Attachment Informed Grief Therapy: Interventions to create safety, strengthen self-capacities and promote re-engagement
A one-day training workshop
Speaker: Dr Phyllis Kosminsky
Date: 15 May 2020, Friday
Location: Online streaming only
Times: 10:00am to 4:00pm
CPD hours: 5
Ticket price per delegate for online streaming of the event: £135
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Attachment security is one of the very few factors that have been consistently identified by researchers seeking to understand the underlying causes of complicated vs. normal grief. In this interactive and clinically oriented workshop, Dr Kosminsky will look at what research and clinical practice have taught us about the development of a secure vs. insecure orientation to attachment, and show attachment orientation impacts emotional health across the lifespan, with an emphasis on response to loss.
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The workshop will explain the significance of contemporary perspectives on attachment and interpersonal neuroscience that are critical to understanding variations in peoples’ adaptation to loss, and will outline the implications of these insights for the practice of therapy with bereaved individuals. The core principles and practices of grief therapy have been consolidated in attachment informed grief therapy, an approach that emphasizes the centrality of the therapeutic relationship and the role of the therapist in helping the bereaved client re-regulate in the aftermath of significant loss. This approach is guided by an appreciation of the ways that attachment styles both mediate mourning and influence the therapeutic process.
In order to understand how early attachment experience influences emotional and interpersonal functioning, Dr Kosminsky will begin by reviewing recent developments in neuroscience related to brain development and affect regulation. She will elaborate on the implications of these findings for our understanding of grief, particularly the phenomenon of complicated grief, and will demonstrate how contemporary neuroscience and modern attachment theory, in conjunction with new models of grief and loss, can help us make sense of a given individual’s grief response, their methods of coping with the strong emotions that accompany bereavement, and how they make use of grief therapy.
Having established the basis and rationale of an attachment informed approach, the workshop will expand on the elements of grief therapy and the core clinical skills of the grief therapist that comprise this model.
Using clinical vignettes and client videos, the workshop will specifically explore:
- Our emerging understanding of the impact of early attachment experience on how people form relationships and how they manage strong emotions
- Identifying the three core principles of attachment theory that relate to grief and loss
- Clinical and research findings related to the role of insecure attachment in complicated grief
- Understanding what we mean by attachment informed grief therapywith a view to learning the practical application of attachment theory in providing bereavement support
- Making sense of the importance of emotion regulation in coping with loss, describing how deficits in emotion regulation contribute to complications in grief, and describing interventions for strengthening regulatory capacity
- The importance of mentalizing in healthy adaptation to loss and describing techniques for strengthening this capacity in bereaved clients
- Customising therapy to the client’s attachment orientation
- What it means to adopt an attachment informed approach to grief therapy, and the benefits of this approach for building a strong therapeutic alliance with bereaved clients
About the speaker
Phyllis Kosminsky, PhD, LCSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice in New York and at the Center for Hope in Darien, Connecticut. She has provided individual counseling to hundreds of bereaved individuals, and has helped many more in bereavement support groups and in the aftermath of traumatic events. She has conducted trainings for mental health professionals nationally and internationally in the treatment of normal and problematic grief. Her publications include journal articles, book chapters, and the book Getting Back to Life When Grief Won’t Heal (McGraw Hill, 2007). Her book with John R. Jordan, Attachment Informed Grief Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide to Foundations and Applicationswas published in 2016.
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