Dr. Dan Siegel Online Course - Attachment in Couples Therapy

Six Week Online Course - 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.  

Course Outline

Week 1: Foundation of IPNB, Integration, and the Mind
Build a solid understanding of the multidisciplinary field of interpersonal neurobiology. Gain a thorough understanding of the mind and what it means to have a healthy mind as we explore the mindsight approach, which includes insight, empathy, and integration. Discover how the mind, embodied brain, and relationships work together to shape who we are.

Week 2: Presence, Attunement, Resonance, and Trust
Explore how mindfulness and the cultivation of presence can lead to stronger, more connected, and healthier relationships. Dr. Siegel explains the key circuits in the nervous system that relate to connection, empathy, and understanding and identifies ways in which we can strengthen these areas to engage in more reflective dialogue, support emotional regulation, and promote repair to create more balance and well-being in relationships.

Week 3: Adult Attachment and the AAI: Memory, Narrative, and Making Sense
Dr. Siegel delves into the most recent attachment research, highlighting the findings of the Adult Attachment Interview studies. Explore how early life experiences – and how we make sense of and store these experiences in our memories – shape our nervous system, understanding of self, and relationships. Learn ways to help clients create new, more integrated narratives and gain tools to better understand relationship with self and others.

Week 4: Trauma, Attachment, and Integration
Learn how trauma – or an experience that overwhelms one’s capacity to adapt well – can greatly impact development, interact with gene expression, and impact relationships. Explore how to effectively help clients work through traumatic experiences, identify and restructure attachment patterns, and promote neural integration through the differentiation and linkage of the different areas of the brain.

Week 5: Together Yet Differentiated: The Role of Integration in Relational Health
Explore how integration – the differentiation and linkage of parts of a system – is a fundamental concept of health and well-being – both intra- and interpersonally. Explore the nine domains of integration and how consciousness, the concept of time, the understanding of the self, and our connection with others can be supported for optimized functioning.

Week 6: Creating Healthy, Integrated, and Rewarding Relationships
Dr. Siegel ties together these teachings and provides an integration of the principles and a practical understanding on how to use an IPNB approach in clinical work with couples. Discover how a mindsight lens for relationships can inform clinical conceptualization, treatment planning, and intervention to help patients create more coherent and fulfilling relationships with themselves, others, and the planet. 


Who we are is shaped deeply by our relationships—with others now, with attachment figures and others from the past, and even the history and current status of our relationship with our “self”.  In this online seminar participants will be invited to explore deeply the nature of our minds and how the self emerges from both our interpersonal relationships and our internal processes, including the activity of the neural circuits of the brain.  By weaving a wide range of sciences into one perspective, the transdisciplinary field of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) offers a consilient view, one that finds the universal discoveries across independent pursuits of knowledge.  When we apply the IPNB principles to couples therapy, new vistas and strategies of intervention arise that help guide a clinician’s work.

Attachment research and theory is a part of the field of developmental psychology that examines how the relationship between a child and an attachment figure shapes the development of the child.  Often familiar to many clinicians are the four categories of attachment that developmental studies have revealed.  The field of attachment focusing on adult experiences has two broad bases, one from studies of parent-child relations in which the parent’s adult attachment interview (AAI) findings have been shown to be the best predictor of the child’s attachment to that caregiver.  This reveals how the ways we “make sense” of our past determine how we interact with others.   The other base is the study of adult attachment from the point of view of adult-adult relationships.   These two fields of “adult attachment”—one from developmental studies and the other from only the study of adults—share a common vocabulary and theoretical foundation yet are distinct not only in their empirical approaches, each validated in numerous studies, but also in their actual findings.

When we combine attachment studies to the broader effort to understand the mind, what emerges is a rich, complex, and practical view of how relationships and the brain interact to “shape” who we are—to form the foundations of our mental experience, from how we regulate our emotions to the sense of our identity in life.  Interpersonal Neurobiology informs psychotherapy, it is not a form of therapy.  An IPNB perspective prepares therapists to deepen and broaden their work, applying scientific knowledge in the clinical immersion of psychotherapy. In this seminar we will apply the principles of IPNB to couples therapy through the lens of attachment in practical ways for the clinician. 


  • 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.


Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training:


  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Professional Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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