Over the past decades, the growing synergy between the innovative research methods developed through Neuroscience and their clinical application has significantly contributed to the extraordinary advances that have been made in the field of Psychotherapy. If on the one side, neuroscientific research has become more and more sophisticated and precise, thus allowing experts to identify new functions and interactions between different areas of the human brain, clinical studies, on the other side, have been exploring both its fields of application and the most effective interventions to deal with psychopathology and enhance psychophysical well-being. The increasingly deeper knowledge about traumas and their effects on the human brain, behaviors, emotions, cognitions and social interactions is not only broadening the horizons of both research studies and clinical studies but is also highlighting the crucial importance of conceiving the human being as a whole, as the result of the combination between life events, genetic predispositions, temperament, as well as cultural and educational heritage. At present, trauma-focused clinical interventions have the opportunity to consolidate and validate their effectiveness based on the most recent discoveries in the field of Neuroscience. From the intergenerational transmission of traumatic events described by Epigenetics to the brain modifications induced by re-pairing therapeutic interventions, the correlation between clinical and research studies is now opening the way to unexplored treatment outcomes, thus increasing the number of possibilities to heal psychopathology. This new edition of the well-known “Attachment and Trauma” Congress – “Attachment and Trauma: Effective Clinical Interventions and Research” – will provide the opportunity to integrate the most innovative aspects characterizing research studies in the field of Neuroscience and the most effective clinical interventions, with the aim of understanding, in a more and more precise way, how traumas can affect the healthy development of both individuals and communities, as well as how to repair traumatic experiences in a deep, long-lasting way.
United States Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is co-editor of the critically acclaimed text, Mindfulness, and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition; author of a comprehensive guide for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; coeditor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; coauthor of the professional guide Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy; coauthor of the self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain; and professor for The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being produced by The Great Courses. He is also a regular contributor to other professional publications and is co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy.
MINDFULNESS AND COMPASSION IN TRAUMA TREATMENT: FITTING THE PRACTICE TO THE PERSON
Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is the most popular new treatment approach in the last decade—and for good reason. Mindfulness and compassion practices hold great promise not only for our own personal development but also as remarkably powerful tools to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy. They are not, however, one-size-fits-all remedies. Researchers are now differentiating the effects of focused attention, open monitoring, loving-kindness, compassion, and equanimity practices. These practices need to be tailored to fit the needs of particular individuals—and this presentation will show you how.
We will explore important clinical decisions to consider when deciding when and if to introduce different practices into the treatment of individuals with different needs. Once you understand the components of mindfulness and compassion practices and how they work to alleviate psychological distress, you’ll be able to creatively adapt them to meet the needs of diverse people and conditions, especially those with unresolved trauma histories. You’ll learn the contraindications for various techniques, as well as their potential psychotherapeutic benefits.
ELIZABETH WARNER United States
Elizabeth Warner is a licensed psychologist with 40 years of experience working with children and families in the full range of mental treatment settings as well as in her private practice. Early in her career, she used innovative treatment methodologies and videotape for the process study of autistic and other severely disordered children using The Miller Method. In the last 12 years, her focus has been on the development of innovative treatment for children from 1.5 years to 22 years and caregivers whose lives have been impacted by chronic stress and complex trauma. For 10 years, as project director at the Trauma Center at JRI, a center of excellence in trauma treatment, training and research, she oversaw the development of Sensory Mo-tor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) for outpatient, community-based in-home therapists, therapeutic day school, and residential treatment settings and trained and consulted in the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong. She also constructed two videotape coding systems for studying regulatory processes in SMART treatment. As a founding partner in SMARTMoves LLC, she continues to train and consult with therapists and is beginning to pilot the use of SMART in early intervention with traumatized young parents and their very young children, and with adults. Dr. Warner maintains a private practice for adult psychotherapy and parent consultation in Brookline, Massachusetts. She is co-author of Transforming Trauma in Children and Adolescents: An Embodied Approach to Somatic Regulation, Trauma Processing, and Attachment-Building, in press.
