological, psychological and social aspects of human functioning and experience. He will also focus on the centrality of attachment during childhood and again during successful psychotherapy.
Guy Diamond: “Developing an attachment rupture narrative to enhance a more cohesive sense of self and other” (Attachment Based Focused Therapy)
Abstract: Healthy parent child attachment helps children learn that the world is a safe place and that they are worthy of being loved. This expectation becomes an internal working model that informs relationships across the life span. When these relational conditions are not met, children develop relational strategies that protect them from being hurt again. These attachment styles often collide with the defensive relational strategies developed by their parents in their own childhood, used to protect themselves from their own relational disappointments. These intergenerational legacies of relational incongruences can lead to a life time of conflict and disappointments. Attachment Based Family therapy aims to help therapists uncover the attachment rupture narratives of both child (young and old) and parents that drive interpersonal and self-destructive behavior. As self-understanding emerges, family members are helped to engage in productive, empathic conversations that confirm and help revise internal work models of self and other. In this talk, we will review these principles and specific clinical strategies to achieve these goals.
Kathy Steele:”From resistance to realization: integrative psychotherapy approaches with challenging trauma patients”
Abstract: Many chronically traumatized patients experience protracted crisis, distress, dysregulation, and confusion, all of which can be transmitted to the therapist. These patients regularly use defense and disorganized attachment strategies that make relational stability difficult. We therapists do not always respond at our best when confronted with a patient’s humiliated fury, profound dissociation and disavowal, demands and needs, regression, entitlement, sadomasochism, unbearable suffering and loneliness, emptiness and numbness, extreme avoidance and silence, and intense self-injury and suicidality, etc. Even seasoned therapists can become overwhelmed and find it difficult to remain grounded, present and effective with their most challenging patients. This lecture will address integrative approaches to the highly“resistant” patient. We will explore the protective nature of resistance, particularly with those who have developed enduring personality strategies to avoid inner experience and relational difficulties. We will examine different types of resistance and the diverse approaches to address them. We will also consider strategies to “join the resistance” with the patient, inviting him or her to become a participant-observer with us in developing a co-created mentalizing approach to “resistant” behaviors. Using a particular form of collaborative rather than care-giving attachment supports both regulation and mentalization. These are key skills needed for the patient to engage in the hard work of realization: that the trauma happened, that it is now over, and that long-held beliefs and emotional and attachment strategies can safely shift to more effective and meaningful ways of being. Finally, we will examine the challenges of remaining relationally engaged with these patients, attentive to our defenses, but not embedded in them.
3 Panels with the Speakers
Every presentation last one hour and half the panels last two hours