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Attachment for Clinicians — update from linguistics and neuroscience with Jeremy Holmes (Lecture)

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

During this talk, Jeremy will touch on three particular areas: 

  1. Remind participants of the ways in which attachment ideas are applicable to our work as psychotherapists: therapy as a potentially threatening experience, especially for those suffering from Borderline conditions; the role of the therapist as Secure Base; and the fostering of mutual exploration or ‘companionable interaction’.
  2. Describe the ways in which contemporary neuroscience can help understand how, through free association, transference analysis and dream work, psychotherapy helps ‘bind’ the free energy which characterises psychological distress.  
  3. Turn to the conversations which therapists have with their patients, suggesting that patterns of talk can be understood in attachment terms as reflecting interactive patterns laid down in childhood. Again, Jeremy will point to ways in which attachment-informed therapeutic talk might help redress this. 

Comments from previous participants: 

  • "A life enhancing 90 minutes that will stay with me." 
  • "Despite the limitations of remote presentation, the lecturer, subject and participants all managed to have a moving emotional connection." 
  • "Jeremy Holmes eloquence and knowledge delivered this complex theory into a valuable resource that I know will be invaluable in my work as a Psychotherapist. I urge everyone to attend if they can." 
  • "Anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure and privilege of hearing Jeremy Holmes speak about psychotherapy and in particular attachment theory should grasp the opportunity with both hands!" 

Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, (2nd edition 2013), The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck), Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize) , The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014), Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade), and The Brain Has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy (2020). He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009. Gardening, Green politics and grand-parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment. 

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 6th May 2021. 

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If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.