TRANSFORMING TRAUMA IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS: AN EMBODIED APPROACH TO SOMATIC REGULATION, TRAUMA PROCESSING, AND ATTACHMENT-BUILDING
Children and adolescents with histories of complex developmental trauma challenge the most seasoned trauma therapists, as well as their families, schools, and communities, with their behavioral and affect dysregulation. Sensory integration occupational therapy offered a team of trauma therapists inviting and effective tools for regulation and an alternative lens on the hyperactivity and the shut-down states of the traumatized child. With this new method and a specially designed room, co- and self-regulation was accelerated within therapy sessions. Then, children and youth, with proper support, spontaneously expressed and processed traumatic experience in both fully embodied and symbolic forms, surprising therapists with the organic way this showed up in a session.
Furthermore, the child’s accessibility for social engagement, a sense of connection with the therapist, and ready opportunities for co-creating new rhythms of engagement through sensorimotor play facilitated the work of developing a ‘safe enough’ relationship.
A case study using videotape of therapy sessions in such a trauma therapy with a young child will illustrate these therapeutic processes. A videotape is an essential tool for the therapist using this model of trauma therapy that relies on regulation through body-based, rather than verbal or symbolic processes. However, it has also provided a form of clinical data that suggests a hypothesis that so-called ‘bottom-up’, or somatic, regulation is the neurobiological precondition for the regulation of behavior, affect, cognition, and a core sense of self.
ALESSANDRO CARMELITA Italy
Alessandro Carmelita is a Psychologist and a Psychotherapist, as well as a Trainer and Supervisor in Schema Therapy certified by the ISST.
After having been trained by some of the most important experts in the field of Psychotherapy and Interpersonal Neurobiology, he has created an innovative therapeutic approach named Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT) and has developed it together with Marina Cirio. He has traveled around the world to train Psychologists and Psychotherapists in using this revolutionary approach with their clients. Besides this, Dr. Carmelita has conducted 56 editions of the international training program in Schema Therapy and has trained/supervised hundreds of therapists.
MARINA CIRIO Italy
Marina Cirio is a Psychologist and a Psychotherapist. She has enriched her professional training with recent contributions in the field of Psychotherapy and Neuroscience. She has developed Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT) together with Alessandro Carmelita, thus contributing to expanding both the clinical implications and the research work on the therapeutic interventions that can be used with different types of patients. After using this innovative approach for years, Dr. Cirio is going to conduct – together with Dr. Carmelita – a new training course in MIMT that will allow many other therapists to learn and understand this new way of relating to clients, which can facilitate a real and profound change.
MINDFUL INTERBEING MIRROR THERAPY: BEYOND THE RECOVERY FROM TRAUMA
The study of human personality has shed light on the undeniable impact that attachment relationships, as well as early traumatic experiences – and the consequent dissociation – have on the construction of the Self. Psychological suffering can be analyzed from two different, but interrelated, perspectives: the level of integration of the Self, on the one side, and the individual’s ability to interact with the external world, on the other side. Starting from this premise, identifying and defining the various parts of the client’s personality –especially if the latter has experienced trauma and starts therapy with severe symptoms –is crucially important. As a matter of fact, Psychotherapy is more and more conceived as a series of interventions aimed at integrating the dissociative parts of the client’s personality, in order to support them building a unified Self. At the same time, the therapeutic relationship plays a central role in the treatment of the dissociation caused by early relational traumas, regardless of their seriousness. Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT) is a completely innovative therapeutic approach based on the use of a mirror within the therapeutic setting, which is placed in front of both the client and the therapist, thus allowing them to interact through their reflected image. The validity of this unique modality of intervention is supported by its theoretical underpinnings, which include not only the most recent research studies in the field of Neuroscience, but also a series of effective clinical studies.
The construction of the Self and the individual’s relational reality – starting from the very beginning of the identity construction process, that is the ability to identify themselves in front of a mirror, to the capacity to acknowledge the other’s emotional states – are two parallel processes characterizing each human being’s development. Therefore, Mirror Therapy can be seen as a unique combination of therapeutic interventions helping the client reconstructing an integrated Self, while at the same time working on the relationship with the other.
