515 – Engaging the Client with a Disorganized Attachment Style (Clinical Showcase*)

Fosha, Diana 2016
Avoiding the Common Pitfalls
DIANA FOSHA, DIANE POOLE HELLER & STEPHEN PORGES

Straightforward problem-solving is simply not an effective option in work with clients with intense trauma histories and disorganized attachment styles. Therapeutic tasks like creating initial conditions of safety, determining optimal therapeutic proximity, effectively using the “relational field,” and resourcing interventions are central to success with such clients. This special workshop will focus on the challenges of doing attachment-based work with an extremely vulnerable treatment population by bringing together two noted therapists and a neuroscientist to discuss videos of actual clinical cases. Among the topics we’ll look at are:

  • The dangers of retraumatization and determining the appropriate intensity level a client can tolerate
  • Disentangling the threat response needed to defend against a scary parent from the healthy orientation toward connection of secure attachment
  • How the Polyvagal Theory can illuminate both the nature of disorganized attachment and the process of therapeutic healing

Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and founder and director of the AEDP Institute. She’s the author of The Transforming Power of Affect and coeditor of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice.

Diane Poole Heller, PhD, is the creator of the Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience (DARe), Somatic Attachment Training (SATe) certification program, Therapy Mastermind Circle, Attachment Mastery online courses, and Psychotherapy 2.0 Summit with Sounds True.

Stephen Porges, PhD, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he’s creating a trauma research center within the Kinsey Institute. He’s author of The Polyvagal Theory.

* Clinical Showcases highlight the different ways well-known innovators approach common clinical problems. Master therapists will show video clips of their work and then engage in a probing exploration of their moment-to-moment therapeutic decision-making. The goal is to open up possibilities for dialogue, debate, and fresh perspectives not usually featured within more standard workshop formats.

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