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Event Name

Healing Broken Bonds
For: General public, Professionals
Provided by: Jack Hirose & Associates

Date and Time

Tue May 12 to Wed May 13, 2015 (This event is over)
9:00 - 4:00pm


4201 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby, BC

Event Description

In the context of trauma, attachment failure is inevitable, leaving behind a lasting imprint on all future relationships, including the therapeutic one. Instead of experiencing therapy and the therapist as a haven of safety, the traumatized client will be driven by powerful wishes and fears of relationships. Because the capacity to tolerate affect without becoming overwhelmed develops in the context of secure attachment, therapeutic work will be challenged by the client’s vulnerability to affect dysregulation and recurrent crises.

In order to address the trauma, therapists increasingly find that they must first address its effects on the client’s attachment patterns. Until the client’s disorganized attachment, traumatic transference and disturbances in the capacity to self-regulate and self-soothe are addressed, the therapy either becomes stagnant or unstable.

In this workshop, we will address the impact of traumatic and sub-optimal attachment experiences on affect regulation, exploring how to understand the effects of traumatic attachment from a psychobiological perspective and how to work with both the somatic and relational legacy of attachment.

Using interventions drawn from the neuroscience and attachment research and from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-centered talking therapy tailored to the treatment of trauma and affect dysregulation, this workshop will utilize a combination of lecture, video and experiential exercises to explore a neurobiologically-informed understanding of the impact of trauma on attachment behaviour, somatic interventions for challenging trauma-related relational patterns, and opportunities to use ourselves as “neurobiological regulators” of the client’s dysregulated emotional and autonomic states.

More Info

1-800-456-5424 (Toll Free)


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This event is listed under these topics

Developmental, Intellectual Delay and Disabilities
Learning Disorders
Child and Youth Service Organizations
Physical Disabilities
Mood Disorders
Mental Health in General
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