Over the past five years, Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy has been studied in-depth and a specific procedure of intervention has been created; additionally, thanks to MIMT, the-rapists have discovered a new and extremely accelerated way to connect with the client, as well as an effective approach to help the latter integrating their inner parts through a deep, transformative self-compassion. Finally, yet importantly, the theoretical and application aspects emerging from clinical practice offer new opportunities for intervention that Research can keep supporting and validating.
STEFAN HOFMANN United State
Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. He has been president of numerous professional organizations and is currently editor-in-chief of Cognitive Therapy and Research. He has published more than 350 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 books. Professor Hofmann is a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters, among many other awards, including the Aaron T. Beck Award for Significant and Enduring Contributions to the Field of Cognitive Therapy and the Humboldt Research Award. His research focuses on the mechanism of treatment change, translating discoveries from neuroscience into clinical applications, emotion regulation, and cultural expressions of psychopathology.
CHANGING THE MEMORY OF TRAUMA: A NEUROSCIENCE PERSPECTIVE
Trauma is a memory, and memories are subject to change. A number of neuro-science-informed techniques have shown that unique memories can be edited. This opens up possibilities for novel treatments of trauma-related disorders. In this presentation, I will review memory-editing research with a focus on improving the treatment of trauma and related psychopathology. I will focus on two windows of memory vulnerability: initial storage when consolidation occurs, and reconsolidation where restore after retrieval occurs. I will identify a number of techniques that can modify memories at each stage. Translating these methods from animal models to humans has been challenging and implementation into clinical therapies has produced inconsistent benefits. I will conclude that the science of memory editing is more complicated and nuanced than fiction, but its rapid development holds promise for future applications.
DIANA FOSHA United States
Diana Fosha, Ph.D. is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy), a healing-oriented, transformational experiential model of therapy, and Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute. For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, attachment-emotion- and transformation-focused trauma treatment model. Fosha’s work focuses on integrating neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential and transformational clinical work with patients. Her most recent work focuses on flourishing as a seamless part of the process of transforming emotional suffering. She is the author of The transforming power of affect: A model for accelerated change (Basic Books, 2000); co-author, with Natasha Prenn, of Supervision Essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (APA, 2016); 1st editor, with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The healing power of emotion: Affective neuroscience, development & clinical practice (Norton, 2009), and editor of the soon to be released AEDP 2.0: Undoing aloneness and the transformation of suffering into flourishing (APA, in press). Four DVDs of her live AEDP clinical work, including one documenting a complete 6-session treatment, and one on clinical supervision have been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA). Described by psychoanalyst James Grotstein as a “prizefighter of intimacy,” and by David Malan as “the Winnicott of [accelerated experiential] psychotherapy,” Diana Fosha’s writing style is powerful and precise, yet poetic and evocative. Her phrases, —” undoing aloneness,” “existing in the heart and mind of the other,” “stay with it and stay with me,” “rigor without shame” and “True Other” — capture the ethos of AEDP.
