NP0016 The Great Attachment Debate

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NP0016, Attachment, Session 6, Allan Schore


Thank you for attending this final session of “The Great Attachment Debate.” We hope you’ll come away from this course with a better understanding of attachment research and an awareness of the range of viewpoints about attachment theory and the consulting room.

During this session with Allan Schore, one of the leaders of the neuropsychology movement, he’ll delve into how affect and psychobiological change are significant in the therapy process. He’ll cover intersubjectivity and how understanding it can help us in our work, how to help clients develop a body-based relationship unconscious, and much more.

After listening to the course, please take a few minutes to comment about what was most interesting to you about this session, and to reflect on the course in its entirety. What was most relevant to you in your practice and everyday life? What questions remain for you? Thank you all for your participation in this series, and for taking the time to share your thoughts.  If you ever have any technical questions, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org and our Support Team will help you.

04.24.2012   Posted In: NP0016 The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • Not available avatar Kathy hegberg 04.24.2012 13:33
    While i found Alan Shore's synopsis of where our field has from and where it is today, there was a striking lack of ability to describe what "right brained therapy" looks like in practice. Basically he said we have to listen to, read, and empathize with our clients. I hope that we already do that! For training purposes, it will be interesting to see what model develops out of left brain understanding to learn right brain process. Is anyone really doing this yet?
  • 0 avatar Carol Bettridge 04.26.2012 11:55
    I actually think that Allan Schore is consistently modeling right brain process which is why the question may not have been met with the type of response we're used to. To formulate a specific step by step approach answer would require a return to left brain. It's more about being than doing. I think he did give a right brain response; simply being in right brain communication with our clients, noticing subtle changes and unspoken nuances and responding to them by a gesture or expression, is what right brain therapy looks like. I think this type of communication allows clients to access their right brains, bodies and buried trauma. Fully 'being' with or attuned with self and other, below the words as they discussed is what I heard as the essence of right brain communication. Just as the infant/caregiver attachment has little to nothing to do with words, but instead involves fully being with and responding to the relationship, I see therapists being a similar though temporary safe base allowing clients to access that part of themselves in their process. I'm guessing observation of right brain communication would be the best way to see what it looks like. I would love to see Allan Schore in a session. It was also nice to hear the right brain getting some long overdue praise! Carol Christine Bettridge, LPC
  • Not available avatar Garry Chrusch 04.27.2012 12:28
    I enjoyed Dr. Allan Schore's presentation very much and what he presented resonated with me and validated my modality of practice.
  • Not available avatar Bonnie Johnson 04.28.2012 10:08
    I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. I have long been a supporter of Allan Schore and have his 1994 publication: "Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self". I do work mostly on BPD and this ties in very strongly with the psycho-genesis of the disorder. Thank you!
  • Not available avatar Angelica Smith 04.29.2012 11:57
    Back in the early 2000s I read an article by Allan Schore that was an epiphany for me. It seemed then that the current neuroscientific research was uncovering the biological underpinning of Kohut's theory of self psychology. I continue to believe this, but this webinar expanded my understanding so that I can see that focusing on right-brain non-verbal communication can take place within any theoretical framework. Thank you, Allan Schore!
  • 0 avatar kenneth latterner 05.02.2012 14:45
    Alan Schore did a nice job of elucidation on psychotherapy process whioh is more about presence than anything else. Maybe it is what some previous presenters meant by attunement. I remember studying some of Murray Bowen's theory about when going back to one's family, the therapuetic change comes about by being in the presence of our family, without being washed away by the emotional process. I like the hint that the therapist must work on himself as he/she is working with the client who is seeking connections and validation. Ken Latterner
  • 0 avatar elena lesser bruun 05.21.2012 14:38
    In the 70s, I was drawn to Carl Roger's facilitative conditions and to the spirit of non-directive therapy. Now it seems we've got an expanded notion of those conditions, but basically come full circle, with the research and scientific imprimatur to support them. Behavioral and cognitive approaches can still be helpful, but but usually in stage two, in the broader context of an attuned therapeutic alliance. Thank you so much for this presentation, Alan. Elena Lesser Bruun
  • 0 avatar ANITA FRANKEL MA, MFT 06.29.2012 16:31
    I very much enjoyed Alan Shore's presentation on the key importance of the right brain -- ours and our clients'. And from Dan Siegal, it's a relief to know that our brains are wired to connect. I would beg Dr. Shore's indulgence in suggesting that a more interesting vocabulary, and a somewhat different POV on attachment, is offered by the Relational-Cultural Therapy model which has been evolving for several decades at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley College. Rather then building on the idea of "secure attachment" and "affect regulation," the language is more about growth-fostering relationships which, starting in infancy and continuing throughout the lifespan, move individuals toward more mutual empathy and wider circles of relational possibility. The language of relational connections and disconnections and the capacity for relational repair is a rich one. I feel it more accurately describes the conplexity of our attunement (and failures of same), and how it may encourage or discourage the client to feel safe enough to become curious about new possibilities. In the RCT model, the co-creation of relationship is about the co-creation of our selves in relationship. If the relationship is one of shared power (or agency) and respect, it produced movement toward more power-sharing and agency in life. This last brings to the fore the "cultural" piece -- In a society of such stratified power and media image-shaping as ours, the impact of one's socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation impinges more or less dramatically on one's safety to speak and act self-confidently. We would agree with Jerome Kagan when he cites these factors as more predictive of adult psychological integration than is secure attachment in infancy.
  • Not available avatar andrew thomas 08.24.2013 08:56
    Found Allan Score's interview very rich in information which validates the Paradigm Shift from Behaviorism to Cognitive now to Emotion which has come on line as a result of the 'decade of the brain' - as a Trainee Counselor myself feel extremely grateful to be open minded to the ground breaking work of pioneers in neuroscience/other fields such as Allan Schore. Jaak Panskepp, Antonio Damesio, Joesph Ledoux, Mark Solms, Bruce Ecker, Dan Siegal,Steve Porges, Norman Doidge Diana Foshia, Jon Fredrickson -(Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy ) to name just a few (as there are many more!!!) who are reshaping Clinical awareness through Neuroscience & Intregrating Neuroscience into psychodynanic/Trauma FocusedPsychotherapy Models (espically Mark Solms, Diana Foshi and Jon Fredrickson!!!)excited times ahead i feel as the Scientific Evidence continues to validate and progress Affect Regulation Theory forward - which is fascinating to me bearing in mind FREUD was originally trained as a Neurologist!!!! MORE WILL BE REVEALED ;-)
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