Attachment Theory: An Indispensable Tool for Psychotherapists
9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
WSP Members and Students: Free
This program will present a relational model of psychotherapy based on attachment theory that informs clinical assessments and interventions.
Attachment theory is a new paradigm in the mental health field that offers new ways to approach psychotherapy. Understanding five different dimensions of this new paradigm contributes to a better understanding of adaptive and non-adaptive attachment relations through life.
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Presenter will describe five dimensions that make attachment theory a revolutionary paradigm in the mental health field and in the practice of psychotherapy.
1. A large base of direct observation of the effects a brief and long-term separation of young children from their attachment figures and observations of typical mother-infant interactions done in Uganda and in the US by Mary Ainsworth.
2. An evolutionary perspective
3. A new view of development looking at normal and pathological development together and seeing pathology as deviations from the normal developmental paths
4. A relational theory
5. A new view of motivation and unconscious processes
10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Large group discussion and interactions with the attendees.
11:00 a.m. –11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Presenter will examine how attachment theory and research informs clinical understanding and clinical interventions;
12:15 p.m. -12:35 p.m. Large Group Discussion -Questions and Interaction with attendees
12:35 p.m. –12-45 p.m. Wrap-up
1. Describe how the five dimensions attachment theory and research modify our understanding of development.
2. 2. Describe how a history of secure, anxious and disorganized attachments help understand defensive operations and transference-countertransference reactions.
3. Describe three ways of how psychotherapy informed by attachment theory and research can enhance clinical sensitivity and the therapeutic process.
About the Presenter:
Mauricio Cortina MD, winner of the prestigious 2019 John Bowlby Mary Ainsworth award, is internationally known as a having supported and contributed to understanding of attachment theory. He is director and faculty for the Center for the Study of Attachment and Human Evolution at the Washington School of Psychiatry.
Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units.
The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The School designates the program for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)â„¢. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is an independent non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with the government of the District of Columbia or the government of the United States.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved to operate by the Higher Education Licensure Commission of the District of Columbia.