Addiction as an Attachment Disorder: Attachment Gone Wrong with Sarah Pennock
- Are you interested in re-visiting Attachment Theory, with a particular focus on insecure attachment?
- Do you want to increase your understanding of how substance abuse can be seen as a manifestation of insecure attachment in the addicted client?
- Would you like to consider how your own attachment style manifests within your clinical material?
Attachment is defined as the lifelong need human beings have for affectionate ties with significant other human beings. It is a biological necessity for us to have a secure attachment relationship. Although much of the research on attachment has focused on infants and children, attachment theory is also applicable to adults in a psychodynamic framework, as 75% of attachment patterns remain stable through to adulthood.
The impact of childhood events often casts a deep shadow over us in adult life. Understanding Attachment Theory can serve as a solid foundation for understanding the development of ineffective coping strategies, and the underlying dynamics of a client’s emotional difﬁculties.
This workshop will consider the aetiology of a person’s addiction as resulting initially from a place of disrupted attachment relationships.
Suitability - Who should attend?
Training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.
Training Course Content
During the day participants will briefly re-visit attachment theory and styles. We will consider the links between attachment insecurity and: substance misuse, disordered eating, gambling, and sex addiction. There will be presentation of theory and research alongside clinical vignettes. Group clinical discussion will explore therapist attachment insecurity provoked in the client work.
Course delivery details
This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.
- Qualified Practitioners: £75
- Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
- WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55
WPF Therapy provides therapy services for more than 400 clients every week at our modern premises near London Bridge. We also provide training and professional courses in counselling and psychotherapy for over 1,000 people every year. We are a charity...
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