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4-Part Series: On Becoming Secure: Adult Attachment in Couple Relationships - Angela Dierks

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This training session is aimed at couples’ therapists who are not currently working with attachment theory or at therapists who would like to work with the client’s relationship in mind. In addition, it is hoped that the session will give you an insight into your own attachment style and behaviour in intimate relationships.

Attachment Theory offers a valuable framework for the conceptualisation and exploration of working with couples in therapy; it is both focused on the individual as well as the couple system and enables partners to gain insight into their intrapsychic as well as interpsychic representation of the world and of relationships. Insight can enable behavioural change. Couples who develop ‘mind mindedness’ (Meins, 1999) and are effective at mentalization are more competent at understanding their partner’s needs and can decide how to respond accordingly.

In this training session we will consider how Bowlby’s and Ainsworth’s original focus on the relationship between parent and child has been applied to couple relationships by researchers such as Hazan and Shaver.

Working on the assumption that romantic partners are attachment figures we will consider the similarities between secure base representation in child/parent as well as adult/adult relationship. Depending on the attachment style of the two individuals in the couple relationship, how do the partners interact – how does this impact on the relationship as a whole?

We will discuss the needs of partners to become a more secure base for each other.

During the training there will be opportunity to explore your own attachment system in action and to try out some of the interventions that help clients to discover more about their attachment style and the impact of their attachment style on their partner.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the 4 module training, participants will be able:

  1. To give an overview of attachment theory and its relevance in understanding couple relationships
  2. To describe the presentation and impact of an insecure attachment style
  3. To relay patterns of relating in romantic relationships: secure/secure, insecure/secure, insecure/insecure
  4. To consider the presentation and needs of the partners with different attachment styles
  5. To consider the different stages and goals of working with attachment styles in romantic relationships

TRAINING information

This training session is aimed at couples’ therapists who are not currently working with attachment theory or at therapists who would like to work with the client’s relationship in mind. In addition, it is hoped that the session will give you an insight into your own attachment style and behaviour in intimate relationships.

Attachment Theory offers a valuable framework for the conceptualisation and exploration of working with couples in therapy; it is both focused on the individual as well as the couple system and enables partners to gain insight into their intrapsychic as well as interpsychic representation of the world and of relationships. Insight can enable behavioural change. Couples who develop ‘mind mindedness’ (Meins, 1999) and are effective at mentalization are more competent at understanding their partner’s needs and can decide how to respond accordingly.

In this training session we will consider how Bowlby’s and Ainsworth’s original focus on the relationship between parent and child has been applied to couple relationships by researchers such as Hazan and Shaver.

Working on the assumption that romantic partners are attachment figures we will consider the similarities between secure base representation in child/parent as well as adult/adult relationship. Depending on the attachment style of the two individuals in the couple relationship, how do the partners interact – how does this impact on the relationship as a whole?

We will discuss the needs of partners to become a more secure base for each other.

During the training there will be opportunity to explore your own attachment system in action and to try out some of the interventions that help clients to discover more about their attachment style and the impact of their attachment style on their partner.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the 4 module training, participants will be able:

  1. To give an overview of attachment theory and its relevance in understanding couple relationships
  2. To describe the presentation and impact of an insecure attachment style
  3. To relay patterns of relating in romantic relationships: secure/secure, insecure/secure, insecure/insecure
  4. To consider the presentation and needs of the partners with different attachment styles
  5. To consider the different stages and goals of working with attachment styles in romantic relationships

Module 1

Module One: Principles of Attachment Theory and Presentation of Attachment Styles

This webinar provides an overview of the general principles of attachment theory describing the dynamic attachment systems of relationships in action. Looking at the presentation of secure and insecure attachment we consider how the nature and dynamics of earlier attachment is likely to impact on a client’s ability to be with or away from intimate others. We consider how these attachment patterns can inform our clinical thinking when working with the specific presentations of each insecure attachment style.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the module participants will be able to:

  1. Consider the relevance of attachment theory
  2. Describe the purpose of the Strange Situation test and findings of the Adult Attachment Interview
  3. Give an on overview of attachment principles
  4. Describe the presentation of secure and insecure attachment styles

Module 2

Module Two: Mentalization and Adult Attachment in Intimate Relationships

This webinar invites you to examine and consider your own attachment patterns and how these may play out in your intimate adult relationships as well as your clinical relationships with clients. We consider the concept of mentalization as a cornerstone of developing the capacity for effective relating. We look at the tasks of attachment informed therapy and the similarities and differences between adult/adult and parent/child attachment.

Learning Objectives:

Be the end of the module participants will be able to:

  1. Consider briefly how your own attachment style impacts on your (therapeutic) relationships
  2. Consider integrating elements of the AAI into the assessment session
  3. Describe the concept of mentalization within the context of attachment theory
  4. Consider the tasks of attachment informed therapy
  5. Describe the differences and similarities between child and adult attachment systems

Module 3

Module 3: Unconscious Factors in Partner Choice and the Combination of Attachment Styles in Couples

In this webinar we consider the unconscious factors that lead us to choosing partners; we consider childhood frustrations that may require healing in intimate adult relationships. We are looking at the dynamics of insecure attachment style combinations in adult relationships: what patterns and dynamics play out when one partner is anxious-preoccupied and the other avoidant-dismissing or when both partners have the same insecure attachment style? We consider the aim and tasks of attachment informed couple’s therapy.

Learning Objectives:

Be the end of the module participants will be able to:

  1. Consider the unconscious dynamics that influence partner choice
  2. Describe the presentation of the different insecure partner attachment styles combined
    • Avoidant-dismissing/avoidant dismissing
    • Anxious-preoccupied/anxious-preoccupied
    • Anxious-preoccupied/avoidant-dismissing
  3. Consider the aims of attachment informed couples therapy

Module 4

Module 4: The Couple as a System and Stages of Attachment Informed Couple’s Therapy

In this webinar we look working with couples from a systemic perspective; causality and interactions in couples are circular, no one behaviour simply causes another. We look at ways in which partners invertedly help to create each other’s responses in circular feedback and we consider the use of circular questioning as a tool to highlight relational patterns. We look at the different stages of couples therapy and the related challenges and tasks in each stage.

Learning Objectives:

Be the end of the module participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose and task of attachment informed couples therapy
  2. Consider couples as systems and apply circular questioning
  3. Consider the tasks of attachment informed couples therapy through different stages

About Angela

Angela is a London based, BACP accredited integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, couple’s therapist, trainer and clinical supervisor. Angela holds an MA Integrative Counselling, Diploma in Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision. Previously Angela gained an MSt (Oxon) in European Literature.  She was a lecturer on the MSc in Integrative Counselling and Coaching at the University of East London (UEL) where she was module leader for the counselling application module of the course. Angela has previously worked as a student counsellor at UEL. When not working with clients, Angela is a passionate, abstract gestural artist.

Angela works with a wide range of clients and presentation in her private practice. Her particular interest is to work integratively on all aspects of being in relationships. To this end she co-designed an online course, The Relationship Maze, which draws on a range of therapeutic modalities including attachment theory, Transactional Analysis, Systems Theory, CBT and Gestalt. Angela can be heard in the weekly podcast The Relationship Maze,  https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-relationship-maze/id1542526780, where different presentations and challenges in relationships are discussed, for example managing differing levels of differentiation, loneliness and isolation, hope, narcissistic abuse, the impact of trauma, stress and polyvagal theory, managing projections or dealing effectively with conflict.

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CPD / CE / NBCC credits: 1 for each module

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