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Understanding the Effects of Attachment Style on the Teenage Years

£128 + booking fees / Limited early-bird until 9th July 2022 or sold out £109 + booking fees /discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors and trainee counsellors £100

The workshop:

The start of the workshop includes the basics of Attachment Theory this workshop will act as a useful refresher for those familiar with the theory.

Neuroscience of the Adolescent Brain- Exploration of current research into how the adolescent brain differs from the preadolescent brain, and the adult brain. From which to gain a greater understanding of issues that occur at this stage of development.

Attachment style in Adolescence -There will be time to consider how infant and child attachment style contributes to this stage in life that straddles care seeking behaviours and personal exploration in the adult world. We have space to explore peer relationships, and relationships with parents.

Managing Difficult Behaviours- Information about attachment style and the influence of how attachment style contributes to our understanding of behaviours such as alcohol misuse, drug taking, and self harm.

Exercises- although not essential it will be useful for participants to spend time in advance to consider their own client work and come ready to work with a particular client in order to complete exercises to practice these important new skills.

The workshop will offer an experience that enhances work with this challenging but very rewarding client group.

The trainer:

Working in clinical practice for more than 20 years Niki trained as a Psychodynamic Counsellor in the early 90’s and then as an Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at The Bowlby Centre in London. Following on from being a member of the Bowlby Centre Ethics Committee Niki spent 3 years as a member of the UKCP Ethics Committee, and UKCP Professional Conduct Committee. And then became Chair of CPJA from 2018-19. Niki is a qualified Supervisor and Tutor, Niki has trained counsellors to diploma level. Niki has been ‘Head of Counselling’ at Southampton Counselling, and is now taking time to write, and run her private practice in Southampton where she works with therapists, individuals, couples and families. Her chapter “The use of telephone and Skype in psychotherapy: Reflections of an attachment therapist” can be found in the book “Love in the age of the internet” edited by Linda Cundy. Karnac 2014.