Many of her papers are available through the AEDP website at www.aedpinstitute.org
STAY WITH IT AND STAY WITH ME: UNDOING ALONENESS AND THE EXPERIENTIAL PROCESSING OF DEEP RELATIONAL EXPERIENCE TO TRANSFORM TRAUMA
Aloneness in the face of overwhelming emotion is the epicenter of traumatic suffering, it is what brings our patients to seek help. Undoing aloneness is key to being able to process the overwhelming emotions of trauma. Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), one of the fastest-growing approaches to working with attachment trauma, has developed rich, creative, systematic interventions for doing precisely that: i.e., undoing the patient’s aloneness and working dyadically to heal emotional suffering. Unlike psychopathology-based models, AEDP roots itself in a transformational change-based theory of therapeutic action. A four-state model of the transformational process, and a descriptive state-specific transformational phenomenology guide moment-to-moment clinical decision making. AEDP methodology has patient and therapist emotionally engaged, closely following the edge of emergent relational and transformational experience, all the while processing trauma. AEDP is fearless in working with the experience of the patient-therapist attachment, moment-to-moment tracking it and processing it rigorously. Crucial to rewiring relational experiences are AEDP’s relational meta processing techniques for systematically processing in-session relational experiences They are used to expand relational capacity, and deepen the receptive affective experience of feeling safe, seen, helped, and changed. Using videotaped material from actual psychotherapy sessions, Diana Fosha will demonstrate relational metaprocessing in clinical action with a trauma patient. She will show how to experientially work within-session relational experience as systematically and as deeply as we do with other kinds of emotional experiences. The goal is to help patients stay with and experience the receptive affective experiences of feeling seen, loved, cared for, and delighted in that emerge from the work. By engaging in relational processing and working directly with felt experiences of attachment and intersubjectivity, the AEDP therapist fosters new experiences of the emotion-in-connection that re-wire internal working models and support the emergence of a vital vibrant and relationally engaged self. Empirical findings from research on the transdiagnostic effectiveness of AEDP based on over 75 therapeutic dyads within AEDP’s worldwide PRN (Practitioner-Researcher Network) will be woven into this presentation.
ROGER M. SOLOMON, Ph.D.
Dr. Roger Solomon is a psychologist specializing in the areas of trauma and grief. He is the Program Director and Senior Faculty with the EMDR Institute and teaches EMDR therapy internationally. He is a consultant with the US Senate and has provided consultation to law enforcement and government agencies, including the FBI, Secret Service, NASA, US Attorneys Office, and US Army. In Italy, he consults with Polizia di Stato and the University of Rome (La Sapienza) and is a visiting professor at Salesiana University in Rome. For the past 15 years, he has focused on the utilization of EMDR therapy in the treatment of complex PTSD and trauma-related dissociation, as guided by The Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality. Dr. Solomon has authored or coauthored 45 articles and book chapters pertaining to EMDR therapy, grief, complex trauma, acute trauma and law enforcement stress.
“EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR) AND TRAUMATIC ATTACHMENT”
EMDR therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic approach for the treatment of trauma. The Adaptive Information Processing Model, which guides EMDR therapy posits that present symptoms result from distressing experiences that are maladaptively stored in the brain, unable to be fully processed and integrate within the wider memory network (Shapiro, 1995, 2001, 2018). EMDR therapy is an eight-phase method that involves processing the past memories underlying present problems, present triggers, and installing a future template for adaptive behavior. EMDR can be utilized to not only treat major trauma but also the ubiquitous “seemingly small” but quite impactful memories (e.g. mother’s angry look, asking dad for help but he ignores me). Such memories underlie negative beliefs such as “I am not good enough”, “I’m not loveable”, “I am powerless”, or “I am not safe”. Disorganized attachment occurs when the caregiver is both the source of safety and terror and underlies complex PTSD and dissociative disorders (Brown and Elliot, 2018). Not only does the trauma (abuse or neglect) have to be treated, but also the traumatic attachment to the abuser. EMDR can be utilized to treat both the trauma and the traumatic attachment workshop will present basic principles of EMDR therapy, and illustrate how traumatic attachment can be treated with clients who have been sexually abused. Video presentations of sessions will illustrate treatment principles.
MARY JO BARRET United States
Mary Jo Barrett is the Founder of The Center for Contextual Change. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work and has served on the adjunct faculties of The University of Chicago, The Chicago Center For Family Health, and the Family Institute of Northwestern University. Ms. Barrett was the Clinical Director of Midwest Family Resource and has been working in the field of family violence since 1974 beginning with Parents Anonymous. Ms. Barrett’s latest book, Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change, was co-authored by Linda Stone Fish. Ms. Barrett has also co-authored two books with Dr. Terry Trepper: Incest: A Multiple Systems Perspective and The Systemic Treatment of Incest: A Therapeutic Handbook. She created the Collaborative Change Model, a contextual model of therapy used to transform the lives of those impacted by abuse and/or traumatic events. Her training and published works focus on the teaching of the Collaborative Change Model; Family Therapy and Interpersonal violence Adult Survivors of Abuse and Trauma; Complex Developmental Trauma and Compassion Fatigue.
