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P004, Attachment, Bonus Session, Ed Tronick


Thank you for your participation in our New Perspectives on Practice Series, “The Great Attachment Debate.” These six sessions will cover a wide range of viewpoints on attachment theory and research and how the role of attachment theory in the consulting room. For our Bonus Session, “What Therapists Should Know about Human Development,” development researcher Ed Tronick will join us to discuss development, attachment, and psychotherapy.

After listening, please take a few minutes to comment about what’s most interesting to you so far throughout this webinar series, what stood out to you the most after Ed Tronick’s Bonus Session, and to ask any questions you may have. We invite you to include your name and hometown to continue creating a sense of community and to read and respond to others’ comments and questions.

04.29.2011   Posted In: P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • 0 avatar Merrilee Gibson 05.10.2011 19:15
    Well my goodness, thank you Dr. Tronick. You have succeeded in providing some meaning for this therapist. I had not previously heard very much about the ideas you presented, but I am certainly going to find out more. In hearing distinguished presenters this past six weeks, I felt somewhat perplexed at accommodating--or making meaning--out of the sometimes varied and even opposing viewpoints we have heard. I feel your approach was a kind of bridge toward greater understanding. I truly did find your presentation helpful and clarifying. It made a great deal of sense. Thank you so much.
  • Not available avatar Ed Tronick 05.15.2011 15:57
    Merrilee. I appreciate your comment and I think it is on target. Many different perpectives are useful but at their core all involve and require a notion of the meaning the individual makes of his or her self in relationt to world of things, people and to his or herself. At times a focus on meaning as being only in the explicit domain of language and symbols has limited and distorted how we can work with people. I believe that therapies as varied as CBT, body psychotherapy, ABA psychodynamic therapies, neuro-feedback operate to change the individual's meaning. A key will be to figure out which one to use when and for what sort of problematic meaning. You might want to see my paper with Marjorie Beeghly in the 2011 issue of the American Psychologist and another in a book by D. Fosha and D. Siegel, on emotions.
  • Not available avatar Francesca Mengarelli 05.18.2011 11:18
    Thank you so much for this bonus session, which I found to be my favorite and most thought provoking. I was heartened at the thought that all of these perspectives are helpful at creating meaning, and some messiness, on our road to better therapy and greater understanding.
    • Not available avatar Ed Tronick 06.07.2011 18:46
      Ms. Mangarelli:
      I often think messiness is a key concept. We all as therapists want to do so well and often we see that as 'orderly" and "clean" rather than involving the give and take that over time leads to emergence of new meanings. I also think that sometimes one level is really in fanct 'messed up" such as the explicit (which we hang on to so much) and other levels (physiology or micro communicative patterns) are infact moving forward.
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