November 30 - December 1, 2020 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 23, 2020 at 4 pm
Relationships with caregivers in the early years have a profound influence on an adult’s self-perceptions, perception of others and his/her capacity for healthy intimate relationships. Adults with secure attachments and healthy adult relationships usually had early experiences of consistent nurturing and care from parents or caregivers. Adults with insecure attachments and unhealthy relationships, on the other hand, usually had early experiences of inconsistent nurturing, rejection or even severe neglect and abuse.
The good news is that adults with insecure attachments can redevelop their capacity for secure attachments by understanding the impact of early childhood experiences on their personality development and present relationships, mourning the losses and longings from these early child/parent relationships and developing a non-judgmental stance in exploring their patterns.
This workshop will present a model of therapy and interventions for helping professionals to assist clients recognize their unconscious models of relationships, to develop greater security through the therapeutic relationship and to risk new and healthy interactive patterns in present relationships. Attendees will also develop awareness of their own attachment style and its importance in their therapeutic work with clients.
Case examples, videos and role play will be used to demonstrate the interventions.
- Understanding adult attachment and attachment categories
- Challenges for the helper associated with each attachment category and how to work through these challenges effectively
- Assessing adult attachment using the Adult Attachment
- Interview (AAI) and Behavioural Determinants
- Using the AAI as a clinical tool
- The neurobiology of adult attachment
- Understanding mental health disorders from an attachment perspective
- Goals and stages of attachment focused counselling
- Treatment interventions for each of the adult attachment categories
- The reparative process of the therapeutic relationship
About the Presenter
Annette Kussin, MSW, RSW, is a registered Social Worker, a registered Marital and Family Therapist and an advanced Attachment Focused Therapist specializing in Trauma and Attachment Therapy. She worked in Children’s Mental Health for over 30 years as a therapist, supervisor, manager and clinical director.
Currently Annette maintains a private practice, which she has had for over 20 years, where she specializes in Attachment Focused Therapy for adults, couples, adolescents, and adoptive families. She also offers parenting capacity assessments and attachment and trauma assessments in her private practice. She has developed a model of Attachment Focused Therapy for adults struggling with intimacy and for couples with relationship problems.
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