Ms. Barrett founded the Family Dialogue Project, a mediation program that strives to redefine relationships within families that have been impacted by allegations of abuse or differences that appear irreconcilable.
THE COLLABORATIVE CHANGE MODEL: A RELATIONAL MODEL THAT HARNESSES THE NATURAL PROCESS OF CHANGE
No two traumas are identical: the dynamics of interpersonal trauma and violence vary from situation to situation. Yet there are some common variables. One of the key ingredients in complex developmental trauma is that it is embedded within a relationship that should have had a healthy protective attachment. The traumatic events result in an experience of betrayal in the attached relationship. This accounts for much of the fight, flight, freeze and submission, difficulties of our clients. And the myriad of difficulties accounts for the abundance of innovative interventions and treatment approaches that have been developed in recent years.
The presentation will present the Collaborative Change Model; a practical three-tiered, cyclical strength-based meta blueprint; CCM is a relational contextual model. The CCM is a blueprint that can be applied to all the models of trauma treatment as it harnesses the universal recursive nature of change. We will explore the repetitive cycles of trauma and will learn the Collaborative Change framework that utilizes the cycles of change when working in any and all treatment modalities.
SKIP RIZZO United States
Psychologist Skip Rizzo conducts research on the design, development, and evaluation of virtual reality (VR) systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment rehabilitation, and resilience. This work spans the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. Rizzo, whose work using virtual reality-based exposure therapy to treat PTSD received the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Treatment of Trauma, is the associate director for medical virtual reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. He also holds research professor appointments with the USC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Rizzo is working with a team that is creating artificially intelligent virtual patients that clinicians can use to practice skills required for challenging clinical interviews and diagnostic assessments. His cognitive work has addressed the use of VR applications to test and train attention, memory, visuospatial abilities and executive function. He is currently designing VR scenarios to address social and vocational interaction in persons with an autistic spectrum disorder. Rizzo is currently examining the use of VR applications for training emotional coping skills with the aim of preparing service members for the stresses of combat.
VIRTUAL REALITY GOES TO WAR: ADVANCES IN THE PREVENTION, ASSESSMENT, AND TREATMENT OF POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS
War is perhaps one of the most challenging situations that a human being can experience. The physical, emotional, cognitive and psychological demands of a combat environment place enormous stress on even the best-prepared military personnel. Numerous reports indicate that the incidence of posttraumatic stress (PTS) in returning OEF/OIF military personnel is creating a significant healthcare challenge. This situation has served to motivate research on how to better develop and disseminate evidence-based treatments for PTS and other psychosocial conditions. In this regard, Virtual Reality delivered exposure therapy for PTSD is currently being used with initial reports of positive outcomes. This presentation will detail how virtual reality applications are being designed and implemented across various points in the military deployment cycle to prevent, identity and treat combat and various points in the military deployment cycle to prevent identity and treat combat and sexual trauma-related PTS in OIF/OEF Service Members and Veterans. I will also present recent work being done with artificially intelligent virtual humans that serve in the role of “Virtual Patients” for clinical training of healthcare providers in both military and civilian settings and as online healthcare guides for breaking down barriers to care. The projects in these areas that will be presented have been developed at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, a U.S. Army University Affiliated Research Center, and will provide a diverse overview of how virtual reality is being used to deliver exposure therapy, assess PTSD and cognitive function, provide stress resilience training prior to deployment and its use in breaking down barriers to care. The talk will conclude with a discussion of how the urgency of war has provided the context and funding for the advancement of these technologies that will soon translate to civilian needs.
