Clinical applications of attachment theory for working with adults, children and adolescents

led by Una McCluskey

The webinar will illustrate how to work  productively with the dynamics of attachment. It will help you to understanding the concept of “correction according to purpose” (goal-correction) and how it relates to the biopsychosocial aspects of the self, both individual and interpersonal. A central focus of this webinar will be on the process of affective attunement and the therapist’s ability to grasp the emotional state of the client through his or her own bodily experience. This aspect takes on particular importance in working with trauma survivors, as it allows for avoiding the risk of retraumatization of the patient.

2 days Training
🕐 Based on London timezone 🕐
5 September 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00
6 September 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00
🕐 London Timezone 🕐
🪙 8 CPD/CE credits included in the price, no extra fees! 🪙
Whether you practice in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or any other country, our credits are valid for all the organizations. (Read more). Please note that the CPD/CE credits will be available 15 days after the event has ended.
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This event will take place via Zoom. After purchasing, you will receive an e-mail with the instructions for how to join.
After the event you will have access to registration for unlimited time!
Learning outcomes
  • Understand what it means to be “seen” as a person.
  • Analyse the paradox of the Self as an autonomous entity as well as a relational one.
  • Discover the seven aspects of the Self that together form the dynamics of attachment and work as a whole entity to restore well-being.
  • Understand the importance of Goal-Corrected Empathic Attunement (GCEA) and its role in the regulation of various aspects of the Self.
  • Understand how goal-correction in caregiver-careseeker interactions helps behavior change and self-awareness biologically.
  • Access a summary of the research on how caregivers and careseekers typically interact.
  • Analyse the patterns related to interactions that emerge from such research and the implications for clinical practice.
  • Introduce the concept of an essential system and its defensive function, both within the careseeker and the caregiver.
Training Breakdown

The webinar will have the following structure:

  • Introduction to the fundamental contributions to attachment theory and research in this area.
  • Introduction to the main findings made by developmental psychology, especially in the area of affective attunement and regulation.
  • Introduction to research on affective attunement in the context of psychotherapy with adults and reflection on its importance with respect to the development of a model of intervention for use in clinical practice (U. McCluskey 1997, 2001 & 2005).
  • Introduction to the different ways in which activation of the fear system occurs in the body and can be detected by the therapist through observation of micro-movements, as well as regulated in such a way as to avoid re-enactment by the patient.
  • Introduction to the approach taken by the therapist to work with the different aspects of the corrected self according to the purpose.

The therapeutic approach that will be extensively described during the webinar with focus on the regulation of fear in order to allow for a process of exploration and to make the person seeking help central to the aforementioned process of discovery.

All of this supports the establishment, within the therapeutic encounter, of a dynamic based on supportive, friendly and exploratory caregiving, which minimises the dynamic based on the opposition between domination and submission. Finally, the webinar will include viewing videos that will illustrate the approach a caregiver can take to work with the correct systems according to the purpose.

What does this Training consist of?

This training includes numerous benefits:

  • Deep Understanding of Attachment Theory
  • Developmental Psychology Insights
  • Application in Psychotherapy
  • Fear System Activation and Regulation
  • Therapeutic Approaches
  • Practical Application
  • Supportive Therapeutic Dynamic

This training offers professional guidance in applying attachment theory to work with adults, children, and adolescents, while also providing an understanding of how the Self promotes overall well-being.

Who would benefit from this Training?

This online event is aimed at all professionals working within the following fields, regardless of their specific professional context: health and welfare sector, education, coaching, business consulting.

Una McCluskey
Una McCluskey

Una McCluskey, PhD, served as a senior researcher at the University of York and was a clinical member of the UKCP professional association. She currently works with health and care professionals and provides them with training in the clinical applications of attachment theory. Known primarily for her research related to affective attunement in the context of psychotherapy with adults, Dr. McCluskey has discovered that “caregiving” can activate attachment dynamics in both the person seeking care (careseeker) and the person caring for them (caregiver). This discovery has enabled significant developments in the work of therapists using an attachment-based approach. In line with John Bowlby’s original work on Goal-Corrected Behavioral Systems and later the work of Dorothy Heard and Brian Lake, Dr. McCluskey developed a therapeutic model called “Exploratory Goal-Corrected Psychotherapy” or EGCP. Renowned both in the UK and internationally for her important contributions to theory and clinical practice related to attachment dynamics in adulthood, she devised a specific model of clinical application of attachment theory, the McCluskey Model, for use in individual, couple, family, group or corporate therapy.

🪙 8 CPD/CE credits included in the price, no extra fees! 🪙
Whether you practice in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or any other country, our credits are valid for all the organizations. (Read more). Please note that the CPD/CE credits will be available 15 days after the event has ended.

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