Attachment Theory update for Clinicians: Practical Applications - Prof Jeremy Holmes




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Psychotherapists have an ambivalent relationship with neuroscience. Demonstrating brain changes following successful therapy lends authority and validation to our work, but the latter-day phrenology of fMRI scanners and the amygdala seems many miles from the everyday realities of the consulting room. In this workshop, Jeremy shall expound a new dynamic model of brain function, the Free Energy Principle (FEP), developed by mathematical psychiatrist Karl Friston that has excited huge interest in the world if neuroscience and artificial intelligence research, but thus far has had little impact in psychiatry, psychology or psychotherapy.

It will be shown that FEP helps explain the ways in which therapy brings about change — both in CBT through encouraging agency and action, and in dynamic therapies through explicating the role of free association, dream work and transference analysis. As an attachment theory enthusiast, Jeremy will also bring an attachment perspective. Clinically, Jeremy will also link FEP with Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) for personality disorders.

The workshop, which is arguably of interest to all open-minded 21st Century therapists, will fall into four sessions. In the first session, the origins and main features of FEP will be described, and in the second session it will be linked with the established techniques of psychotherapy.

Learning Objectives

1) To introduce delegates to Friston’s Free Energy principle (FEP), a new paradigm in interpersonal neuropsychology

2) To make links between the FEP and the everyday practice of psychotherapy, especially cognitive revision, free association, active imagination and dream analysis

3) To explore the links between the FEP and the attachment categories of secure, insecure and disorganised attachment


00:15:57 Lecture: Attachment for clinicians — recent advances
02:25:54 The Free Energy Principle: implications for psychotherapy

About the Speaker

Prof Jeremy Holmes 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 1998-2002. 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.


CPD & CE credits available: 3

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