SUZETTE BOON The Netherlands
Suzette A. Boon Ph.D., 1949, is a clinical psychologist, and psychotherapist specialized in the treatment of chronic traumatization and dissociative disorders. She translated and validated the Dutch version of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D) and received a Ph.D. for her thesis “Multiple Personality Disorder in the Netherlands” in 1993. She has published several books, book chapters and many articles both on diagnosis as well as treatment of dissociative disorders. She has developed a skills training manual for patients with a complex dissociative disorder. The English version of this manual Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation with Kathy Steele, MN, CS, and Onno van der Hart Ph.D. has been published in March 2011 (Norton publishers). She has developed a new semi-structured interview for complex dissociative disorders and trauma-related symptoms: the “Trauma and Dissociation Symptoms Interview (TADS-I) “: a validation study has been started. She is co-author of the recently published book “Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation, A Practical, Integrative Approach” (Steele, Boon & Van der Hart, 2017) that won the Pierre Janet writing award of ISSTD in 2017. She is currently working as a trainer and supervisor in different European countries. She is also working in private practice. She is co-founder of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and was the first president of this Society. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) granted her the David Caul Memorial Award in 1993, the Morton Prince Award in 1994 and the President’s Award of distinction and the status of fellow in 1995 for her contributions to diagnosis, treatment, research and education in the field of dissociative disorders. In 2009 She received the Life Time Achievement Award and in 2011 the Pierre Janet Writing Award for the book Coping with trauma-related Dissociation a skills training for patients and their therapists. In 2017 she received the Pierre Janet Writing Award as the second author of the book Treating Trauma-related Dissociation. A practical integrative approach.
SELF-HARM AND SUICIDAL IDEATION IN PATIENTS WITH COMPLEX DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS: ATTACHMENT, SHAME, AND DYSREGULATION
Patients with trauma-related complex dissociative disorders usually suffer from many symptoms including depression and suicidality, both of which may be accompanied by severe self-harming behaviors. These symptoms may be the main presenting problem, with the underlying dissociative disorder often not even identified. They may put the therapeutic relationship under enormous pressure when the therapist feels the need to rescue. This presentation will explore reasons for self-harm and suicidal behavior in such patients, transference and countertransference, and ways to help the client stop these behaviors. Self-harm and suicidality may be related to different factors such as shame, abandonment, despair, a wish to be seen and understood by others, fear to realize what has actually happened in the past, and/or a way of coping with unbearable feelings. Treatment often includes medication for depression, somatic approaches, as well as cognitive-behavioral approaches that are often used to explore and change related negative cognitions. However, the more complex the dissociation of the personality, the fewer patients may benefit from these techniques, as emotions and cognitions are often “held” by different dissociative parts of the personality and are perceived to be ego-dystonic. Specific interventions, especially those using imagery, will be highlighted, so that treatment of dissociation becomes an integral part of the standard of care approaches to serious self-harm and suicidality in traumatized individuals.
PETER FONAGY United Kingdom
Peter Fonagy is Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London; Consultant to the Child and Family Programme at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine; and holds visiting professorships at Yale and Harvard Medical Schools. He has occupied a number of key national leadership positions including Chair of the Outcomes Measurement Reference Group at the Department of Health, Chair of two NICE Guideline Development Groups, Chair of the Strategy Group for National Occupational Standards for Psychological Therapies and co-chaired the Department of Health’s Expert Reference Group on Vulnerable Children. His clinical interests center on issues of early attachment relationships, social cognition, borderline personality disorder, and violence. He has published over 500 scientific papers, 260 chapters and has authored or co-authored 19 books. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Academy of Social Sciences and the American Association for Psychological Science, and was elected to Honorary Fellowship by the American College of Psychiatrists. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from several national and international professional associations including the British Psychological Society, the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorder, the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder, the World Association for Infant Mental Health and was in 2015 the first UK recipient of the Wiley Prize of the British Academy for Outstanding Achievements in Psychology by an international scholar
EPISTEMIC TRUST IS THE COMMON FACTOR FOR EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT FOR TRAUMA
A wide range of treatments is effective in helping individuals with the experience of trauma. The number of mechanisms involved in the effective treatment of the psychological consequences of trauma may be far fewer than the number of therapies available. The presentation will focus on the importance of addressing common emotional consequences of trauma, particularly shame and the way it can be effectively managed in a therapeutic context and open the door to learning new ways of understanding oneself and one’s relationship in the context of psychotherapy and beyond.