Dr. Dan Siegel Attachment in Couples Therapy
The first of its kind - an intensive course with Dr. Dan Siegel, where he shares his groundbreaking approach to psychotherapy. Dr. Siegel will share fundamental concepts that will transform your approach with clients. Tired of short-term fixes and band-aid techniques? Imagine having the skills that will create new and lasting changes in your clients' brains, minds, and relationships. Dr. Siegel will show you how neural integration and the power of the therapeutic relationship will change your clients lives and in the process...change yours as well.
This presentation will provide an in-depth immersion into the psychotherapy of couples from the perspective of the interdisciplinary field of Interpersonal Neurobiology, a “consilient” perspective that draws on the spectrum of scientific disciplines including attachment research and developmental neuroscience. By offering a view of the mind as a self-organizing, emergent process that is both embodied and relational, one that regulates energy and information flow within us and between us, we can then see how attachment plays a crucial role in shaping the neural and relational aspects of mind. Optimal self-organization arises from integration, the linkage of differentiated parts of a system. Impaired integration yields chaos and/or rigidity—illuminating how and why dysfunctional couples’ relationships become stuck in these uncomfortable and distressing states.
Understanding how patterns of energy and information flow shape the development of our neural circuitry helps us as therapists to see “four-dimensionally” into how past relationships have shaped brain architecture and how present relational challenges may respond best to future targeted therapeutic interventions designed to harness the adults’ ongoing capacity for neuroplastic changes. Effective therapy promotes integration, both between individuals and within them. This workshop will offer conceptual frameworks, scientific foundations, and practical applications that enrich and empower the couples therapist work to help transform the chaos and rigidity of non-integrated states of relatedness toward the harmony and vitality of integrated relationships.
- Name the two poles of functioning of dysfunctional relationships.
- Define the mind.
- Describe the fundamental way the mind moves toward well-being.
- Identify ways in which non-secure attachment compromises integration.
- 9-10:30 Overview of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment Research, Recursive Properties of Mind, and Psychotherapy
- 10:30-10:45 Discussion
- 10:45-11:00 Break
- 11:00-12:30 Couples Therapy, Neuroplasticity, and the Centrality of Integration
- 12:30-12:45 Discussion
- 12:45-2:00 Lunch Break
- 2:00-3:30 The Adult Attachment Interview, Making Sense, and Couples Transformation
- 3:30-3:45 Discussion
- 3:45-4:00 Break
- 4:00-5:00 Review of Practical Implications and General Discussion
Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training:
- Social Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Professional Counselors
- Addiction Counselors
- Other Mental Health Professionals